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LaserWriter II by Tamara Shopsin (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). A very smart and funny and (what’s somewhat surprising) endearing first novel by a previously well published nonfiction writer, … more
Christmas gifts, column 2:Creation: Art Since the Beginning by John Paul Stonard (Bloomsbury). A nervy title, and in fact a brave undertaking; others will be needed to attest to how perfectly judged … more
It shouldn’t have surprised me that book distribution is something like crippled this year. Publishing is still mostly in New York, but printing and manufacturing is elsewhere, more than a … more
Still Life by Sarah Winman (Putnam). Big, rich literary novel. A carefully controlled but free-flowing, almost musical style; episodic in structure, but with an entirely coherent theme that’s … more
The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak (Bloomsbury). And another world-famous author the column never heard of (she’s more famous in England than here, I believe, a runner-up for the Brit … more
Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart (Random House). Brilliant writer, neglected here for—well, to be fair, rather than kind, to myself—for only inane reasons. The column did cover his … more
Where They Wait by Scott Carson (Emily Bestler/Atria). Must be the season: here’s another distinctly original horror novel, the second by the multi-award-winning crime novelist Michael Koryta, … more
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout (Random House). Her third Lucy Barton novel (depending on how you count; she’s central, again, in this one, and narration is first-person again). An early … more
The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Simon and Schuster). A lovely novel, intricately worked out and carefully cast, about, yes, people who can make magic; so a fantasy (of sorts—it certainly … more
Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). For all his (only occasional) crabbiness, and his apparent sense of himself as A Great Writer, there’s just no arguing with the … more
The Speckled Beauty by Rick Bragg (Knopf). Bragg, a memoirist/essayist of wit and grace, has been publishing books like this, not exactly philosophical but not exactly not, for a few decades, now. … more
First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11 by Toby Harnden (Little, Brown). “In war, the first casualty is the plan,” sounds like an expression of hopelessness; … more
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