In our afternoon reading: revisiting novels by Charlotte Brontë and Jean Rhys, checking in with Lush, thoughts on Steve Toutonghi’s new novel, and more.
December is traditionally a slow month for new books, to be sure–but that doesn’t mean that it’s devoid of them entirely. In fact, some of the most singular works that have come onto our radar this year boast December release dates, from a politically charged memoir to tales of cosmic horror in the Eisenhower era to a trip through a surreal version of Russia. Read on for thoughts on some of the books we’re most excited about for this month.
Morning Bites: Vladimir Sorokin on Russia and Ukraine, Wendy C. Ortiz, Samantha Irby Interviewed, Revisiting “Paul’s Boutique,” and More
The history of Paul’s Boutique, Vladimir Sorokin on the current situation in Ukraine, a pair of interviews with Samantha Irby, Wendy C. Ortiz’s memoir, and more.
Posted by Jason Diamond I’ve written and read my share of year-end lists, and I’m at the point now where I’m not totally sure what sort of purpose they serve, but I continue to read and write them anyway. I’m not trying to sound jaded about peoples roundups of the year that was, in fact I rather like them and really enjoy doing my own. I guess my issue tends to be more of the way you’ve got to dig […]
Posted by Jason Diamond I was excited to read this before it arrived at my desk yesterday, but the cover art for Vladimir Sorokin’s Day of the Oprichnik (out March 22nd on Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is so incredibly sweet, that it seemed appropriate to give out the award this prematurely. Does this beat out the prior #1 best example of Russian book cover featuring a bear?