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Commotion of the Birds by John Ashbery 0

Commotion of the Birds by John Ashbery

★★★☆☆ In Commotion of the Birds, John Ashbery’s twenty-seventh book of poetry, puzzling poems read like textual collages: meticulously arranged words and phrases torn and reassembled into abstraction. They’re enigmatic, but far from anything...

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Best Books of 2016

This month each of our critics have highlighted some of their favorite books from this year. From those posts on the Run Spot Run blog, we’re pleased to present a Top 5 for 2016,...

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie 0

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah

★★★☆☆ Bestselling author Sophie Hannah attempts to capture Agatha Christie’s masterful storytelling in Closed Casket, but Christie was an author who cannot be replicated. Closed Casket takes place at Lady Athelinda Playford’s estate in Clonakilty, County...

Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo 0

Iza’s Ballad by Magda Szabo

★★★★☆ Although not the shimmering, layered masterpiece that is Magda Szabo’s 1987 novel The Door (translated last year to critical acclaim), Iza’s Ballad is an accomplished work of similar emotional weight. Before The Door’s...

Ema, the Captive by Cesar Aira 0

Ema, The Captive by César Aira

★★☆☆☆ The prolific César Aira is a writer of momentum and continuum. He often discusses his work ethic in essays and interviews, explaining how he’s a daily writer and resists editing yesterday’s material. He...