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 books and turns it into a boo...
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 the gills with feces. These are not books...
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 obtuse. She does te...
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

I am an unabashed fan of David Mitchell. At least I was an unabashed fan of David Mitchell. I loved his mixture of fantasy and sci-fi and literature and bizarro...
The Ministry of Special Cases

The Ministry of Special Cases

Aw god make the depression stop! I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to read this book. Amazon pitched it to me for months, and...
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 covers. His will to get the...
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 our all-encompassing 9/1...
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 Curtain (like Buddha's Little Finger, ...
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 broken? What happens t...
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 and whatever else I c...
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 be who everyone ...
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

I gotta say that I almost thought about buying this one in hardcover because I just couldn't wait to read it. The thought of carrying it around in my stupid bag...
True History of the Kelly Gang

True History of the Kelly Gang

I must admit that I knew very little about the Kelly Gang before reading this book. I'm not sure I know all that much after reading it, either. To really unders...
Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance

Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance

You wouldn't think a book about farmers would be interesting. You'd only be half right. This book is half fictional account of a trio of brothers, and half hist...
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 t...
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 I've...
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 he write something with such d...
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 some story about men in sparkly pants w...