July 19, 2010 Former foreign correspondent Dan Fesperman returns with his latest exotic thriller, this time set among the indoor ski slopes and desert strip malls of Dubai. Critic Oscar Villalon says the novel is terrific entertainment, but the book really shines in its dissection of the strange conflicts and contradictions of Dubai's culture.
July 13, 2010 Suzanne Rivecca's seven short stories feature angrily confused, acerbically witty and romantically incompetent female protagonists. In her first work of fiction, Rivecca brilliantly expresses the pain and the humor of becoming a woman.
June 23, 2010 Nicholas Carr asks us to look up from our laptops long enough to appreciate the way multitasking and technology are changing the way we think. In his book The Shallows, he laments all that we are losing in exchange for our dynamic, interconnected, Internet-fueled world.
June 21, 2010 Author and video game aficionado Tom Bissell is just one of millions of kids who grew up with console games and never abandoned the hobby. In his new book, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, he describes the creative choices that go into creating the virtual worlds of mayhem and fantasy.
May 7, 2010 In his poetic noir novel, Martin Solares uses the sinister connection between the murder of a journalist and the serial slayings of young girls to explore the grim side of Mexican politics, history and human nature.
April 14, 2010 Finnish-Estonian novelist Sofi Oksanen uses a newly formed bond between an escaped Russian sex slave and a solitary Estonian woman to explore the ways decades of Soviet rule ravaged life in the former USSR.
June 26, 2009 A delicious comedy of miscommunication, Percival Everett's I Am Not Sidney Poitier takes on racism and its absurdities. It's a freewheeling coming-of-age, and one of the funniest, most original stories to be published in years.
May 20, 2009 Part Russian mafia thriller, part postmodern reflecting pool of sentence fragments and literary allusions, Jose Manuel Prieto's confounding, glimmering Rex celebrates the aesthetic and spiritual power of writing.
April 1, 2009 A scientist and adventurer of legendary endurance, will and bravery, Percy Fawcett set out in 1925 to find the Amazonian city of El Dorado. The Lost City of Z, David Grann's novel-like reconstruction of Percy's quest, thrills both the heart and mind.
March 19, 2009 In his slyly comic Sum: Forty Tales From the Afterlives, David Eagleman speculates about the great beyond. His whimsical thought experiments set in the hereafter expose truths of the here and now.
January 29, 2009 Interviews from the influential journal tease out the triumphs and struggles of literary giants, including Norman Mailer, Ralph Ellison and Joyce Carol Oates.
September 15, 2008 The late-period novels of Philip Roth — arguably, America's greatest living writer — have unflinchingly chronicled the perils of old age. But vibrant youth is at the center of Roth's newest work, making its hard truths all the more resonant — and crushing.
August 4, 2008 In oral histories, undocumented immigrants tell their stories of anxiety, alienation and loneliness.
July 25, 2008 In Horacio Castellanos Moya's dazzling novel, a boozing hack writer chronicling the stories of Central American natives finds both poetry and paranoia.
July 25, 2006 Book critic Oscar Villalon offers his appreciation of Bill Buford's new memoir Heat. Inspired by Italian star chef Mario Batali, Buford experiences a trial by fire in the kitchen of one of New York's top restaurants.
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