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February 2017: Books to Read and Review

After a number of short novellas in January, I’m excited to dig into some longer books this month. Karl Ove Knausgaard and Fredrik Ekelund’s correspondence about soccer sounds remarkable and frankly quite strange, and I’m...

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Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag

★★☆☆☆ A Bangladore family in the spice trade is faced with a crisis of interdependence. The narrator’s uncle managed to transform their family into wealthy entrepreneurs (doing so practically overnight), and each member of...

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Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

★★☆☆☆ John Darnielle’s new novel Universal Harvester is an urban legend — a convoluted and ultimately disappointing one, but enough of a creepy modern folktale to appeal to those readers sensitive to nostalgic storytelling....

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January 2017: Books to Read and Review

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope your holidays were well-read and restful. My books-to-read stack this month is curiously made up of a lot of short novella-sized books as well as what might be the...

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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,...