Historical Fiction

The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

I don’t belong to a book club. Shocking, I know. But I do listen to a bunch of podcasts, among them one that occasionally suggests…

Ragtime

Ragtime

I must admit that I felt a little funny reading this one on the bus. I’m sure more than one person thought I was reading…

House of Meetings

House of Meetings

Why are people allowed to be despicable in wartime? Why are all of man’s base desires and impulses laid bare when society has cracked and…

The History of Love

The History of Love

This book is oddly similar to Krauss’ Husband’s book, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. You have dead fathers, old men who turn out to not…

Great House

Great House

Nicole Krauss is a hell of a writer, that much is for sure. Her prose is lyrical and smart without being overly complicated or intentionally…

The Fixer

The Fixer

You’d think I had some sort of Russia fetish what with all of the books I keep seeming to find about life behind the Iron…

Falling Man

Falling Man

As with most of what DeLillo writes, he seems to put some distance between himself and his subjects. That’s not exactly what we need in…

Everything Is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated

I can’t stand how scary talented this guy is. How does a guy in his early twenties write such funny and beautiful prose? How does…

English Passengers

English Passengers

I tend to buy my books in clusters. I’ll get super-motivated, cozy up with Amazon and just go to town on those recommendations, wish lists…

Dreamland

Dreamland

There’s something about early New York society that just fascinates me. The lawlessness, brutality and utter hopelessness are in such odd contrast to the city…

The Castle In the Forest

The Castle in the Forest

I’ve read several Norman Mailer books over the years, and I’m always amazed at the pure amount of stuff the man can pack between the…

Carter Beats the Devil

Carter Beats the Devil

Infinitely readable and completely entertaining, Carter Beats the Devil is¬†Kavalier & Clay with a good editor. This is actually the third book in a row…

Animal's People

Animal’s People

Ah, the Indian novel. I mean the novel about India. It seems I’ve read more than a few, and all of them are stuffed to…