Michael Schaub

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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.


A Dentist Confronts The Gaping Maw Of Life In 'To Rise Again'

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Joshua Ferris' darkly comic new novel centers on a faith-doubting dentist who finds his identity's been stolen by a strange religious group. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it stirring and deeply felt.


A Thousand Stories, Brilliantly Collapsed In 'Bulletproof Vest'

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Maria Venegas' emotionally raw, technically complex new memoir chronicles her troubled relationship with her father, a man whose life was dominated — and eventually ended — by violence.


'Gottland': A Short Book About Stalin's Long Shadow

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Polish journalist Mariusz Szczygieł's compilation of short vignettes about Czechoslovakia centers on Prague's infamous Stalin monument, a giant edifice that lingers despite its destruction in 1962.


The 'Wayward And Defiant' Life Of Journalist Rebecca West

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A new biography by Lorna Gibb glosses over West's writing to focus on her remarkable, tumultuous 20th-century life. Reviewer Michael Schaub says the book is well-researched, yet reads like a novel.


Tech Week: The Right To Be Forgotten And The Open Internet

Saturday, May 17, 2014

In this week's roundup, a European court says private citizens will be able to get Google to remove certain search results. And, a look at what's next for the FCC's Internet regulations.


Mitterrand's Taste For 'Intrigue' And Contradiction

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Philip Short's new biography of French president Francois Mitterrand, A Taste for Intrigue, is a compelling, polished portrait of a slippery, contradictory figure who relished reinventing himself.


When Love Is 'In The House'

Thursday, June 20, 2013

More adult fairy tale than conventional novel, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods follows an unnamed husband and wife who leave their home to start a new life in the wilderness. Reviewer Michael Schaub says this debut from author Matt Bell is a joy to read.


Sons, Guns And The Sins Of The Father In Meyer's Texas Epic

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Philipp Meyer (American Rust) has crafted a multigenerational epic that captures the Lone Star State's contradictions and vast sweep. Critic Michael Schaub calls The Son "one of the most solid, unsparing pieces of American historical fiction to come out this century."


'Holiday': The Godfather Of Hip-Hop's Last Gift

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gil Scott-Heron's posthumously published memoir, The Last Holiday, is a triumphant and moving account of a life dedicated to art and activism.


Essential Rock Fiction

Thursday, October 14, 2010

This week, Soundcheck has hosted some great writers of rock fiction. This made us wonder - what makes a great rock novel? How to convincingly portray characters who are, in many cases, stranger than fiction? Michael Schaub, managing editor of Bookslut and book critic for NPR, joins us to break down the genre. He also shares his Top 5 rock fiction reads.

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