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Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel

Tippins is clearly in love with her glittery cast. Those who aren't will find "Inside the Dream Palace" overlong and cloying - culled mostly from existing memoirs and punctuated with fatuous generalizations.


The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams

I would argue that the book's greatest strength comes in the details that we weren't looking for, the ones that contribute less to the notion of a legend and more to the portrait of a human being.


Shantytown

His characters are as real — and as flawed — as we are, and they account for many of the tremendous pleasures Shantytown has to offer.


Dangerous Women

The fury of a woman scorned is just one of the perils encountered in "Dangerous Women," a splendid cross-genre anthology featuring original stories by a number of writers, male and female.


Champion

It was a satisfactory ending to a series that will probably count as forgettable in my book.


Life After Yes: A Novel

Ms. Rowley’s brilliant characterizations and stellar writing save the novel from becoming too clichéd and create something more serious and philosophical than any romance story ever is.


Raw: A Love Story

It's a bitter pill of a book, to be sure, but it's also a hilarious and — occasionally — an unexpectedly sweet illustration of why we write and read in the first place. Literature doesn't need to be saved; it just needs to save us from ourselves.


Horse of a Different Color: Stories

What’s most rewarding in Mr. Waldrop’s best work is how he both shocks and entertains the reader.


Autobiography

Like Morrissey’s lyrics, “Autobiography” is filled with prose of dazzling, poetic excess that unspools without regard for conventional organizational tools, such as chapters or paragraphs of any reasonable length.


Autobiography

It's yet another performance — a grandly entertaining one — from an artist whose only use for intimacy may be as part of his act.


The Madman's Daughter

The Madman’s Daughter is dark, disturbing, grotesque, and utterly fascinating.


A Taste of Blood Wine

A Taste of Blood Wine is enough of a change from convention that it grabs a reader’s interest, and has enough scientific speculation, social commentary, and historical detail to really set the tone properly and keep readers engaged.


The Facades: A Novel

Lundgren boasts remarkable comic skill, highlighted best when contrasting Trude’s crumbling infrastructure and culture with the endless font of needless capitalism.


Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years

He captures the internecine struggles and bonds that were so important to forming the band’s winning formula.


Something More Than Night

You know what’s awesome? Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis. Like, really awesome. Doubleplusgood awesome. It’s a swell time with a hotcha date and a shoe full of folding. And that’s all there is to it.


Death of a Nightingale

An elaborately plotted page-turner that flits from today's liberal-minded Denmark and mobbed-up Ukraine to the starvation-racked Soviet Union of the Stalinist '30s.


The Apartment: A Novel

Such a surprisingly compelling read and so apropos; it captures the mood of the current moment and what seems to be a new “lost generation,” one formed not so much by exposure to violence, as immunity to and alienation from it.


A Partial History of Lost Causes: A Novel

In urgent fashion, Dubois deftly evokes Russia’s political and social metamorphosis over the past 30 years through the prism of this particular and moving relationship.


A Partial History of Lost Causes: A Novel

DuBois evokes Soviet and modern-day Russia so finely and comically that the tighter and tighter interweavings of the plot sometimes suffocate.