BY BLOOD WE LIVE: A Smart & Satisfying Culmination

By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan Reviewed by Steve(n) In his celebrated werewolf trilogy, Glen Duncan has inventively scrutinized the human experience from perspectives abstracted just enough to blur the lines between objective observation and subjective participation. Whereas The Last Werewolf was an existential examination of absolute power, moral compromise, and social isolation, and Talulla … Continue reading BY BLOOD WE LIVE: A Smart & Satisfying Culmination

Gary Shteyngart: King of the Book Trailer (& Our Hearts)

Gary Shteyngart: bestselling author, master of the book blurb, king of the book trailer. Just when you think he can't possibly top a trailer featuring Paul Giamatti and a dachshund, Shteyngart pulls out the big guns: Johnny Franzen, James Franco & Sloane Crosley. For the record, we love Gary Shteyngart even more than James Franco … Continue reading Gary Shteyngart: King of the Book Trailer (& Our Hearts)

Winter Catalog Feature: “Reel Cool” Raul & NIGHT FILM

  "Reel Cool" RAUL - First Floor Inventory Manager Book: Night Film by Marisha Pessl "If I had to use one word to summarize the new novel by Marisha Pessl (author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics), it would have to be "creepy". When the daughter of a cult film director is found dead in an abandoned … Continue reading Winter Catalog Feature: “Reel Cool” Raul & NIGHT FILM

Top Shelf in September: NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl

Top Shelf in September: Night Film by Marisha Pessl Reviewed by Raul, First Floor Inventory Manager: "If I had to use one word to summarize the new novel by Marisha Pessl (author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics), it would have to be “creepy.”  The book is not necessarily “horror” nor “mystery,” but fluctuates between the two … Continue reading Top Shelf in September: NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl

Painful, Funny, Beautiful, Unexpected: & SONS

& Sons by David Gilbert Reviewed by Consuelo In David Gilbert’s & Sons, he creates a spectacular puzzle of characters. The story revolves around A.N. Dyer, an aging, reclusive New York author who’s major novel Ampersand is a coming-of-age classic, a la Catcher in the Rye. Gilbert gives his tale a surprising first person narrator … Continue reading Painful, Funny, Beautiful, Unexpected: & SONS