Books by Michael Chabon

TELEGRAPH AVENUE by Michael Chabon
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"The evocation of "Useless, by James Joyce" attests to the humor and ambition of the novel, as if this were a Joyce-an remix with a hipper rhythm track."
An end-of-an-era epic celebrating the bygone glories of vinyl records, comic-book heroes and blaxploitation flicks in a world gone digital. Read full book review >
THE ASTONISHING SECRET OF AWESOME MAN by Michael Chabon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

Chabon snags his youngest audience yet with this first-person profile of a superhero who battles both bad guys and anger issues.

Awesome Man zooms about in his stylin' costume, decapitating a giant killer robot with the positronic rays that shoot out of his eyes here, schooling Professor Von Evil's Antimatter Slimebot ("Antimatter slime is extra gross") there. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Wry and heartfelt, Chabon's riffs uncover brand-new insights in even the most quotidian subjects."
A charming collection of autobiographical essays—on childhood, parenthood and lifelong geekhood—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. Read full book review >
GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD by Michael Chabon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

"Ridiculously entertaining. If the movie people don't snap this one up, somebody's asleep at the switch."
In his ongoing crusade to reanimate tales of adventure set in days of yore, Chabon (The Yiddish Policemen's Union, 2007, etc.) offers an ebullient yarn that blithely defies probability, while plundering from innumerable semi-literary sources. Read full book review >
THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN’S UNION by Michael Chabon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2007

"A page-turning noir, with a twist of Yiddish, that satisfies on many levels."
Imagine a mutant strain of Dashiell Hammett crossed with Isaac Bashevis Singer, as one of the most imaginative contemporary novelists extends his fascination with classic pulp. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2005 by Michael Chabon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"Even when repetitive (two stories about neurotical, sensitive piano-playing young boys?), the offerings are consistently interesting and often wonderfully weird."
The always-excellent Houghton Mifflin "Best," with an entertaining twist. Read full book review >
MCSWEENEY’S ENCHANTED CHAMBER OF ASTONISHING STORIES by Michael Chabon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"Thrills, chills, and otherworldly spectacles: a rare anthology that delivers on its superlatives—and then some."
Fifteen stories—more from the A-list, several from the B—get down and dirty with the new McSweeney's genre compilation. Read full book review >
THE FINAL SOLUTION by Michael Chabon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A fun, short snip of a detective yarn that, even so, leaves more questions than answers."
In wartime England, an old sleuth comes out of retirement to solve the case of a mute boy and his parrot, and their connection to a murder. Read full book review >
MCSWEENEY’S MAMMOTH TREASURY OF THRILLING TALES by Michael Chabon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2003

"Still, talent galore, and well worth the price of admission."
Twenty authors write in a hodgepodge of genres, in issue ten of McSweeney's quarterly. Read full book review >
SUMMERLAND by Michael Chabon
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Well, we got no choice, an' that's a fact. Read full book review >

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY by Michael Chabon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2000

"A tale of two magnificently imagined characters, and a plaintive love song to (and vivid re-creation of) the fractious ethnic energy of New York City a half century ago. "
A stroke of sheer conceptual genius links the themes of illusion and escape with that of the European immigrant experience of America in this huge, enthralling third novel from the author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988) and Wonder Boys (1994). Read full book review >
WEREWOLVES IN THEIR YOUTH by Michael Chabon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

67941587.498 Chabon, Michael WEREWOLVES IN THEIR YOUTH: A mixed second collection of nine stories by novelist Chabon (A Model World, 1991; Wonder Boys, 1995, etc.), mostly set in the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >

WONDER BOYS by Michael Chabon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

Himself a former wonder boy, Chabon (The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, 1988, etc.) realizes his obvious talents with this mature and hilarious novel. Writing about a struggling writer is usually a recipe for disaster, but in the acerbic voice of his narrator, Grady Tripp, Chabon has found a fabulously plush vehicle in which to romp. Read full book review >