Tuesday, October 8 2013
Say goodbye to magical realism with this breathtaking novel, which combines history with profound reflections on the process of remembering.
Without bells or whistles, but with love and a subtle touch, Lee Sandlin lays bare the lives of his very private ancestors in this simple but pleasurable memoir.
Monday, October 7 2013
David Mikics' leisurely contemplation, Slow Reading in a Hurried Age, makes the case for literature in a digital world.
Although not excellent literature, this can be a heart-breaking read at times, because all the hardships of childhood come soaring back.
Friday, October 4 2013
The Lowland is more than an examination of misguided youthful idealism: it's an examination of what happens once youth has passed, when pitiless hindsight sets in.
In The Lowland, as in her first book, Interpreter of Maladies, Lahiri invents people with emotional and spiritual sicknesses, and she explains them to us.
Thursday, October 3 2013
Classic comics ranged from the cartoonishly simple to the intricately complex. The true surprise is that the best of both worlds was drawn by one man.
Maggie O'Farrell is deft at delineating character, to the extent that by the end of the novel, the reader feels on intimate terms with everyone involved.
Wednesday, October 2 2013
Tango: Sex and Rhythm of the City is more than just a history of Argentina's most famous cultural export; it is, in many ways, a history of Argentina itself, with the evolution of tango and the lives of its main architects intertwined with the social, political, and cultural evolution of the nation.
Psychologists take on questions about what makes superhero media so compelling, and how comic books change us -- for better and for worse.
Tuesday, October 1 2013
For most of the ride, The Rosie Project is a crowd-pleasing read, and a rarity in Chick Lit circles: a romance for women that men wouldn’t be embarrassed to pick up.
In barren Scotland, young Anais struggles with inner demons as well as the real ones all around her.
Monday, September 30 2013
Scott McClanahan's Hill William is a book for the willful forgetters, for the violence of the innocent, and most of all for those who couldn’t have done otherwise.
Friday, September 27 2013
Rafael Schacter traces the development of street art and graffiti from across the globe in The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti.
Wednesday, September 25 2013
Part memoir, part lecture, and part how to, From the Ground Up is as thoughtful, complicated and chaotic as the gardening (and life) journey it describes.
Tuesday, September 24 2013
& Sons is essentially a novel about reclusiveness, and how that purifies art and distills it into something honest and real.
Rachel Kushner zealously reminds readers that our identities and relationships with others are performances based on ideas we have learned and practiced.
Monday, September 23 2013
John Lennon brooded: "Everything we do, the Stones do four months later."
Friday, September 20 2013
The secret in Anne Gillain's book isn't a sensationalist touch, but rather an absolutely new way for scholars to analyze François Truffaut's work.
Thursday, September 19 2013
James M. Lang gives anyone who teaches a lot to think about.