Alan Cheuse

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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.


Reviews: 'The Color Master,' 'Byzantium' And 'This Is Paradise'

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Reviewer Alan Cheuse brings us three short story collections to consider — The Color Master by Aimee Bender, Byzantium by Ben Stroud and This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila.


Book Review: 'The Panopticon'

Friday, July 19, 2013

Alan Cheuse reviews Scottish novelist Jenni Fagan's new book, The Panopticon.


Book Review: 'Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish'

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Alan Cheuse reviews the last book written by David Rakoff, who died last year. The novel Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish is written in verse.


Rhetoric Drowns Out The Thrills In Huston's 'Skinner'

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Charlie Huston's new thriller is a fast-paced and action-packed tale of a retired assassin who rejoins the game to protect a roboticist as she tracks a computer virus. But reviewer Alan Cheuse says "the action comes bracketed with a load of rhetoric," which ultimately put him to sleep.


Book Review: 'The Mehlis Report'

Monday, July 01, 2013

Alan Cheuse reviews a thriller The Mehlis Report a novel by Rabee Jaber that was recently translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid.


Summer Adventure: 5 Thrilling, Chilling, Far-Ranging Reads

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Book reviewer Alan Cheuse picks five exciting summer reads, ranging from short stories of grim Irish mayhem to a North Carolina lynching and a corpse in an iceberg, to Southern California cocaine capers and a pure-trash adventure starring U.S. special forces and a world-threatening comet.


Reader Advisory: 'Shining Girls' Is Gruesome But Gripping

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lauren Beukes' new thriller The Shining Girls traces a time-traveling serial killer as he jumps through the decades, pursued by the only one of his victims to survive. Critic Alan Cheuse calls the book "a frightening journey in time and punishment."


Aristotle's Daughter Comes Of Age In 'The Sweet Girl'

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Canadian writer Annabel Lyon has a special gift when it comes to time travel. Her new novel The Sweet Girl carries us back to ancient Greece, where a teenage girl learns from her philosopher father and fights for her safety in a dangerous world. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the novel is a triumph.


5 Books Of Poetry To Get You Through The Summer

Friday, June 07, 2013

Critic Alan Cheuse believes that summer — with its long, hot, drowsy days — may be the best season for reading poetry. His recommendations include works by Poets Laureate Robert Pinsky and W.S. Merwin, and a novel in verse by the late essayist David Rakoff.


Coming Of Age Story Reminds Us Of Being 'Beside Ourselves'

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Karen Joy Fowler's new novel is a memorable coming of age story for our time; a delightful and instructive book about childhood and child rearing, siblings, and family life, told from the distance that adulthood often brings. Alan Cheuse reviews We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.


Book Review: 'The Shanghai Factor'

Monday, May 27, 2013

Alan Cheuse reviews The Shanghai Factor by Charles McCarry.


Book Review: 'Love Is Power, Or Something Like That'

Friday, May 24, 2013

Alan Cheuse reviews a collection of short stories called Love is Power, Or Something Like That by A. Igoni Barrett


Book Review: 'King Of Cuba'

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Alan Cheuse reviews the novel King of Cuba by Cristina Garcia.


How To Put This 'Delicate'-ly ... Not Le Carre's Best Work

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A dirty deed and official cover-up drive the plot in John le Carre's A Delicate Truth. The novel sets its sights on old-boy corruption and corporate criminality at the heart of the "Deep State," but critic Alan Cheuse finds this latest effort lacks the tension of le Carre's Cold War novels.