Archives: November 2015

This is the archive page for [November 2015]; below you should see headlines and summaries of all entries posted here that month. Click the appropriate link at each to read the entire entry.

Book Review: "The Boy Who Granted Dreams" by Luca Di Fulvio | November 26, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Luca Di Fulvio's "The Boy Who Granted Dreams," a basement-press, by-the-books tale of Italian immigrants in early-20th-century New York City, and that unfortunately highlights a growing problem in the literary industry, the flood of "just good enough" novels that are not actively terrible but also not worth your time. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Children of Old Leech," edited by Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele | November 25, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews "The Children of Leech," Dark Horde's well-done ode to popular horror author Laird Barron, edited by Horde employees Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Braineater Jones" by Steve Kozeniewski | November 24, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Steve Kozeniewski's "Braineater Jones," a book that should be admired for its unique attempt to combine a zombie story with a hardboiled detective noir, but can be easily skipped anyway because of its lackluster results. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's (finally) on Instagram! | November 23, 2015
Did you know that, under the direction of our new photography editor Jennifer Yu, CCLaP recently joined the photo social network Instagram? We have! Click through for the details and to learn how to add us as a friend there. | Read entire entry

The last 2015 issue of the CCLaP Weekender is here! | November 20, 2015
It's Friday, which means it's time for the newest issue of the Pushcart-Prize-nominated CCLaP Weekender! This week's issue, which is our last issue of the year, features a new original piece of fiction by Oliver Serang; a photography feature by Katherine Squier; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

TONIGHT! Help CCLaP celebrate the Chicago Book Expo at City Lit Books! | November 19, 2015
TONIGHT! Don't forget to come join CCLaP tonight at our Chicago Book Expo sneak preview, being held at City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood at 6:30 pm! Click through for more details! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Argonauts," by Maggie Nelson | November 19, 2015
Today at CCLAP, Chris Schahfer reviews Maggie Nelson's the Argonauts, a memoir with a philosophical bent. Says Chris, "You can put whatever center you want on it, gender or critical theory, motherhood memoir or love story or political commentary, and it's still an excellent book." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Principles of Navigation" by Lynn Sloan | November 19, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Lynn Sloan's "Principles of Navigation," a character-heavy domestic drama that unfortunately never rises above the well-known tropes the author chooses to use. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Submission" by Michel Houellebecq | November 18, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Michel Houellebecq's "Submission," the latest controversial novel by this French intellectual who has made an entire career out of controversial novels, this time imagining what would happen if a Muslim political party won the French national election (his answer: white liberals would be falling all over themselves to see who could convert first). | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Couples" by John Updike (1968), 1st Edition 1st Printing | November 17, 2015
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP is a 1st edition, 1st printing of John Updike's 1968 "Couples," an explosive bestseller that first turned this academic novelist into a national celebrity, and which singlehandedly ushered in the national mainstream conversation about suburban wife-swapping parties. | Read entire entry

Say hello to CCLaP's newest book, Leland Cheuk's "The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong!" | November 16, 2015
CCLaP's newest book, Leland Cheuk's dark and hilarious Asian-American dysfunctional family comedy, "The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong," is out today! Click through for all the details, as well as a chance to download a free ebook copy right this second. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for November 13th is here! | November 13, 2015
It's Friday, which means it's time for the newest issue of the Pushcart-Prize-nominated CCLaP Weekender! This week's issue features a new original piece of fiction by Mark Wagstaff; a photography feature by Josh White; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Sick Pack," by MP Johnson | November 13, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Sick Pack," by MP Johnson, about a Fabio-esque male model's plight after his ab muscles leave him to purse their own careers. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Marco Polo: The Journey That Changed the World" by John Man | November 12, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews John Man's "Marco Polo: The Journey That Changed the World," a well-done book but that unfortunately turns out to be only half about Marco Polo, with an entire second half that's an archeological look at emperor Kublai Khan's summer palace Xanadu, a last-minute title change by HarperCollins as a cheap shot to cash in on the "Marco Polo" Netflix series earlier this year. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Only Ones" by Carola Dibbell | November 11, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Carola Dibbell's "The Only Ones," one of the most inventive and addictive post-apocalyptic novels of recent years, continuing the perfect batting average of superior indie press Two Dollar Radio. | Read entire entry

Book Reviews: Three Titles by Aglu | November 10, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews the first three titles by new British photography publisher Aglu (covering work by Flaviana Frascogna, Adam Geary and John Oliver Hodges), all of them daring titles released in these gorgeously tiny little sizes. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for November 6th is here! | November 6, 2015
It's Friday, which means it's time for the newest issue of the Pushcart-Prize-nominated CCLaP Weekender! This week's issue features a new original piece of fiction by Joseph G. Peterson; a photography feature by Gustavo Gomes; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Morning and Evening," by Jon Fosse | November 5, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Jon Fosse's "Morning and Evening," a novel about a man's birth and older years. Says Chris, "As long as Fosse keeps things moving, he's engaging, and his extreme stream-of-consciousness style is impressive." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Morning and Evening," by Jon Fosse | November 5, 2015
Excerpt: Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Jon Fosse's "Morning and Evening," a novel about a man's birth and older years. Says Chris, "As long as Fosse keeps things moving, he's engaging, and his extreme stream-of-consciousness style is impressive." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel" by Matt Zoller Seitz | November 5, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews the official book companion to Wes Anderson's astounding movie "Grand Budapest Hotel," written and edited by Pulitzer-nominated film critic Matt Zoller Seitz, a gorgeous and exhaustive coffee table tome that's worth every penny. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Humboldt's Gift" by Saul Bellow (1975), 1st Edition 1st Printing | November 4, 2015
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP is of a first edition, first printing of Saul Bellow's 1975 "Humboldt's Gift," a loving ode to cranky far-left liberal intellectuals, and winner of that year's Pulitzer Prize (followed up the next year by a Nobel Prize for Bellow's entire career). | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Welcome to Braggsville" by T. Geronimo Johnson | November 3, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews T. Geronimo Johnson's "Welcome to Braggsville," a surprise National Book Award nominee that starts off as a funny, genteel coming-of-age novel before taking a much darker turn about halfway through. | Read entire entry

Announcing "The New York Stories: SELL ALL THE BOOKS!" | November 2, 2015
We've got too many copies sitting around of Ben Tanzer's "The New York Stories," so we're offering a special "SELL ALL THE BOOKS!" sale of $9.99 from now until Christmas! Plus lots of live Chicago events to promote it! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry