July 20, 2013 Movie star Ava Gardner agreed to write her memoirs with British journalist Peter Evans in 1988. Now, after the deaths of both Gardner and Evans, the results of their abortive collaboration are being published. Reviewer Bob Mondello says the book is dead on arrival.
July 18, 2013 Adelle Waldman's debut novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., recounts a relationship's demise from the perspective of Nate, a young writer-type. Reviewer Lidia Jean Kott says Waldman is most incisive, however, when she gets out of Nate's head and comments about life in New York and class privilege.
July 17, 2013 Steven T. Seagle's new graphic novel, Genius, follows once-golden physicist Ted as he grapples with family troubles and malaise at work. Reviewer Glen Weldon says Genius is an "achingly felt portrait of man coming to terms with the role chance plays in human lives."
July 11, 2013 An autobiographical exploration of fatherhood and faith, Jeffrey Brown's A Matter of Life is his most personal work to date — which says a lot, given the confessional cartoonist's revealing past works. Reviewer Jody Arlington finds this new book both wise and hilarious.
July 10, 2013 Charlie Huston's new thriller is a fast-paced and action-packed tale of a retired assassin who rejoins the game to protect a roboticist as she tracks a computer virus. But reviewer Alan Cheuse says "the action comes bracketed with a load of rhetoric," which ultimately put him to sleep.
July 9, 2013 Novelist Kate Christensen has written a food memoir like no other. Although the author's food writing is enchanting, says reviewer Maria Russo, the sloppy, thrilling, innovative Blue Plate Special isn't really about food. It's more concerned with the heartbreak that shapes a creative life.
July 5, 2013 Tash Aw's Five Star Billionaire, set in Shanghai, explores the dynamic tumult of that city. Reviewer Ellah Allfrey says that Aw, with gentle compassion and keen understanding, shows his characters succumb to the lure of a city where everything seems possible.
July 4, 2013 Graphic novelist Dash Shaw's latest, New School, is an enigmatic tale of brotherly disconnect, set in a strange time-themed amusement park called Clockworld. Reviewer Glen Weldon says New School is a "defiantly odd, quietly gorgeous, utterly singular book."
July 4, 2013 Cathleen Schine's new novel follows a young boy and his older half-sister, making a life for themselves in Greenwich Village. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Fin & Lady is entertaining and moving.
June 27, 2013 Cartoonist Guy Delisle turns his attention from places like Myanmar and North Korea to the more domestic struggle of child rearing in his wry new book, A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting. Reviewer Glen Weldon says it's slighter than Delisle's travel books, but "brighter and funnier as well."