Jan 26, 2015
This installment: a dissertation goes off the rails (f);  a brother’s accident takes him from alpha to omega (f); a plucky orphan’s story (f); a madcap crime spree in the Ozarks (f...
Philip K. Dick Award
Jan 8, 2015
Six titles have just been nominated for the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award.  The award is presented annually for distinguished science fiction published originally in paperback in the United States...
Jan 5, 2015
This installment: [note: f means fiction, n nonfiction]: George Saunders gives graduates refreshing advice (n);  the sequel to Gypsy Boy (he gets away but…) (n); short stories all over...
Dec 29, 2014
This installment: a creepy contemporary classic; short stories about screwed up folks; reportage in fictional form with Nigerian setting; grutty crime fiction from Scotland; a weird coming of age in...
Dec 22, 2014
This installment: ; stripped down despair worthy of Carver; the brutal world of ballet (fictional but…); a charming literary romance; WWII, atmospheric and dreamlike; smart silliness and...
Dec 15, 2014
This installment:  the newest Julia Glass; creepy, funny short stories; SF noir; a cozy romance featuring vintage clothing; and a New England epic on CD.   And the Dark Sacred Night...
Dec 8, 2014
This installment: marriage, murder and therapy-- a heady brew; a charming pointillistic novel; peering through windows of NYC high rises; a photo journal of new fatherhood; a rich Oklahoma family...
Dec 1, 2014
This installment:  a NYC literary memoir; a novel that reads like a memoir; Ukraine in the ‘80s—an older  popular mystery of special interest these days; LA standup comedy on...
Nov 24, 2014
This installment: a backwoods Greek tragedy; history meets magical realism via Alice Hoffman; a peculiarly charming Dutch novel about alcoholics; two popular DVDs; and faith in the streets, non-...
Nov 17, 2014
 This installment:   a medical/ethical novel; a messy, crazy road trip; heavy-duty subjects in a YA book; magic realism in tinseltown; and a cd version of a charming take on Greek...