The Fitzgerald and Orwell pieces are “cohesive, focused and absorbing.” Kirkus Reviews
“Mendelsund, one of the truly great book-cover designers, explores what we see when we read, in a volume packed with stunning visuals. It’s a fascinating and enlightening look at something we might not actually realize we’re thinking about with every word we read.” —Flavorwire
Happy Birthday, Mr. Wilde!
"Enlightening…Zaretsky probes Camus’s multifaceted sensibility." Times Literary Supplement
I’m reading now, and it’s fascinating. I wish I could spend my entire day reading!
This is an extraordinary memoir. I particularly loved the way he weaved the loss of his wife throughout the book that made his loss even more poignant. Goldman’s insight into Mexico’s politics was riveting. I now understand how difficult it is for the country to get its act together when one of the parties, the Right, is so corrupt.
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.