Michael Schaub

Michael Schaub appears in the following:

A Blizzard, Meth And A Missing Mom Make 'Sweetgirl' A Harrowing Read

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A story about violence, drug addiction and family dysfunction could have been too bleak, but Travis Mulhauser's Sweetgirl is nuanced, with sympathetic characters and carefully built suspense.


Strange Lives Unfold In Dreamy, Atmospheric 'Sleep Garden'

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Jim Krusoe's new novel is hard to summarize. It's about the odd inhabitants of an odd, bunker-like apartment building — but also about life, death, and the importance of stories.


'Black Wings' Is A Devilish Trip Worth Taking

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Elliott Chaze's classic 1953 noir about an escaped prisoner, a secretive blonde and one last big heist has just been reissued. Critic Michael Schaub says Chaze's writing stands out from the pulp pack.


'Your Heart Is A Muscle' Is A Florid, Ambitious Tale Of Protest

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sunil Yapa's new novel follows a group of characters through the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Critic Michael Schaub praises Yapa's ambition, but says his execution is amateurish.


'Sailor And Fiddler' Is A Lovely Coda To A Literary Career

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Herman Wouk says his new memoir will be his last book — at 100, he says, he is at last free of a lifelong to-do list. Critic Michael Schaub says the book is surprisingly short, but packed with charm.


'Target In The Night' Scores A Solid Hit

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ricardo Piglia's new novel is a brainy, postmodern, sometimes funny take on the classic detective novel. Critic Michael Schaub says it has echoes of DeLillo and Pynchon, but is wholly original.


Music Destroys And Music Heals In 'Modern Girl'

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Riot grrrl legend Carrie Brownstein's excellent new memoir takes readers from her difficult childhood to the rise and fall (and rise again) of her band Sleater-Kinney, which she says saved her life.


Making Sense Of A Scandal-Fractured Family In 'Houses'

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Karen Olsson's novel follows a woman who returns home to care for her ailing father, but also in the hopes that she can get him to open up about how the Iran-Contra scandal ended his career.


Elvis Costello's 'Unfaithful Music' Is Defiantly Fun

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The musician's new autobiography doesn't follow the conventions of memoir — it jumps around in time from his childhood to his days in the pop-rock trenches, and it doesn't shy away from ugly moments.


Memories Of A Maybe Angel In 'Don't Suck, Don't Die'

Monday, September 28, 2015

Musicians Kristin Hersh and Vic Chesnutt were friends and tour buddies for years before his death from an overdose in 2009; Don't Suck is Hersh's haunting memoir of her lost friend and his pain.


In This Collection Of Animal Stories, The Only Winner Is The Parrot

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Each of the ten narrators in Ceridwen Dovey's new book is an animal affected by human warfare. Critic Michael Schaub says the book lacks the imagination it would need to pull off its high concept.


No Solace In 'Visiting Privilege,' But Plenty Of Truth

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

No one escapes unscathed in Joy Williams' brilliant, brutal new story collection. Critic Michael Schaub calls Williams our poet laureate of loss, whose work is full of hope and perverse joy.


Capturing An Unknowable Writer In 'Love Song'

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Author Tracy Daugherty's new biography of Joan Didion is an honest attempt to construct a coherent narrative about her — but critic Michael Schaub says it doesn't completely work.


'Fortune Smiles' Can Be Brilliant, But It's Never Easy

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Adam Johnson's new story collection spans the globe from former East Germany to post-Katrina Louisiana. Reviewer Michael Schaub says the book is uneven but enlightening, and brilliant at its best.


Kafka Would Love 'The Beautiful Bureaucrat'

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Helen Phillips' surreal, dark, funny new novel follows a young woman named Josephine, who gets a job at a mysterious agency. Critic Michael Schaub says the book works as both love story and thriller.


History Hijacks Life In 'All That Followed'

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Set in Spain's Basque Country, Gabriel Urza's new novel chronicles three lives in the aftermath of the 2004 Madrid train bombings. Critic Michael Schaub calls it "unsparing and beautiful."


Identity Is At The Heart Of Brash, Essential 'Mulattos'

Friday, August 07, 2015

Tom Williams' new collection digs into the experience of being multiracial, difficult to categorize in a society that likes to slap labels on people. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it vital and gutsy.


'Barbara' Is Imperfect, Defiant And Wonderfully Human

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The characters in Lauren Holmes' debut story collection are more than words on a page, says reviewer Michael Schaub. They're fully, exasperatingly real, portrayed with charm but without pretension.


'Speak' Asks Hard Questions About Communication And Technology

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Louisa Hall's novel fits several wildly disparate storylines — a young Puritan girl, a disgraced inventor, a computer programmer — into an unforgettable meditation on what it means to be human.


A Lyrical Coming Of Age Tale In 'Bird Hill'

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Naomi Jackson's first novel follows a pair of Brooklyn sisters sent to live in their mother's small Barbados hometown. Critic Michael Schaub says "it's not a perfect book, but it's a lovely one."