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The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

She is better in defense of what she loves than she is on the attack, when she can sound tinny and ad hominem.

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

Documenting over ten years' worth of activity and shifts in thought towards being more pragmatic makes for a weird record. To take it seriously is to implicitly agree that something like it should have existed sooner.

The New and Improved Romie Futch

When all is said and done, Romie is absolutely new and improved, much more likeable and relatable after he’s been pumped full of books. Whether his life will be new and improved is the better question.


Smugglers has a quiet, dazzling nature to it that I find palpable.


In these beautifully wrought fictions that are long enough to suggest the more protracted, picaresque journey of a novel, but short enough to be packed severally into a single vessel of flight, Drigger’s great gift is made manifest, leaving us to look forward to whatever he determines to write next.

Bird: A Novel
The Rumpus : Bird by Noy Holland (November 18, 2015)

In this sanctioned space that disallows the ease of the familiar, Bird is allowed to authentically be.

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir

Brownstein misses the opportunity to portray that complexity to its fullest because she does not push the bounds of her own comfort level.

Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems

This book is a clear turning back, a consideration of what Lewis most wants to leave behind and forget—the tragedies and horrors that seem to provide nothing but grief.

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories

The truth here is that Anthony Marra has once again delivered us a gift of heartbreaking warmth, humor, and humanity. Accept this gift.

The State We're In: Maine Stories

If you’re interested in well-written, universal tales that surprise and entice, pull up an Adirondack chair and dig in. Just don’t get up too quickly.

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Just as Southern novelist William Faulkner made a statement when he wrote sentences that went on for pages, perhaps Vowell was also trying to do something artistic with a book that spirals off into millions of galaxies. Or maybe she got caught up in writing a thesis.

Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story

Once In a Great City raises plenty of questions about what happens when a people divided are unable, despite their best intentions, to pull together.

The Big Green Tent

Tent is an homage to 19th- and 20th-century Russian writers, all of whom suffered to a lesser or greater degree at the hands of the state, whether pre- or post-Revolution, for their work

Food Whore

If Tia Monroe isn’t the most reliable guide out there, her flaws are no worse than those of many real-life celebrity chefs.

Numero Zero

this slim satirical novel focuses exclusively on sinister undercurrents in post-World War II Italian politics — a milieu relatively unfamiliar to many American readers.

Shopaholic to the Rescue: A Novel

This is a quick, fun read with the bright lights and decadence of Las Vegas to add the golden touch of luxury that shopaholic readers have come to love and expect.

Bookreporter : Tightrope (November 07, 2015)

Simon Mawer has skillfully created a work of historical fiction that reads like a thriller, all within the framework of fine literature. TIGHTROPE is another outstanding effort that cements Mawer's hold on WWII-era fiction.

Allegiance: A Novel
Bookreporter : Allegiance (November 06, 2015)

An enjoyable, thoughtful, informative and compelling novel that is certainly worth reading.

The Improbability of Love: A novel

Rothschild...is perhaps uniquely qualified to paint this kind of portrait --- one that is simultaneously funny and satirical yet respectful of the power of art to transcend all the backstabbing and betrayals that its potential possession might engender.