September 29, 2011 Susan Orlean chronicles the life of the beloved four-legged movie star and the owner who adored him. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend is Orlean's magnum opus, exploring unlikely survival, Hollywood friendship and the tribulations of American life in the early 20th century.
June 7, 2011 From religion to pornography and die-hard optimists to remorseless sociopaths, reading about neuroscience can be a lot more fun than dodging volleyballs on a beach. Here are five brainy picks that are sure to make for some sizzling summer reads.
January 8, 2011 Barry Hannah was a lit firecracker in a whiskey bottle, and no one who's ever experienced his work can forget it. Michael Schaub discusses why his retrospective story collection is a must-read.
August 20, 2010 In Rosecrans Baldwin's wise debut novel, a young widower comes to terms with the sudden death of his wife. Critic Michael Schaub says this moving meditation on the way grief distorts memories is affecting, profound and true.
July 26, 2010 Stories about sober, upstanding Dutch trading clerks on assignment in Tokugawa-era Japan aren't exactly trendy in the publishing industry ... but that didn't stop David Mitchell. Critic Michael Schaub finds Mitchell's latest novel so inventive and complex that he expects it to easily qualify as one of the best books of 2010.
May 4, 2010 Julie Orringer's The Invisible Bridge follows a Hungarian couple enjoying a Parisian romance when the Nazi rise to power forces them back to their homeland. Reviewer Michael Schaub says that Orringer, who wrote the short story collection How to Breathe Underwater, has written a first novel that is unexpected but breathtaking.
April 22, 2010 Karl Marlantes' debut novel, 30 years in the making, follows Waino Mellas, a young Ivy League student sent to Vietnam to lead a platoon. Reviewer Michael Schaub says that Marlantes comes closer than anyone before to capturing the "unrelenting terror and enormity" of the Vietnam War.
March 31, 2010 Jeff Shesol's Supreme Power is the story of President Franklin Roosevelt, his struggle to institute the New Deal, and the Supreme Court's subsequent backlash. Critic Michael Schaub says the book breathes new life into a historic conflict.
February 18, 2010 Don DeLillo's new novel is a dark, unsparing look at the justification of war. Reviewer Michael Schaub says Point Omega is among the best books of DeLillo's celebrated career.
January 25, 2010 Before either of them were famous, Patti Smith shared a romance and a deep friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Critic Michael Schaub says her new memoir, Just Kids, is a gift to anyone who has ever been touched by their art.