An eclectic round-up of the favorite books of the year from our critics, including some disappointments.
For all the sensual lushness of Melissa Broder’s writing, that hard center remains, one where appetite invites awareness, bringing with it pain as well as satiety.
On many levels, Hold Me Down is terrific. Its power lies in the vitality of Clea Simon’s prose and her insider savvy.
Arts Fuse writers continue their countdown of great music celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and this month’s list includes Leonard Bernstein, Leon Russell, The Faces, Carla Bley, and Rod Stewart.
Arts Fuse writers continue their countdown of great music celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and this month’s list includes The Temptations, Janis Joplln, John Hartford, Carole King, and The Carpenters.
This is history from a distance. Harris’s characters feel more real when they’re working out the equations that will make a missile fly or fall than when they’re fleeing a double agent or a misfiring rocket.
These days, I worry that David Mitchell is losing touch with reality.
This is a beautifully produced book, replete with illustrations. Full-page photos of evocative landscapes are supplemented by both maps and smaller shots detailing architectural features.
Up From the Streets is no New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival — but it tries.
At 70, Marcia Ball is a non-stop pro, particularly at pacing. Early barn burners gave way to the slow blues of “Just Kiss Me.”