Year in Reading

December 14, 2013

A Year in Reading: Tess Malone 1

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The Race Beat could have been a dry list of forgotten bylines and protests, but these personal details made it a sweeping narrative with heroes and villains, tragedy and victory, and even nuance.

December 14, 2013

A Year in Reading: Bill Morris 4

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I don’t buy books or movie tickets based on awards, and I’m proud to be able to say that I bought my copy of The Good Lord Bird before it was nominated for the National Book Award and I finished reading it before the awards ceremony.

December 14, 2013

A Year in Reading: Emily St. John Mandel 2

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What makes Scissors extraordinary isn’t Stéphane Michaka’s technical fireworks, but the humanity and compassion with which he presents his flawed and fascinating characters, in their struggles with alcoholism, with one another, with their work, with themselves.

December 13, 2013

A Year In Reading: Roxane Gay 0

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Early in the book, Celeste Price marks her classroom with her vaginal juices, so she might better seduce one of the unsuspecting boys in her eighth grade class.

December 13, 2013

A Year in Reading: Mohsin Hamid 2

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It also oozes braininess and sex. If you aren’t intrigued, you’re a hard, hard soul.

December 13, 2013

A Year in Reading: Caleb Crain 1

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If you’ve ever wondered why the Church of England has failed to substantially revise its prayer book since 1662, or what the jokes in Victorian novels about church candlesticks are really about, this is the history for you.

December 13, 2013

A Year in Reading: Matt Bell 52

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Smart and funny and brutally moving, it’s the most aggressive short story collection I’ve read in a long time, one that forces emotional participation and moral complicity on its readers.

December 12, 2013

A Year in Reading: Elizabeth Minkel 0

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It helps to root myself in the books I’ve been reading over the past 11 months: they have carried me across the ocean, as I have carried them.

December 12, 2013

A Year in Reading: Reif Larsen 1

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Everything about Device 6 — including your reading/playing experience — is anticipated by the narrative framework of the book/game.

December 12, 2013

A Year in Reading: Janice Clark 0

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Tartt’s prose has the unfakeable depth and luster of long gestation, reward for the decade-long waits between her books.