Friday December 6, 2013
Jonathan Franzen's The Kraus Project is an inspiring introduction to the Austrian satirist Karl Kraus. Translated and annotated by Franzen, The Kraus Project effectively confirms that Kraus's ideas maintain a contemporary relevance over 100 years after his incendiary essays were first published.
Review of The Kraus Project by Jonathan Franzen
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Tuesday December 3, 2013
Like something from the mind of Salvador Dali or M.C. Escher, the images contained within the Codex Seraphinianus challenge readers' notions of what is real and what is possible. The book is inhabited by all manner of bizarre creatures - human legs out of which grow birds nests, umbrellas, flora and fauna dreamed up over the course of years, all sprung from the alien landscape of Italian architect and artist Luigi Serafini's fertile mind.
This latest incarnation of the Codex from Rizzoli contains two completely new chapters as well as a small "Decodex" pamphlet.
Friday November 29, 2013
Lee Smith's Guests on Earth revisits the infamous 1948 fire at Asheville's Highland Hospital which took the lives of seven female patients, including Zelda Fitzgerald. Guests on Earth is a rich, vibrant novel filled with biting humor and clear-eyed wisdom that will move and inspire the reader with its narrative power and its striking characters.
Read a review of Guests on Earth.
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Wednesday November 27, 2013
Thirteen-year-old Theo Decker survives an explosion at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, but his mom does not. In his escape from the tragedy, Theo grabs a single painting, "The Goldfinch," a Dutch masterpiece that the boy drags through his ensuing coming-of-age along with his broken heart and longing to have his mother back.
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is Amazon's #1 Pick of the Year and has received numerous other accolades. Known for her reclusively, Tartt has published just three books in two decades.
Photo: Little, Brown and Company