Year in Reading

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.

December 12, 2013

A Year in Reading: Paul Harding 11

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This collection knocked me out because the stories are quiet and understated and lucid and gather up their power almost without the reader realizing it, then they break your heart, just like that.

December 11, 2013

A Year in Reading: Adelle Waldman 5

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I was twenty when I read it for the first time, and it changed everything for me.

December 11, 2013

A Year in Reading: Gabriel Roth 1

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I should be clear: this book terrified me.

December 11, 2013

A Year in Reading: Tom Drury 2

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I am this moment admiring a single, 23-line sentence that describes emeralds, sex between longtime lovers, and the sun coming up in compelling visual language.

December 11, 2013

A Year in Reading: Rachel Kushner 1

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More biographies should be poetic-philosophical treatises that foreclose morality in favor of essence.

December 10, 2013

A Year in Reading: Janet Potter 2

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The Second Annual Janet Potter Awards for Literary Achievement…including “Cutest Couple,” “Best Temper Tantrum,” and “Biggest Failure.”

December 10, 2013

A Year in Reading: Chang-rae Lee 0

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To me, her gift is akin to that of those rare actors, like a Streep or a Brando, who can totally become a character but retain their own essence through and through.

December 10, 2013

A Year in Reading: Scott Turow 1

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It is a book that is both beautiful and terrifying about a dystopian world that happen to exist.

December 10, 2013

A Year in Reading: Elizabeth Strout 1

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Reading her reminded me of that child-like excitement when you can’t look up from the page, when your eyes seem to be popping from your head, when you think: I didn’t know books could do this!