Here you’ll find an intriguing mix of fiction, memoir, and graphic nonfiction. One of the novels is by an internationally acclaimed Irish author. Another is by “the other Elizabeth Taylor,” a British author whose writing career unfortunately began just as the American Elizabeth Taylor came to fame in Hollywood. Her novels are considered to be a well-kept secret.
Tag: NYRB Classics
Classic horror with an evil twin
Thomas Tryon's "The Other" unnerved me the first time I read it when I was 16. It still creeps me out.
How to get your book of the month
Book box subscription services are many, but they’re not my preference. So here are my three choices for getting a monthly book delivery.
What I’m reading this summer
Something I love to do during the summertime is catch up on classics. The desire is connected to the memory of the required summer reading lists I used to get for school when I was a young reader. Here's what I've "assigned" to myself this summer.
A book list and a control measure
I discovered these six books via review publications. I think they offer the promise of good reading and thought I'd share what I've learned. Brief descriptions and links to more information included. Ficion and non-fiction.
An Irish family secret revealed
Brian Moore's novel "The Mangan Inheritance" was published this year by the New York Review Books Classics Series. Set in New York City, Montreal and Drishane, Ireland, it's a good one, with rich characterization and a stunning conclusion.
A thirst for fame: John Wilkes Booth
This historical novel about President Lincoln's assassination was published 50 years ago and is newly reissued by the New York Review of Books Classics. It's a great rip of a read that, unlike more contemporary historical novels, sticks close to actual events and people.
A female assassin in this noir classic
Jean-Patrick Manchette's 1977 novel "Fatale" arrived in the mail. Here's why (you can do this, too) plus a brief summary of what the murderous vixen is up to.
“The Anatomy of Melancholy”
Robert Burton's 17th Century exploration of melancholy is a best seller for The New York Review of Books Classics. But why?