Until I Find You – John Irving

In contrast to several of John Irving’s large-scale comic novels of the past thirty years, Until I Find You likely won’t attract a wave of enthusiastic new readers to the writer’s work. (There are ardent fans of A Prayer  ...

Secrets of Sant’Angelo – Jeff Shapiro

Set in a storybook vision of rural Tuscany, Jeff Shapiro’s second novel, Secrets of Sant-Angelo, weaves its narrative way gracefully, partaking of operatic drama, rustic idyll, children’s story, psychological thriller and philosophical meditation. Nestled in the mountains on a  ...

Drives Like a Dream – Porter Shreve

Porter Shreve’s 2000 debut novel, The Obituary Writer, was a fresh and engaging shaggy-dog tale narrated by a plucky 22-year-old newspaperman named Gordie Hatch. Marooned in St. Louis as a lowly obituary-page reporter, Hatch dreams of becoming a big-time  ...

Fray – Joss Whedon/Karl Moline

Karl Moline's artwork in Fray is exemplary, striking the perfect balance between realism and imagination. The characters and settings are realistic enough to be living, breathing entities, but cartoonish enough to take advantage of the medium's inherent ability  ...

Holy Ghost – Albert Ayler

First, there’s the box – the sheer physicality of the thing. It’s slightly smaller than a vinyl album, 9 1/2 inches square and about three inches thick, made of heavy black plastic molded from a hand-carved wooden original. Taking  ...