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The Illogic of Kassel

The Illogic of Kassel is one of the most richly allusive novels you’re likely to encounter, with references from literary greats and avant gardists such as Kafka, Borges and Raymond Roussel to contemporary iconoclasts including the performance artist Tino Sehgal.

The Moor's Account: A Novel

The Moor’s Account is also about the nature of storytelling and how the past is often rewritten

The Automobile Club of Egypt: A novel

The Automobile Club Of Egypt just never seems able to find the gas pedal. It eventually crosses the finish line, of course, but it does so sputtering rather than racing.

Eileen: A Novel

There is a sweetly sinister humor in Moshfegh's prose; I pushed the book on my 20-something daughter, who yelped at the darkness but read to the last page.

The Complete Stories

Having Carter and Nabokov in my reading life has always been a gift. In introducing me to a third writer of their caliber, The Complete Stories is a discovery every bit as joyous and revelatory.

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
Slate : Eat or Be Eaten (August 03, 2015)

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine is one of the best books I’ve read about what it feels like to have a body: the mystery of its unseen innards, the ongoing project of its appearance, the meaty fact of its movement through the world.

A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design
Slate : Wonder (August 04, 2015)

A Beautiful Question is a meditation, not a solution. Reaching the end of the book offers the same rush of satisfaction, of comfort, that you’d get from cleaning out a messy closet, or assembling a piece of furniture—but on an immense, cosmic scale, accompanied by a strange and buoyant joy.

The Boundaries of Desire: A Century of Good Sex, Bad Laws, and Changing Identities

Ultimately, The Boundaries of Desire lacks a clear narrative because sex law itself is inconsistent and illogical.

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
Slate : The Oregon Trail, IRL (August 07, 2015)

Ultimately, it’s better to return to the mules, which The Oregon Trail wisely does in its final pages

Bennington Girls Are Easy: A Novel

Ultimately, the book is a bittersweet ode not to New York City per se but to the long, grueling journey from hopeful transplant to seasoned, hardened New Yorker.


Dietland is a harsh, in-your-face look at our society and the ugliness of a world where women’s bodies are public.

Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War

Regardless of your own (hopefully) conflicted notions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War will certainly further develop a story many of us may have only seen as a mushroom cloud, illuminating those beneath it.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a true foodie read with heart.

Woman with a Secret

Woman With a Secret is something of a polarizing read, at least based on what I've seen.

Port of No Return

This novel is definitely a worth reading, especially for those whose roots are deeply embedded in Italy, like me! Recommended!

Fortune Smiles: Stories

Her plots are ingenious — she’s a writer in complete command of her material — and it’s O.K. if you haven’t quite kept up. She keeps you puzzled and intrigued, right until the end.

Woman with a Secret

It’s always comforting to be back among the misfits and malcontents of the fictional Spilling police department.

Eileen: A Novel

Literary thrillers are like that charismatic politician who can reel everyone in, creating the illusion that no one will have to give up any of his values to be satisfied. But for this reader, the thrill is the language.