Tuesday, March 25 2014
A Japanese period of heightened tension, military marches, and personal discovery.
Monday, March 24 2014
I'll Take You There is really the biography of a musical family, centering on not one but two life stories: Mavis Staples’, and that of her biggest influence, dear ol' dad.
Jung Chang pays tribute to a complex ruler at the crossroads of change, and dispels the rigid caricature that has been portrayed for so long.
Friday, March 21 2014
After fighting so long as a Cassandra of the coming ecological catastrophe, Elizabeth Kolbert's latest, The Sixth Extinction, embraces the long view of disaster.
Thursday, March 20 2014
Elizabeth Lunbeck's The Americanization of Narcissism describes how this misunderstood concept has been inextricably woven into the fabric of American culture for decades.
Ron Currie Jr.'s smart, funny writing is overshadowed by an ambitious reach that falls short.
Wednesday, March 19 2014
Lorrie Moore resists the current trend of publishing a story collection with a central theme or gimmick. Hers are simply the products of random bolts of inspiration.
A curious manuscript. The specter of a small child. Cold fevers. That's right, it's a ghost story.
Tuesday, March 18 2014
Manto was no Charles Bukowski with a tendency to excoriate the perils of the female flesh, nor Alifa Rifaat, who wrote frankly about female desire and lust; he created his own world where women were not victims.
Monday, March 17 2014
Richard Florida is one-upping Karl Marx, casting the creative class as the rightful inheritors of the fruits of the Earth.
Friday, March 14 2014
Gertrude Van Tijn was a social worker who became a Jewish leader in Amsterdam and spent her life securing the emigration of Jewish refugees. Unlike Anne Frank, Van Tijn survived.
Thursday, March 13 2014
Hangouts at a drive-in theater, bowling alley, or mall have moved to online spaces as changes in commuting, school districts, and chronic overscheduling of teens means they need a new way to network.
Kids These Days is an entertaining exploration of impending fatherhood and criminal madness.
Wednesday, March 12 2014
It’s impossible not to realize that the author, too, has come to the conclusion that Fritz Lang was a beast not even he could tame.
Who loves Big Brother? You do. The Office of Mercy is only technically about the future. In spirit, it's about the here and now.
Tuesday, March 11 2014
Outside the likes of Zadie Smith, we may never see such a young novelist perform such a great highwire act, and largely succeed, as Eleanor Catton has done here.
Each story touches on different issues, ponders different concerns, and asks different questions. Each story has a distinct message and voice.
Monday, March 10 2014
In her debut collection of stories, I Want to Show You More, Jamie Quatro reveals her talent for examining the desire and vulnerability inside us all.
The closer we think we’re looking at Joyce Maynard, the further she distances herself from us.
Friday, March 7 2014
Observed as ambiguous figures as impossible to pin down as the effect of the colors they discuss, John Harvey's The Story of Black and Carol Mavor Blue Mythologies are impossible to resist.