Michael Schaub

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David McCullough's Collected Speeches Will Give Your 'American Spirit' A Boost

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Speeches in book form are a reliable cash cow for publishers, and tend to fall into the "last minute gift idea" category. But David McCullough's new The American Spirit is a happy exception.


'My Cat Yugoslavia' Needs A Good Brushing

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pajtim Statovci's debut novel follows a Kosovar immigrant to Finland who meets a singularly unpleasant anthropomorphic cat in a Finnish gay bar. But while the story is imaginative, it lacks polish.


'What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky' Is Defiantly, Electrically Original

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Lesley Nneka Arimah's remarkable debut collection is both cohesive and varied at the same time. Grounded both in the U.S. and Nigeria, it's full of sly humor, genuine emotion and occasional horror.


'Lucky You' Is A Perfect Balance Of Humor And Tragedy

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Erika Carter's intelligent, unpretentious debut follows an aimless group of friends in their 20s, whose lives spin out of control during a supposedly detoxifying trip to a remote house in the country.


'The Vine That Ate The South' Blends Folk Tales With Southern History

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rockabilly singer J.D. Wilkes hints at supernatural happenings in his novel about an unbelievable adventure through a kudzu-infested forest in western Kentucky.


In 'White Tears' Appropriation Has Horrifying Consequences

Friday, March 10, 2017

Suspense is the driving force in Hari Kunzru's thriller about two young white men who invent a fictional blues singer.


Escaping A World On Fire In 'Exit West'

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Mohsin Hamid's new novel imagines a country, never specified, swollen with refugees from an ongoing conflict — and a series of mysterious doors that appear, offering escape, but also displacement.


'A Horse Walks Into A Bar,' And A Bad Comedy Set Proves Revelatory

Thursday, February 23, 2017

David Grossman's unsettling new novel takes place over the course of a two-hour comedy set, as what seems like just a bad performance evolves into something truly strange, painful and urgent.


Funny, Profane 'Dark Flood' Doesn't Go Gently

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Margaret Drabble's new novel follows a 70-something woman as she travels around England for her job — working with old age homes — and grumbling about how sad, funny and genuinely absurd aging is.


Memory And Loss Haunt The Stories In 'The Refugees'

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Viet Thanh Nguyen's new collection looks at how it feels and what it means to be a refugee. It's a wonderful group of stories that prove fiction can do more than tell stories, it can bear witness.


4 Lives In Parallel Run Through Ambitious '4 3 2 1'

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Paul Auster's new novel is a departure for the author — 880 pages of flowing prose about four versions of one character, living four mostly-parallel lives. It's sometimes confusing, but never boring.


Lost In Whimsy, 'Perfect Little World' Spins Off Course

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Kevin Wilson's new novel follows a pregnant teen who joins an experimental commune — but the characters in Perfect Little World never come alive, and the book suffers from an overdose of whimsy.


In 'Homesick,' Ottessa Moshfegh Makes The Unlikable Understandable

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The characters in Ottessa Moshfegh's new collection are cold, unfiltered, frequently pathetic — all suffering from unease and nameless longing, made understandable by each perfectly-built story.


'I Was Trying' Is Sneaky, Enigmatic, Obscure — And That's A Good Thing

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Noy Holland's new collection brings together several decades worth of difficult-to-describe stories — some only a few paragraphs long, and all of them hallucinatory and maddening in the best way.


Beautiful, Icy 'History Of Wolves' Transcends Genre

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Emily Fridlund's electrifying debut novel History of Wolves is a contemporary coming-of-age story about a young woman — but it avoids the familiar story arc so common to other novels in that genre.


Beautiful, Horrifying 'Blood Of The Dawn' Gives Voice To Peru's Victims Of Violence

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Claudia Salazar Jiménez's new novel is short and brutally effective. It's the story of three women from different walks of life, all caught up in the violence that convulsed Peru in the 1980s.


'Angel Of History' Is A Heartfelt Cry

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Rabih Alameddine's new novel begins with Satan and Death arguing, in the mind of a poet on the verge of a breakdown. Satan wants him to remember those lost to AIDS; Death preaches forgetfulness.


Moving, Memorable 'Today Will Be Different' Balances Humor And Tragedy

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Maria Semple's new novel centers on erratic, overworked mother Eleanor, who makes a promise before the book begins: Today will be different. And it is, but not the way she expected or hoped for.


'The Wonder' Is A Hard-To-Believe Tale Of Belief

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Emma Donoghue's latest follows a nurse in 19th century Ireland who agrees to monitor a famed fasting girl. But both the unsympathetic nurse and the credulous villagers are hard to like or understand.


'The Fortunes' Is A Resonant Account Of The Chinese Immigrant Experience

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Peter Ho Davies' new novel tells four separate stories, from a 19th-century tycoon and his Chinese valet to the murder of a Chinese American man in 1982. It's a revelatory, deftly structured read.