Just from the title of this latest little work by Alexander McCall Smith, you know it is going to be a light-hearted tale about Italy . . . and a bulldozer.
Himself is a classic, feeding the reader through a multisensory smorgasbord of Irish euphemisms.
“I don’t need to jump off cliffs into oceans to die, because every day there is a little death waiting for me. All I have to do is wake up and walk out the front door.”
“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!”
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.
If all of Garrison Keillor’s reports from Lake Wobegon were strung end to end, the result would be something remarkably similar to The Whole Town’s Talking, Fannie Flagg’s latest novel.
Back in March 2010, when Teddy Wayne took the podium at McNally Jackson bookstore to read from his debut novel Kapitoil, someone in the crowd leaned over and whispered, “He’s so smart—he w
Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast about life in a strange little desert town where every weird thing is normal and basically unquestioned. Now it's also a book.
Volume 2 of the Night Vale Episodes collection comes out at the same time as Volume 1.
“The Nix is an engrossing and impressively researched novel. . . . laudable . . .”
Yuge!, Garry Trudeau’s new compilation of strips from the juggernaut that is Doonesbury, is ideal for those who feel that they have not, over the past few months, gotten their fil
Were you planning to place a loved one in a retirement home sometime soon?
Don’t do it. Send them to prison instead!
Growing up is hard, but Jonathan Trefoil is doing his best. Recently out of college, he’s lucked into a well-paying, if dead boring job writing ad copy.
Sarah Hurlihy and boyfriend John Anderson purchase Sarah's childhood home with a massive renovation in store. Billy, Sarah's dad, will get his personal space, which he calls his man cavern.
“DeLillo’s genius, brilliance, and madness is nothing short of amazing . . .”
Zero K is one of those books you finish, pause, and think, “Wow!”
“Rebecca Schiff’s prose is by turns poignant and wickedly pointed, and terribly funny.”
“For fans and readers of magical urban fantasy, this novella is perfect.”
If readers ever wished Mike Rowe would create a comic out of Dirty Jobs then this is the book for them. In fact, the cover character of JB rather looks like Mike Rowe.
“a warm and slyly funny look at small towns and romance . . .”
“reminds audiences of the human costs beneath the rise to fortune of a few manipulators of our money.”
Tricky Twenty-Two is the most recent in the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich. Her heroine, Stephanie Plum, is a bounty hunter who works for her cousin Vinnie, a bail bondsman.
The Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset by Caitlan Kuhwald is an absolutely fantastic book for adults and children alike.
William Gass is known and admired as a writer’s writer for his handsome, challenging, and experimental prose and as a misanthrope for his tendency to focus on his characters’ moral shortcomings.
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits is not for everyone.
The following words constitute a review of the new novel Welcome to Night Vale. The review is not about Welcome to Night Vale. It is totally about it and is for your enjoyment.