Fidel Castro is brief, flows smoothly through six decades, and outlines the development of Castro’s political consciousness and official ideology, from Nationalism to Communism and back again.
I Don’t Know I Said tells the story of a young twenty-something couple traveling nomadically across America in search of finding what they can’t even manage to put into words. Something.
In 2013, it’s hard to read a book that focuses on an obscenely wealthy family without hearing echoes of “We are the 99 percent” and “People Over Profits.” At the start of Stuart Nadler’s novel Wise Men, the Wise family is on the way up. It’s 1947, and a passenger airplane has crashed into the Narragansett Bay, leaving no survivors.
George Bernard Shaw once said, “Democracy is a word all public men use and none understand.” If this is true, which it is, then there is one book that politicians should read, and that’s Arthur Robbins’ Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, which Ralph Nader has called “a fresh, torrential shower of revealing insights and vibrant lessons.”
Mason Currey has ingeniously collected anecdotes about the daily routines of our civilization’s greatest minds, revealing how they were able to create their masterpieces.
By Maria Anderson Autumn House Press, January 2013 The title of Steven Schwartz’s newest story collection may be Little Raw Souls, but these stories are anything but small. A Pennsylvania native who has lived in Colorado for the past thirty years, Steven Schwartz is unafraid to tackle entire worlds. In an interview with Fiction…
Married Love and Other Stories is made up of stories that taste too different for a reader to get comfortable. The collection displays an emotional progression: stories with older characters are calmer about love and infidelity, more complacent about career failures, than those pumping with young blood.
Meek’s previous novels The People’s Act of Love and We are Now Beginning Our Descent have earned him comparisons to John Irving, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. He’s been called “Britain’s answer to Don DeLillo,” but if comparisons are necessary, then Meek can be more accurately compared to Jonathan Franzen, with The Heart Broke In like a British version of Freedom.
Reviewed by Randy Rosenthal Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean and Rosalind Harvey New Directions, June 2012 As readers, we are on a perpetual search for great books, but also for great authors. As editors, critics, and publishers, this is also true. But it is for readers especially, because we are all readers. And…