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December 1, 2015 Zombie stories are everywhere, but David Towsey's new book takes an unexpected turn — to a gritty, far-future world with echoes of the American West, full of undead who still have hearts and souls.
November 29, 2015 Two academics from Germany, writing as Sara Moliner, have recreated a sepia-toned 1950s Barcelona in this new mystery novel. Critic Bethanne Patrick says City's strength is in its variety of women.
November 28, 2015 Box Office Poison artist Alex Robinson is back with a new group of likeable, everyday people, mulling over their desire (or lack thereof) for children and family in an episodic, free-floating comic.
November 26, 2015 Ursula Vernon (writing as T. Kingfisher) delivers a fleet, stripped-down fairy tale with echoes of Bluebeard and Peter Beagle. Critic Tasha Robinson praises Vernon's tough-minded, distinctive women
November 25, 2015 Illustrator Simon Stålenhag has put together a compilation of short stories to accompany his haunting, gorgeous paintings of an alternate Sweden full of aliens and strange technology. And dinosaurs.
November 24, 2015 Simon Critchley, a British philosopher, has penned an offbeat essay — or is it an autobiographical novel? A memoir thick with fictions? Whatever it is, Memory Theater makes for a delightful read.
November 23, 2015 Mary Gaitskill's new novel chronicles the complex relationship between a poor black girl from Brooklyn and her middle-aged white benefactors. Maureen Corrigan calls The Mare a "raw, beautiful story."
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November 22, 2015 Dominic Ziegler's thrillingly thorough geo-history follows the Amur River from its origin on the Mongolian steppes, along the Trans-Siberian Railway and through centuries of Eurasian history.
November 21, 2015 Javier Sierra's new The Master of the Prado follows a graduate student — also named Javier — who gets caught up in a web of arcane theories about the paintings in the famous Madrid museum.
Aziz Ansari in the Netflix series Master of None.
November 20, 2015 A newly minted National Book Award winner and a new Netflix series have us fully occupied this week, but we've also got plenty making us happy.
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November 19, 2015 Edward Carey wraps up his Iremonger trilogy with a bang, as the mysterious family of the title marches on its alternative version of London; it's that rare third book that sticks the landing.
November 19, 2015 Curtis White is no enemy of science, but his new book criticizes what he sees as today's overreliance on rigid thinking and social organization, and our unquestioning optimism about technology.
November 18, 2015 Kevin Barry's hallucinatory new novel imagines John Lennon in 1978, at his lowest, wandering around Ireland (with a very mysterious tour guide) in search of a private island he bought but can't find.
November 17, 2015 Tess Taylor reviews Ross Gay's collection, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.
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November 17, 2015 Ricardo Piglia's new novel is a brainy, postmodern, sometimes funny take on the classic detective novel. Critic Michael Schaub says it has echoes of DeLillo and Pynchon, but is wholly original.
November 16, 2015 The actor's new memoir is disguised as a collection of letters to the men in her life. Critic Jean Zimmerman praises Parker's willingness to show vulnerability and her excellent, stylish writing.
November 13, 2015 Tess Taylor reviews Nate Marshall's poetry collection, Wild Hundreds.
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November 12, 2015 At 95, New Yorker editor Roger Angell has written decades' worth of books and articles. Maureen Corrigan says it's a great pleasure to spend time in the company of his latest book, This Old Man.
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November 12, 2015 Veteran film critic David Thomson's new book will get you thinking about the magic of film — but his personal, meandering arguments are sometimes too personal and too disjointed to land solidly.
November 12, 2015 Rick Moody's new novel takes the form of online travel reviews written by the lonely but oddly eloquent Reginald Morse. Critic Jason Sheehan says it's Moody at his most inventive, playful and biting.
November 11, 2015 Ludmila Ulitskaya's new novel follows three childhood friends in the years after Stalin's death — and the dozens of characters their lives intersect with — in a masterpiece of detail and ambition.
November 11, 2015 Paul Meloy's debut novel fuses humor, horror and personal experience. It's the story of a 40-something psychiatric nurse who discovers he's a part of a cosmic battle against the forces of nightmare.
November 10, 2015 Artists Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá — themselves twins — have turned Brazilian author Milton Hatoum's family drama The Brothers into a deftly-shaded graphic novel, full of compelling imagery.
November 10, 2015 Eli Horowitz's surreal story, told via smartphone app and two separate book editions, follows a sad-sack circus performer who accidentally falls afoul of his oppressive dystopian government.
November 8, 2015 Deeanne Gist's Tiffany Girl blends a charming romance with an overlooked bit of history — the women recruited by Louis Comfort Tiffany to complete his stained glass chapel at the 1893 World's Fair.
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