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Book Review: Generosity by Richard Powers

Richard Powers shows that DNA and fiction can mix in this story of woman who is hard-wired to be happy. Read More »

Book Review: The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry

This strange detective story can't decide whether it wants to solve a mystery or just be a mystery Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott

Edwin Abbott's strange cult novel from 1884 is set in two dimensional space populated by squares, circles, triangles and lines. Read More »

The New Canon: The Known World by Edward P. Jones

There are deep moral lessons in this brilliant novel by Edward Jones, but they aren’t pre-digested for the reader Read More »

The New Canon: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

An autistic youngster decides to solve a crime and ends up learning that the real mystery starts at home. Read More »

Conceptual Fiction: More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon

Are the main characters in Theodore Sturgeon's More Than Human just social outcasts or the next stage in human evolution? Read More »

Book Review: That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

Is Richard Russo a misogynist, or it really just Mom that has him riled? Read More »

Book Review: Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

I must have run into this Pynchon fellow down at the beach. His latest novel makes that perfectly clear. Read More »

The New Canon: Empire Falls by Richard Russo

There are no secrets in small towns... except in Empire Falls, Maine, where almost everything important is hidden from view. Read More »

The New Canon: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Welcome to the world of Haruki Murakami, where urban realism and the fantastic are mixed in almost equal doses Read More »