Year in Reading

December 9, 2014

A Year in Reading: Edan Lepucki 14

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Before my summer publication madness, before I did my reading in airplanes and various Panera locations and cheesy hotel bars, I had one particular experience with a book that filled my soul with fizz and made me feel alive in that way that only reading a great book can.

December 9, 2014

A Year in Reading: Philipp Meyer 15

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Bully of Order is not always an easy book, but it’s brilliant, and Hart is an incredible writer who will likely go down as one of the greats.

December 9, 2014

A Year in Reading: Yelena Akhtiorskaya 0

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This may be the perfect book.

December 9, 2014

A Year in Reading: Tana French 1

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The way Guy’s mind twists and disintegrates makes the book an incredible study of psychological torture and how fine the membrane is between normality and the underlying darkness.

December 8, 2014

A Year in Reading: Emily St. John Mandel 3

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Without reservation, I would call J.M. Ledgard’s Submergence a masterpiece.

December 8, 2014

A Year in Reading: Phil Klay 0

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It’s a short little book that, despite being an absolutely zany satire, packs a serious emotional punch. And it’s hilarious.

December 8, 2014

A Year in Reading: Jane Smiley 0

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Banffy’s insights into the failures of politics, both through corruption and through incompetence, seem absolutely relevant to modern America.

December 8, 2014

A Year in Reading: Ben Lerner 13

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Please read this book with me because everybody who reads it gets to enter a meadow where we can dance and die together.

December 7, 2014

A Year in Reading: Michael Bourne 1

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Meyer spent five years researching and writing The Son, reading some 300 books on Texas, teaching himself how to hunt with a bow, and shooting a buffalo so he could experience what it was like to drink its blood.

December 7, 2014

A Year in Reading: Nick Ripatrazone 0

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Bone Map was a reminder of how it felt to be devastated, made new by poetry. I can’t expect much more from a book.