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Michael Schaub

Michael Schaub appears in the following:

'A Hundred Thousand Worlds' Might Be A Few Too Many

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bob Proehl's sprawling novel follows actor Valerie and her son Alex on an epic road trip, punctuated by stops at comic conventions. It's a charming but messy debut that crams in too many ideas.

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'Good As Gone' Doesn't Quite Get To Greatness

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Larry Watson sticks to what he knows and loves in his latest novel: The cinematic badlands of Montana, and a tough, taciturn Western hero. But none of his characters truly rise above ciphers.

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'Girls On Fire' Is Terrifying, Upsetting And Beautiful

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Young adult author Robin Wasserman's new novel is definitely just for grown-ups — it's a tangled, thrilling story of two friends gone very wrong; hard to put down, with a twist you won't see coming.

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'The Mirror Thief' Reflects Three Transfixing Tales

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Martin Seay's debut novel tells three separate but connected stories, all revolving around an alchemist in 16th-century Venice who conspires to smuggle two legendary mirror-makers out of the city.

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Grief Haunts 'Ghosts Of Bergen County'

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Dana Cann's novel is packed with ghosts, literal and figurative. It centers on a married couple grieving the loss of their infant daughter — and the way that grief can make strange things happen.

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'Knockout' Scores A Hit With Humanity And Dark Humor

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The characters who populate John Jodzio's new story collection are a long way from respectable — they're junkies, liars, and in one case, a tiger thief. But Jodzio treats them all with compassion.

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'What Is Not Yours' Is Flawless

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Most writers would give everything they own to have just one masterpiece to their name. British author Helen Oyeyemi is barely 31, and she already has at least three of them. That includes her last two novels, Mr. Fox and Boy, Snow, Bird, both of which received extensive critical acclaim ...

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An Audacious Transformation Bogs Down In 'Blackass'

Sunday, March 06, 2016

"Furo Wariboko awoke this morning to find that dreams can lose their way and turn up on the wrong side of sleep." That's the first sentence of Blackass, the debut novel from Nigerian author A. Igoni Barrett, and if it sounds familiar, there's a good reason for that. The book ...

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'We've Already Gone This Far' Counts The Cost Of War

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The total cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to approach $6 trillion, but it will be decades before we know what we've truly lost. We have a generation that's never really known peacetime, and thousands upon thousands of service members who have returned to the country ...

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What The Sitcoms Don't Tell You About New York City Friendships

Monday, February 15, 2016

There's no shortage of contemporary writing about New York. While that's not surprising — it's the largest city in the country, and has always had a special hold on the American imagination — it sometimes seems like it's hard to find new fiction not set in the five (but usually ...

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

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

It's the dead of winter in a small town in northern Michigan, and Carletta James is missing. Again. Her 16-year old daughter, Percy, isn't exactly surprised — it's not unusual for Carletta, a meth addict, to disappear for stretches of time, strung out and unconscious somewhere. But Percy's more worried ...

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Strange Lives Unfold In Dreamy, Atmospheric 'Sleep Garden'

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

On the edge of a town called St. Nils sits the Burrow. It's a low mound of earth, just like any other burrow, but with a front door and six windowless apartments inside. It's not clear when it was constructed; some speculate it was built as a secret bunker, others ...

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'Black Wings' Is A Devilish Trip Worth Taking

Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Twenty-seven may be too young to die," muses Tim Sunblade, the narrator of Elliott Chaze's Black Wings Has My Angel. "But it isn't too young to die like a man." Tim has death on his mind frequently — he's an escaped prisoner determined to do whatever it takes to stay ...

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

On Nov. 30, 1999, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Seattle to protest the World Trade Organization conference being held at the city's convention center. It didn't take long for the situation to deteriorate; after some protesters started smashing windows and occupying intersections, police officers began to use ...

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

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Herman Wouk's new memoir opens with two stanzas from "The Wreck of the Old 97," the famous ballad about a 1903 train crash in Virginia that killed 11 people. Initially, it seems an odd choice — while Wouk's most famous novels have dealt with tragedy, they've been mostly focused on ...

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'Target In The Night' Scores A Solid Hit

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The American writer Edgar Allan Poe might have invented detective fiction, but it's been a long time since the United States has had a monopoly on the genre. In the past few decades, Americans have fallen in love with mystery writers from as far away as Iceland and Japan.

It ...

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Music Destroys And Music Heals In 'Modern Girl'

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

"My whole life / Was like a picture of a sunny day," Carrie Brownstein sings in Sleater-Kinney's "Modern Girl." It's one of the band's happier-sounding songs, with a catchy, almost sweet melody belied by the deeply ironic, cutting lyrics. She follows up those lines with the ones that inspire the ...

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

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

For the subset of Generation X Americans too young to remember Watergate or Abscam, the Iran-Contra affair was the first major political scandal to come across their radar. There was a period of time in 1987 and 1988 when you couldn't turn on a television set or open a magazine ...

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Elvis Costello's 'Unfaithful Music' Is Defiantly Fun

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

David Lee Roth supposedly once said, "Music journalists like Elvis Costello because music journalists look like Elvis Costello." As a former music journalist and longtime fan of Costello's songs, I have to say this is unfair. Sure, I might have a pale complexion, receding hairline and black horn-rimmed glasses, but ...

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

Monday, September 28, 2015

"I bent over backwards to misbehave," Vic Chesnutt sang in 1993's "Dodge," "It's a holy wonder I just didn't flip on over into an early grave." Like many of Chesnutt's lyrics, it proved to be heartbreakingly prophetic. The indie singer-songwriter was wracked with depression and debt after a car accident ...

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