Search Results: "Jonathan Lethem"


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MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN by Jonathan Lethem
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Don't miss this one."
A brilliantly imagined riff on the classic detective tale: the fifth high-energy novel in five years from the rapidly maturing prodigy whose bizarre black-comic fiction includes, most recently, Girl in Landscape (1998). Read full book review >

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YOU DON’T LOVE ME YET by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2007

"Lethem in a minor key. Not without its ridiculous charms, but nothing to sing about either."
A Jonathan Lethem novel about the rock scene is rather like a Norman Mailer novel about Jesus Christ. We kind of knew it would happen eventually. Read full book review >

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MEN AND CARTOONS by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2004

"A marking-time-between-novels book: pleasant enough, but newcomers to Lethem would do better to start with Motherless Brooklyn (1999)."
Tales that mix the atmospheric Brooklyn settings of novels like Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude (2003) with the fantastic backdrops of earlier, SF-inflected works like the author's Amnesia Moon (1995). Read full book review >

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A GAMBLER'S ANATOMY by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"In this tragicomic novel, nothing is ever exactly as it seems."
Lethem's 10th novel is a romp in which history, both personal and collective, can't help but assert itself. Read full book review >

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DISSIDENT GARDENS by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Not Lethem's tightest novel, but a depth of conviction underlies its narrative sprawl."
A dysfunctional family embodies a dysfunctional epoch, as the novelist continues his ambitious journey through decades, generations and the boroughs of New York. Read full book review >

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CHRONIC CITY by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Lethem's most ambitious work to date, and his best since Motherless Brooklyn (2001)."
One of America's finest novelists explores the disconnections among art, government, space travel and parallel realities, as his characters hunger for elusive meaning. Read full book review >

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THE DISAPPOINTMENT ARTIST by Jonathan Lethem
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 15, 2005

"Persistent and persuasive, like listening to that friend with the smartest take on just about any subject under the sun."
The true confessions of a cultural obsessive turned author. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN SWIFT by John Stubbs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A rich and sweeping story superbly told."
A resplendent biography of the "most notorious writer of his day." Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Inevitably a mixed bag, but with high ambitions and a strong sense of purpose."
Conceptual ambition, sense of purpose and a fan's evangelical devotion distinguish this collection from the typical novelist's gathering of nonfiction miscellany. Read full book review >

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AS SHE CLIMBED ACROSS THE TABLE by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 1997

"But Lethem's clear-eyed prose and believably strange people ultimately make for a moving tale of narcissism and need."
Lethem, a witty spinner of bizarre tales (The Wall of the Sky, 1996, etc.), moves into somewhat more accessible territory with this story of a would-be Alice in Wonderland and the man who would prefer to keep her on this side of the looking glass. Read full book review >

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AMNESIA MOON by Jonathan Lethem
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"But explanations are never forthcoming, and readers wanting substance rather than sheer weirdness, no matter how imaginative, won't be satisfied."
Oddball dreamtime/fractured-reality yarn from the author of Gun, With Occasional Music (1994). Read full book review >

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LUCKY ALAN by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Lethem's humor ranges from rueful to sly to 'big silly,' and his careful, mostly unshowy writing has a gift for charming a reader into almost anything."
These nine stories by a leading American writer almost all bend away from realism, and one goes well into fantasy, while offering choice prose and insights. Read full book review >