Year in Reading

December 15, 2013

A Year in Reading: Sam Lipsyte 2

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A hypnotic piece of writing that reinvents all those so-called literary reinventions of the crime novel.

December 15, 2013

A Year in Reading: Kathryn Davis 2

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Isak Dinesen sends you on your way to wherever you are going to end up, though who knows where that might be.  Better yet, once you finally arrive where you’ve been headed all along, you can’t exactly say how you got there.

December 15, 2013

A Year in Reading: Sonya Chung 1

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It is Duras’s great accomplishment that, by the end of The Square, I am convinced that these two minds and souls are not only fully real, but that they are me.

December 15, 2013

A Year in Reading: Michael Bourne 3

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The Orenda sheds new light on the dark crime at the heart of all North American history, but more important than that, it renders the ostensible victims of that crime, the Indians, as complex, fully realized human beings.

December 14, 2013

A Year in Reading: Adam Wilson 4

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I’ve always liked books about drugs; they’re a good substitute for drugs.

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 4

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