Thursday, March 6 2014
The Rube Goldberg Variations are finally given a museum-quality recollection by none other than the artist's Granddaughter. It's hardly what you'd call "very simple".
Wednesday, March 5 2014
One comes away from Don Drummond with a clearer sense of who the man was and why he is considered by many to be the best musician so few people have ever heard of.
This classic dark, enchanting, eyebrow raising tale from Finland, wherein talking animals are swiftly slaughtered, can be a bit of a challenge, but it's never boring.
Tuesday, March 4 2014
The addled combinations of sap and syrup, air and gravity, evaporation and consolidation also serve as a humble harbinger of global warming.
Lifted is an absorbing exploration into how the introduction of elevators into buildings transformed cities and the experience of living and working in them.
Monday, March 3 2014
Timothy Schaffert draws upon L. Frank Baum's Oz mythology for his gorgeous fifth novel, The Swan Gondola.
Part Shakespearean analysis, part cultural anthropology, part literary criticism and part psychoanalysis, Missing Out is a compendium of insights and musings about our desire to be more than we are.
Friday, February 28 2014
Gardiner approaches Bach with a great deal of consideration beforehand, leavened with the knowledge that music is about the transmission of emotion rather than logic.
Thursday, February 27 2014
There’s a lot of space in these short stories, a sense of the vastness of the Canadian wilderness which surrounds and sometimes envelops the characters.
In the ambitious Night In Shanghai, Nicole Mones attempts to recreate a city of nearly a century ago.
Wednesday, February 26 2014
If the devil lives in the details, Stanley Crouch’s mission in his biography of Charlie Parker is not just to befriend the devil, but to make him a business partner.
There ain't no party like a Slavic party, 1939. We get romance and moonshine in advance of the blitzkrieg in this humorous first novel.
Tuesday, February 25 2014
Rohan Wilson composes a work of historical fiction that never shies away from the horrors that gave birth to modern-day Tasmania.
Unorthodox literary tactics imbue Fallen Land with psychological drama, keen social commentary, and riveting suspense all at once.
Monday, February 24 2014
One of the earliest, and most illegal, social networks led to one of the greatest technological revolutions of our time.
Imagining the world ending is a safe kind of fantasy because, deep down inside, we don’t think it can actually happen.
Friday, February 21 2014
This is an elegant, concise book on the entanglement of feminism with imperialism by a foremost anthropologist in her field.
Thursday, February 20 2014
A London Year chronicles marvelous tales and observations by writers known and unknown.
In Simple Dreams Grammy Award wining Linda Ronstadt takes readers on a ride through the landscape of America's '60s and '70s music.
Wednesday, February 19 2014
Dave Berg's Mad work reveals the true motivations of people, their selfishness and greed, and their utter ridiculousness.