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Michael Schaub

Michael Schaub appears in the following:

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.

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'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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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'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.

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'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.

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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."

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We're All Looking For A Home 'In The Country'

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Many of the characters in Mia Alvar's debut story collection are outcasts looking for love and a home — but critic Michael Schaub says it's hard to condense this impressive book into just one theme.

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'Louisa Meets Bear' Is More Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Lisa Gornick's new novel-slash-story-collection turns around the long and stormy relationship between the title characters. Critic Michael Schaub says the book "may not be comforting, but it's true."

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Vincent Bugliosi, Manson Prosecutor And 'Helter Skelter' Author, Dies

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

After the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others thrust Bugliosi into the spotlight, he won convictions against Charles Manson and his followers.

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Learning To Love, And Forgive, In Brilliant 'Day'

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mat Johnson's funny, humane new novel follows a biracial man coming to terms with his identity — and the daughter he never knew about. Michael Schaub calls it a "beautiful, triumphant miracle."

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'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."

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'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."

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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.

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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