Dark Humor

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“In Misconduct of the Heart, Cordelia Strube achieves a transcendence in the person of her protagonist that speaks to hope in the worst of times.”

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“Rob Doyle’s writing leaves us with—'the sense, euphoric and terrifying, that everything was possible again.’”

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In the final weeks of World War II, when Walter Kempowski was 15 years old, he watched tens of thousands of his fellow Germans scramble westward through his hometown from their once-conquered terri

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“This balance, between nihilism and delight, is the great power of Fly Already.

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Ma Jian’s China Dream is a dissident novel in all senses of the term. It’s a novel written by a dissident: “every novel [Ma has] written has been banned in the mainland.

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Goulash is a fun read, but to quote Gertrude Stein, out of context, ‘there’s no there there.’”

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“A story that is a sort of a Groundhog Day in the afterlife, Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return is a worthwhile, thoughtful—and hilarious—read.”

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“Tursten’s writing is witty and sharp, humorous and edgy. The stories read quickly and easily . . .”

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"Hallinan is easily one of the most entertaining crime writers in the business today."

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Cecil Younger works as a criminal defense investigator at the Public Defender Agency in Sitka, Alaska.

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“a disgusting, disturbing, magnificent book.”

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“a rambling, innovative, cerebral, and wildly entertaining ‘trippy’ journey that drives home essential questions while providing none of the answers . . .”

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For nine years Lucy has been working as a part-time librarian at a small Arizona university and struggling to complete a Ph.D. program in classic literature.

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"required reading for those who want sour along with the sweet of life."

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“a combination Philip Marlowe and Mike Hammer with a generous dash of Maxwell Smart.”

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“Vaseline Buddha is a brilliant example of contemporary South Korean literature.”

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Himself is a classic, feeding the reader through a multisensory smorgasbord of Irish euphemisms.   

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“Listen up, Netanya baby! We’re gonna throw down the mother of all shows tonight . . . Yeah, open up that hook, table ten, set ’em free . . . there you go!”

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A great story transports readers to a milieu with its concomitant sights, sounds, and interesting dialogue. Ideally the plot captures our attention until the final paragraph.

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“The Family Fang is the sort of perfectly idiosyncratic thing that comes along only ever so often. . . . This book should succeed spectacularly. . . .

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“As with all great literary agitators, Mr. Palahniuk tests how far he can take his humor—and then pushes further. . . .