Thursday, February 26 2015
Along the way to Preparation for the Next Life's dramatic conclusion, there's a good deal of lovely, Nabokovian-like descriptive writing.
Wednesday, February 25 2015
This deeply engrossing and sophisticated Japanese novel unpeels itself in multiple nested narratives over its 855 page length.
Tuesday, February 24 2015
This novel's recurring themes of discontent and rivalry dominate whatever moments of tenderness and solidarity remain after Irish village life has given way to common death.
Monday, February 23 2015
The story of Jean-Michel Basquiat's longtime companion lets us see him as more than merely a brilliant artist.
Thursday, February 19 2015
Johannes Fried's erudite study traces our evolution towards reason, worldwide exploration, and rational procedures to a dynamic medieval period.
Wednesday, February 18 2015
Hugo Glass survives a brutal attack to pursue those who left him to die in this retelling, based on true events during the frontier winter of 1823-1824.
Tuesday, February 17 2015
Paul Strohm's Chaucer's Tale tells how Chaucer's fall from political favor in London elevated his literary ambitions in rural retreat.
Monday, February 16 2015
Walter Isaacson's The Innovators explores the history of the digital age as told through the intertwined lives of the men and women who created it.
Thursday, February 12 2015
Letter to a Future Lover tries to make sense of the world through the flotsam and jetsam of things left in books.
Wednesday, February 11 2015
At one point, Thomas gave up his teaching job because the desire to finish his writing had outweighed the desire to achieve financial security. Such passion is evident in the pages of his novel.
Tuesday, February 10 2015
There's a lot to admire about this graphic-fiction account of the complicated and controversial evidence surrounding the Kennedy assassination
Thursday, February 5 2015
A book with this kind of subtly, lyricism, and quiet intensity isn’t just appreciated—it’s restorative.
Wednesday, February 4 2015
Charles Spooner Garrett, Harvard English degree in hand, has no particular talents, ambitions, or goals when he lands a teaching position at the Abbott School, in Abbottsford, Massachusetts.
Tuesday, February 3 2015
Although the interesting model of Scarcity makes it worth a read, like too many behavioral economics texts, it tries to cram too many global phenomena under its framework.
Monday, February 2 2015
Dr. Ayesha Jalal's thorough survey will remain the definitive history of Pakistan for decades to come.
Friday, January 30 2015
The remote mountain villages of le Chambon and the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon were Protestant havens that opened their homes to shelter countless Jewish children during WWII.
Thursday, January 29 2015
Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires is a blend of narrative genius with deep political philosophical significance, couched in a surreal blend of comic and prose.
Gazing upon this vast collection of images with an abundance of rare and previously unseen stills, one cannot help but feel that Gottlieb-Walker captures the films' ontological identity.
Wednesday, January 28 2015
There’s more of value in one Calvino essay about Roman pig sties than there is in a week’s worth of slop from the Huffington Post.