Author: Jeff Alford

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan 0

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

★★★★☆ Before we moved out west, my wife and I lived in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn for three years. It was a strange, beautiful neighborhood, an oasis of massive, single-family Victorian homes nestled between busy...

Pantheon, 2017 0

Winter by Ali Smith

★★★★☆ The second volume of her seasonal tetralogy, Ali Smith’s Winter is a hazy Christmastime tale about a family reuniting over the winter holiday. Like Autumn before it, Winter uses a relatively simple plot to...

Best Books 2017 0

Best Books of 2017

This week, we’ve had each of our critics post a summary on the Run Spot Run blog of the three best books they read this year. It’s always an interesting exercise for a group...

Best Books 2017 0

Best Books of 2017: Jeff’s Picks

Ali Smith’s Autumn is a tremendously good and timely novel and one that should have knocked George Saunders’s incredible (but let’s face it, pretty weird) Lincoln in the Bardo from the Man Booker Prize’s...

Katalin Street by Magda Szabo 0

Katalin Street by Magda Szabo

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Centered on the 1944 occupation of Hungary and spanning nearly thirty-five years over a handful of chapters, Katalin Street follows three neighboring families during World War II and the...

Mrs. Osmond by John Banville 0

Mrs. Osmond by John Banville

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ With Mrs. Osmond, John Banville has achieved an unthinkably bold feat: adopting the sumptuous prose of Henry James, Banville has penned a sequel to James’ celebrated masterwork The Portrait...

Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld 0

Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld

★★★★☆ Tinted in soft pastels and silhouetted with simply-rendered pen-drawn figures, Tom Gauld’s delightfully erudite cartoons show a cultural landscape awkwardly close to anachronism. These strips exist in a world where classical literature goes...