Michael Schaub

Michael Schaub appears in the following:

'Sophie Stark' Finds It Hard To Learn How To Be Human

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Anna North's new novel is narrated by friends and family after the death of troubled filmmaker Sophie. Critic Michael Schaub calls it "a bold and graceful novel, executed with incredible artistry."


'Zombie Wars' Documents An Apocalypse Of Bad Decisions

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Aleksandar Hemon's darkly hilarious new novel follows a sad-sack Chicago teacher whose screenwriting dreams lead to catastrophe. Critic Michael Schaub calls it "crazy in the best sense of the word."


The Artistry Fails In 'Trompe L'Oeil'

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Even talented artists have trouble creating the illusions known as "trompe l'oeil." Critic Michael Schaub says Nancy Reisman's tragic new novel of the same name never jumps into three dimensions.


'One Of Us' Is A Difficult, Unforgettable Look At Tragedy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Journalist Åsne Seierstad's new book retells the story of Norway's Anders Breivik, from his troubled, violent childhood to his 2011 killing spree. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a painful masterpiece.


'The Fishermen' Ventures Into Dark Waters

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chigozie Obioma's novel follows a group of young boys who disobey their elders to spend afternoons fishing on the banks of an unlucky river, and the terrible consequences that flow from that choice.


Autobiographical 'Indian' Probes A Painful Past

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Jón Gnarr, the punk rocker turned mayor of Rekjavík, paints a beautiful but disturbing portrait of a misfit childhood in his new novel. Critic Michael Schaub calls it hypnotic and heartbreaking.


Love, Violence And Lou Reed, On Display In 'The Water Museum'

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Things rarely end well for the people in Luis Alberto Urrea's new story collection, but there are flashes of humor. Critic Michael Schaub calls Urrea "a master storyteller with a rock 'n' roll heart."


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.