A comment during an interview with author Mark Helprin turned my thinking to the books I’ve given most as gifts. Here they are.
The 2018 International Dublin Literary Award longlist includes 150 novels nominated by worldwide librarians. Here are reading suggestions.
"Katalin Street" by Magda Szabó offers a compulsive reading experience about three families who live side by side in 1934 Budapest.
"A Whole Life" by Robert Seethaler tells a memorable story about a mountain man with simple needs.
"Constellation" is a brief, fictionalized true story about the Air France F-BAZN Lockheed Constellation airplane that crashed into a mountain in the Azores archipelago on October 28, 1949. This captivating novel is more than a retelling of an aviation event. Here's why.
"Six Four" is being hailed by critics for its complexity and insight into Japanese media, police and government culture and corruption. Readers have shot sales figures into the stratosphere. It's a unique novel for ambitious, patient and demanding readers.
Award-winning novels don't often equate to page-turners, but they do point us in the direction of fine literature. These winners of recent international fiction awards tell stories about family tragedy, a South Korean woman's obsession with vegetarianism and crime in Ireland's post-crash society. Here are the book titles and more of what each is about.
David Foenkinos has written a novel that's as compelling for its style as it is for the story. The new novel is a multiple award-winner and massive bestseller in France, recounting the life and work of German artist Charlotte Salomon during World War II. Foenkinos' obsession with the subject and the way he writes the story make it a stand-out.
French author Jean-Philippe Blondel creates an engaging fictional story out of an ordinary incident that takes place on a train from Troyes, in northeastern France, to Paris. A best-seller in France and Germany, here's what it's all about.
Everyone's making their lists of 2015 best books from a year of reading. I wanted to see if there's agreement on one book of fiction, so I cross-referenced the fiction lists from five publications. Turns out, there are two.
Ernest Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast" is flying out of Paris bookstores. A bit here about that, and also about a new-old book set in the City of Light that first appeared in serial installments in a 19th century Paris newspaper. It captivated readers and saved the failing newspaper from bankruptcy. Here's the scoop.
We're in the count-down days to the announcement of the winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It's not the winner I'm most interested in but the short-list of nominees, which always provides a whopping good reading list. Here are the 10 in the line-up.
A gathering of five books -- fiction and non-fiction -- soon to hit bookstores.
Andreï Makine is a French-Russian author whose novels should not be missed, especially by readers looking for unusual, moving stories. The two novels here richly evoke Soviet life with unforgettable main characters. I read one and immediately picked up the other. And I'd continue, chain reading his novels, if I had the time to do so.
French author Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize in Literature this year. Looking into his "oeuvre" made me curious about other French books. The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, in its recently announced 2015 longlist, provided these, which look wonderful.