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January 01, 1990 - December 08, 2012 + Bookworm
You Don't Love Me Yet (Doubleday) The pleasures of the lightweight and the free-spirited.
The Inheritance of Loss (Grove) Booker Prize-winner Kiran Desai says she prefers "messiness" to perfection--it's more human, and it fits her subject better.
The Visible World (Houghton Mifflin) Can a novelist uncover a secret?
Haunted House (Ashbery); Prose Poems (Padgett) (both from Black Square Editions) The haunted, lonely prose-poetry of Pierre Reverdy has attracted many translators. Two of America's most extraordinary...
Varieties of Disturbance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Lydia Davis writes elegant prose pieces in which basic confusions are described with authority and clarity.
Everybody Loves Somebody (Back Bay Books)Joanna Scott claims her collection of stories is a history of love, from World War I to the present.
The Gravedigger’s Daughter (Ecco) Oates's most autobiographical novel and the culmination of her career-long themes and obsessions.
A Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer (Harcourt) Prose impressionist Christine Schutt describes the painstaking intensity that allows her to perfect her cadences and the...
Christine Falls (Holt) Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville has written the first in a series of thrillers, and he's even taken on an alias or, at...
A Worldly Country (Ecco) In this landmark conversation, John Ashbery talks about his fascination with nonsense and fantasy, beginning with Lewis Carroll's Alice books. Those...
The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic Press) The design and composition of this five hundred page picture book took Brian Selznick many years' work. Here,...
Devotion (Houghton Mifflin) Betrayal and forgiveness are subjects here. Howard Norman's signature melancholy pervades this exploration of romance, and he shows us how even people who...
Collected Poems (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)C.K. Williams' Collected Poems covers a lifetime's concern with ethics and personal morality. As his work proceeds, he develops a quality of...
Sacred Games (Harper Collins)Gangsters, detectives, Bollywood movie stars--Chandra mobilizes the machinery of a thriller in order to reveal Bombay at its most various. Fascinating...
The Castle in the Forest (Random House) In the second of this two-part conversation about the bureaucratic, dim-witted culture that characterized the German provinces of Hitler's...