Inside Orwell and Other Stories consists of three powerful novellas and one short story by Joseph Raffetto. The new work includes Three A.M., a look back at Scott and Zelda’s fall from grace; Inside Orwell, a novella about George Orwell’s remarkable life and experiences in the Spanish Civil War; The Selection of ‘92, the comic tale of two colorful copier salesmen during the final days of the 1992 presidential election; and The Georges, a story of the furies inspired by the Trayvon Martin murder with insights provided by George Zimmerman, George W. Bush, and George Orwell.
Roger Straus stated that Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar is his favorite book that Straus of Farrar, Straus and Giroux ever published. An amazing statement considering FS&G is one of the finest US publishers of quality nonfiction and fiction. Now that I’m reading Yourcenar’s amazing tale of a Roman emperor, I understand why he said that.
When a character can talk to cats, and you believe it, you know it’s a book worth reading. I’m such a huge fan of Murakami.
I love Murakami. His writing draws me into a mystery that makes me want to spend my entire day reading to find out what will happen next. And his character’s dreamlike worlds always pack an emotional knockout punch along the way. This book is no different. I thought it was incredible. The tone and plot and structure of the book are perfect—and the point of view powerful. This novel is more straightforward and melancholy than his other books, but it’s an unforgettable journey.
I just started to listen to The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham. What a fascinating piece of literary history.
I finished California a month ago, but strange feelings still haunt me about the story. It reminds me of the experience as a kid after watching a frightening movie like Sybil or The Exorcist.
It reads like a fantastic, all-encompassing 1980s video game that you can’t stop playing.
If you believe that a novel about three young anthropologists in the 1930s will not be your cup of tea—think again.
Euphoria is a fascinating journey that Lilly King brings to life with a brilliant narrative that captures the passions, desires and intricacies of a blossoming love triangle in the most foreign of lands for a westerner.
Homage to Catalonia is perhaps George Orwell’s most important work. It’s one of Bill Clinton’s favorite books. This is how Orwell became, in my view, the most important writer of the 20th century. Happy Birthday, Mr. Orwell!
The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Michima. The prose is beautiful. A story and characters you will not forget. And it will make you say “Wow” several times.
Michael Hastings was a gifted reporter for Newsweek and Rolling Stone, before he tragically died in an automobile accident in Los Angeles in 2013.
They discovered this manuscript on his computer, and fortunately it has been published, and unfortunately it will be his last published piece of fiction.
In my opinion, journalists who attempt to write novels are typically not very good at it. That’s not the case here.
The Last Magazine is compelling, hilarious, nasty, revealing and rollicking ride through the last throes of a big time magazine in the runup and first year of the Iraq War. I’m certain The Last Magazine would have been better if he had time to work with an editor, but it’s bursting with life, and you will not want to put it down.
You will not think about the Iraq War the same after reading this powerful, well-written and brutal collection of stories.
Diaries, George Orwell