We don't have anything against sports, okay? But we’re a little leery of the notion that everybody has to get excited about the scheduled mayhem that will erupt on Sunday night across America. So instead of watching the Super Bowl, we’ll be reading one of these 10 excellent new books. It’s a quiet, literary rebellion: Everyone else can watch football; we’ll be reading.
ORFEO: A NOVEL
"By the author's standards, this is taut, trim storytelling, though it characteristically makes all sorts of connections and proceeds on a number of different levels."
The earmarks of the renowned novelist's work are here—the impressive intellect, the patterns connecting music and science and so much else, the classical grounding of the narrative—but rarely have his novels been so tightly focused and emotionally compelling. Read full book review >