Michael Schaub appears in the following:
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Kent Russell (brother of Swamplandia! author Karen) makes a striking debut with a collection of essays that double as memoir. Critic Michael Schaub calls the book tough, tender and deeply original.
Monday, March 02, 2015
Paul Beatty takes no prisoners in this tale of two men trying to save their dying town through provocative moves like reinstituting segregation. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a comic masterpiece.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Jonathan Lethem's darkly comic sensibilities are on full display in his slim new story collection, Lucky Alan. Reviewer Michael Schaub says it isn't Lethem's best — but it's still a solid read.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Mohsin Hamid's new collection plays on the title of Sigmund Freud's classic Civilization and Its Discontents, but critic Michael Schaub says these essays are both more personal and wider ranging.
Saturday, February 07, 2015
No, really, don't. Reviewer Michael Schaub says David Duchovny's new novel Holy Cow is a mess of corny humor and half-baked, phoned in plotting. Fans may want to believe — but they shouldn't.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Ander Monson's new essay collection is a thoughtful, original celebration of libraries; more than just buildings full of books, they're a living exchange of ideas and a way for people to connect.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Poet, novelist, memoirist and queer icon Michelle Tea makes a rare misstep in How To Grow Up, an essay collection that reviewer Michael Schaub calls "a well-intentioned, exasperating mess of a book."
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Scott Blackwood's new novel, based on a real murder case, follows a community rocked by the slaying of three teenaged girls. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it "brutal, necessary, and near perfect."
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Paula Hawkins' gripping new thriller begins with bitter, dissolute Rachel, who sees what she believes to be a perfect couple, every morning on the train to work — and then one day, the wife is gone.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Thomas Pierce's debut story collection, Hall of Small Mammals, focuses on finding the surreal within the mundane. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls Pierce "an endlessly incisive and engaging writer."
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Richard Ford's signature character returns in Let Me Be Frank With You; reviewer Michael Schaub praises Ford's writing, but says despite moments of beauty and insight, some of it feels phoned in.
Friday, October 24, 2014
The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Kim Zupan's debut novel is about the relationship between a deputy sheriff and a hardened killer. This book explores the line between good and evil in a manner that's as honest as it is unsettling.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
We're hard to shock these days, but reviewer Michael Schaub says Lauren Beukes' new novel, Broken Monsters, is flawlessly tense and scary in its tale of a terrible murder in Detroit.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, is a story of suffering centered on an ex-pirate and his daughter just after the American Revolution. It's flawed, but a worthwhile read.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
David Connerley Nahm's debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls "anti-nostalgia," the pain of intrusive memories that come when you're least prepared.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
News becomes history so quickly — and history is the source of endless disagreements. Rick Perlstein's new history of '70s politics is a skillful analysis of a complex, divisive era in America.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Director Champ Ensminger's lush video for "Pony Blues" takes the blues out of the Delta and into the jungles of Thailand for an unsettling ghost story.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
An outbreak of Ebola has hit Western Africa, killing hundreds. Writer Michael Schaub recommends The Plague by Albert Camus, a novel he hasn't been able to stop thinking about since the outbreak began.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking, uniquely American chronicle of a family of Soviet immigrants who have transplanted a bit of their home to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach.