An exciting debut, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24), by Wells Tower, signals the arrival of a major literary talent. These nine stories display psychological insight, compassion, wit, and unforgettable characters.  In the title piece a group of Viking marauders, tired of pillaging, longs for the comforts of home.  In another, two estranged brothers reunite at the older one’s half-built cabin, only to discover that their family bond is equally untenable.  Most of the stories here tackle the subject of middle-aged-male disillusionment, and they succeed because they are honest, sometimes funny, and always compelling.

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ISBN: 9780312429294
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Published: Picador - February 2nd, 2010

If I knew in advance that I could have a kid like Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet, I’d have a whole passel of children. T.S. (as he’s known) is bright, funny, insightful, and just a twinge on the geeky side. In The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet (Penguin Press, $27.95), by Reif Larsen, T.S. gets his chance to shine when he’s offered a prestigious award by the Smithsonian for his work in cartography. T.S. is twelve and lives in Montana, but he’s not going to let a few minor details keep him from his destiny. He decides to travel by train to Washington, D.C., to accept his award—by train as a hobo, that is. As his journey unfolds, you’ll be treated to his detailed maps in the margins for added depth to this truly wonderful story.

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Published: Penguin Press - May 5th, 2009

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Published: Penguin Books - April 27th, 2010

Paul Auster returns with another brilliant novel about personal, familial, and cultural identity.  Man In The Dark (Picador, $14) focuses on August Brill, a man who fills his life with narrative—classic films, family secrets, and highly-inventive anti-bedtime stories.  Brill creates an America that didn’t experience 9/11 and that has fallen into civil, rather than international, war.  These new “facts” become the backdrop for Brill’s nocturnal brooding, even as they distract him from the nagging events of his night-long pondering.  By day, Brill’s life revolves around his relationship with his granddaughter, and these sections include some of the most insightful writing about film I’ve ever encountered.  Man in the Dark is all things Auster: quizzical, suspenseful, and, above all, incredibly enjoyable.

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Published: Picador - April 28th, 2009

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