Category: Book Reviews

Simon & Schuster, 2018. 2

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

★★☆☆☆ Asymmetry reads like the product of a promising young writer having completed a very good creative writing MFA program, who is subsequently unable to write much beyond a meta discussion of everything she...

Devotion by Patti Smith 0

Devotion by Patti Smith

★★★☆☆ Patti Smith’s Devotion is a concise and special compilation consisting of three works that explore the author’s creative process. Two narrative essays bookend the eponymous story “Devotion”, a short and bittersweet tale of a young...

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...