Tuesday, January 28 2014
The long-awaited first volume of an encyclopedic biography of Barbara Stanwyck’s life and career arrives on shelves with plenty of flaws for the second installment to correct.
Chico Buarque's fourth novel emphasizes the significance of a life fully lived, despite its brevity.
Monday, January 27 2014
This is an exhaustive, if exhausting analysis of the debauchery and bad decisions that link the most famous members of the "27 Club".
Jeffrey Stepakoff's The Melody of Secrets is a complex story of unrequited love, racial tensions, the space age, and the after-effects of World War II.
Friday, January 24 2014
Steven Moore develops layered landscapes of literary history, and deftly brings the reader to the various authors' time and place.
Thursday, January 23 2014
Can fanfiction be creative and original? Is it always derivative? Does fanfiction violate copyright laws? Is it plagiarism?
Wednesday, January 22 2014
Franz Kafka's The Castle, as adapted for the gridded page, is fittingly bleak and frustrating, if fascinating and engrossing.
Tuesday, January 21 2014
The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays is bursting with insightful observations, immaculate connections, and thorough examination, illustrating why Wood is considered a master of his craft.
Travels in the Scriptorium and Man in the Dark offer potent examples of the creative process and how an author struggles with the blank page.
Monday, January 20 2014
Detroit is one of America's most notorious clusterfucks. It's also recently emerged as a perceived land of opportunity.
"You Can Tell Just by Looking" is a fact based book that debunks myths being perpetuated by both heterosexual and homosexual people alike.
Friday, January 17 2014
On the postwar repercussions of poor diplomacy and inept decision-making in economic and foreign policy that led to the widespread nationalism across Europe during the interwar years.
The Most of Nora Ephron celebrates this talented writer. If there was a medium in which she could express herself through words, then Ephron was on it.
Thursday, January 16 2014
Jason Bailey leaves virtually no stone unturned as he traces Tarantino’s path from being a fellow movie lover to one of the world’s leading directors and the co-creator of one the most influential films.
Smart and funny, shrewd and bawdy, 40 years after publication, Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying remains timely in its concerns.
Wednesday, January 15 2014
Guests on Earth is full of somewhat eccentric but often very likeable characters, thoughtful storylines, and probing questions.
Speculation is interesting, but it seems that the best option for someone writing about Nick Drake's "Dreaming England" would be assertiveness, conclusiveness, and definition.
Tuesday, January 14 2014
The Twenty-Seventh City, first published in 1988, is shockingly prescient. A reader unaware of the publication date would assume it recent.
Duong Thu Huong's grace with words makes The Zenith bearable even as the work marches across dark and confusing territory.
Monday, January 13 2014
While Ann Patchett has been depressed at least twice, this collection of 22 non-fiction pieces which run the gamut from dogs to divorce, more than lives up to its name.