Michael Schaub

Michael Schaub appears in the following:

From The Gathering Of Juggalos To Farthest Australia In 'Timid Son'

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.


'The Sellout' Is A Scorchingly Funny Satire On 'Post-Racial' America

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.


'Lucky Alan' Thumbs Its Nose At Convention

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.


A Writer Expresses His 'Discontent' With Civilization

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.


Don't Have A 'Cow,' Man

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.


This 'Future Lover' Is A Library

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.


'How To Grow Up' Needs To Grow Up

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."


The Vastness Of Violent Loss In 'See How Small'

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."


'Girl On The Train' Pays Homage To Hitchcock

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.


Confident Tales Of 'Small Mammals,' Funny Videos And Childhood Ghosts

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."


Frankly, Bascombe's Return Has Some Problems

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.


For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

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.


In A Desolate Montana, 'The Ploughmen' Unearths Dark Truths

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.


'Broken Monsters' Hits Horror Out Of The Park

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.


'Land And Sea' Is An Unceasingly Bleak Story

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.


The Depths Of Memory And Pain In 'Ancient Oceans'

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.


The 'Bridge' From Watergate To Reagan, Masterfully Drawn

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.


Steve Gunn And Mike Cooper, 'Pony Blues'

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.


Albert Camus And The Search For Meaning In The Midst Of Ebola

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.


This 'Suitcase' Is Packed With Sharp, Funny, Tragic Tales

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.