Alan Cheuse

Alan Cheuse appears in the following:

American Jazzmen Swing Overseas In 'Shanghai'

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Nicole Mones' new Night in Shanghai follows an African-American pianist making his way in the city's nightclub scene on the eve of World War II. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the story really swings.


Review: 'E.E. Cummings: A Life'

Monday, March 10, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews E.E. Cummings: A Life, a new biography by Susan Cheever, and discusses the origins of his own fascination with the American poet.


Book Review: 'Night in Shanghai'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews Night in Shanghai, by Nicole Mones.


Lorrie Moore's New 'Bark' Is Half Of A Good Book

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lorrie Moore's new collection, Bark, contains eight stories — but our reviewer Alan Cheuse says only two of them really stand out. But, he adds, those two offer some "first-rate reading pleasure."


Book Review: 'Bark'

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews Lorrie Moore's new collection of stories, her first in 16 years.


Historical Trauma Makes For Thrilling Fiction In 'Officer And A Spy'

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Robert Harris' new An Officer and a Spy is a fictionalized account of the Dreyfus Affair — which, as critic Alan Cheuse notes, is tailor made for Harris' talents: there's an innocent victim at the center, a melodramatic villain, buffoonish military brass, crusading newspaper editors and a star turn from the novelist Emile Zola.


Doyle's New 'Guts' Has Plenty Of Soul

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Roddy Doyle's new The Guts revisits the Commitments three decades later, grown up and dealing with life's blows. Mastermind Jimmy Rabbitte is out of the hospital after cancer surgery, and he's living life one day at a time. Critic Alan Cheuse says the dialogue-heavy novel is both foulmouthed and bursting with joie de vivre.


All The Varieties Of Love And Madness, On Display In 'Carthage'

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Joyce Carol Oates' new Carthage explores the familiar but important territory of family anguish. Oates has written more than 40 novels — critic Alan Cheuse praises her prodigious imagination, and says her latest effort is a "roller coaster, demon-twister" of a ride.


Never Again: 'Trieste' Is A Harrowing Mix Of Memory And Memorial

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Croatian author Dasa Drndic's new novel Trieste is an experimental mix of historical record and personal quest. It's the story of an Italian woman trying to find the lost child she bore to a Nazi officer. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says it's an intensely moving book, but one that must be put down occasionally in order to recover.


'Long Day In November' Back Again After Long Time Gone

Monday, November 25, 2013

Alan Cheuse reviews A Long Day in November by Ernest Gaines. It's a children's book that was originally published in 1971 and has just been re-released.


'Red Sky In Morning' Mixes Forceful Language And Powerful Story

Monday, November 04, 2013

Alan Cheuse reviews Dublin journalist Paul Lynch's first novel, Red Sky in Morning, which is set in 19th century Ireland. The book tells the story and aftermath of a murder committed by a rage-filled farmer against the landlord who evicts him. Cheuse says Lynch's forceful language makes the story's violence palpable.


'Gate' Opens To Bloody And Raucous 17th Century England

Monday, October 28, 2013

Alan Cheuse reviews Jeanette Winterson's latest book, The Daylight Gate, set in 17th Century England. The novel is set seven years after the undoing of the infamous Gunpowder Plot, in which Catholic terrorists attempted to blow up the House of Parliament of the anti-Papist King James I.


Norman Mailer, Warts And All, In 'A Double Life'

Saturday, October 26, 2013

J. Michael Lennon's mammoth new Norman Mailer: A Double Life draws on 25 years of access to its subject. Reviewer Alan Cheuse — himself a Mailer fan — says the biography is a "satisfying experience" that reads almost as if it came directly from the writer himself.


A Dying Man's Memory-Laden Search For Revenge In 'The Return'

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Michael Gruber's new novel, The Return, is a tale of memory and revenge: hero Rick Marder, a New York literary type with a medical death sentence, heads south to settle old scores with the narcotraficantes who killed his in-laws. Reviewer Alan Cheuse calls Gruber a "master of the genre."


Book Review: 'Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman'

Friday, August 30, 2013

Critic Alan Cheuse reviews Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman by Minka Pradelski. He says it's a delightful novel that's a fascinating mix of comedy and pathos.


'Shaman' Takes Readers Back To The Dawn Of Humankind

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kim Stanley Robinson's latest novel, Shaman, paints a vivid portrait of life in 30,000 B.C. It's the story of young Loon, who's destined to become the new shaman of his tribe. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the world of Shaman is so authentic, he dreamed he was living in it.


Book Review: 'Archangel'

Monday, August 26, 2013

National Book Award winner Andrea Barrett's new book is a collection of short stories called Archangel.


Stripe-Torn Tigers, Fake Nazis And Magic Cake In 'The Color Master'

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Aimee Bender's new story collection, The Color Master, is full of fractured fairy tales that flavor everyday lives and neuroses with a liberal dash of magic. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says Bender's work is "akin to the best of Italo Calvino in its matter-of-fact treatment of the fantastic."


Book Review: 'Return To Oakpine'

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Alan Cheuse recommends a new novel by Ron Carlson. Return to Oakpine is about a man trying to go home again — to a town in Wyoming — in middle age.


Book Review: 'The Darwin Elevator'

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Alan Cheuse could not put down a new sci-fi thriller by former gamer Jason Hough. Cheuse reviews the book, The Darwin Elevator.