Year in Reading

December 19, 2014

A Year in Reading: William Giraldi 0

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Only those with a consummate lack of cleverness wield the word “clever” as an insult, and De Vries demonstrates just how much can be done with a creative intelligence charged by the clever and satirical and ironic.

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Bill Morris 1

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Delightfully free of finger-pointing, cheap nostalgia, or breathless boosterism, the book makes the point that only through an understanding of this troubled city’s history can one hope to understand its current woes and its possible ways forward. 

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Julia Fierro 0

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It’s rare that a book inspires me as both a writer and a reader, and The Barter did just that, while exploring, with refreshing honesty, the internal and external demands that women continue to face.

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Caitlin Doughty 1

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Each story is more bonkers than the next.

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Scott Cheshire 1

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The only thing that could have made Marilynn Robinson’s Lila better were if she rocked me in her arms as she read it to me as if I were her child.

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Molly Antopol 0

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I can think of few writers who pack as much humor, psychological precision, and insanely exciting language into a single paragraph, let alone an entire story, as Elizabeth McCracken does again and again.

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Tom Nissley 3

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I did something in 2014 that would throw a wrench into anyone’s reading: I bought a bookstore.

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Darcey Steinke 0

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Hathaway writes with precision and spiritual dignity, giving advice that jumps off the page and directly into the heart.

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Ron Rash 0

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The writing throughout is superb, and at times so vivid that I felt unmoored from my own world and completely in the author’s.

December 16, 2014

A Year in Reading: Emma Straub 1

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Four of my favorites this year were story collections, which I suppose makes sense, given that stories take less time to read and are therefore a less intimidating enterprise for a new mother operating on very little sleep.