Archives: December 2015

This is the archive page for [December 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.

The Year in Books 2015: Jason Pettus' Favorites | December 31, 2015
Welcome to day 4 of CCLaP's annual "Year in Books" report! Today we look at reviewer Jason Pettus' ten personally favorite reads of 2015. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2015: Chris Schahfer's Favorites | December 30, 2015
Welcome to day 3 of CCLaP's annual "Year in Books" report! Today we look at reviewer Chris Schahfer's six personally favorite reads of 2015. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2015: Karl Wolff's Favorites | December 29, 2015
Welcome to day 2 of CCLaP's annual "Year in Books" report! Today we look at reviewer Karl Wolff's five personally favorite reads of 2015. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2015: Best of the Best | December 28, 2015
Welcome to day 1 of CCLaP's annual "Year in Books" report! Today we look at the 12 absolutely highest scoring books of 2015 by our entire staff, out of the 90 we collectively reviewed this year. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2015 | December 28, 2015
It's been another busy year at the CCLaP blog, and here's our annual look at our favorite 40 books we as a staff reviewed here in 2015, out of the 90 book reviews we ended up publishing. Click through for links to all five of the specialized reports we're posting here this week. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic," by Jessica Hopper | December 21, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Jessica Hopper's "First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic," culled from Hopper's tenure at Pitchfork media. Says Chris, "this book handily avoids common traps rock criticism falls into by giving us a more personal edge." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "See You in the Morning," by Mairead Case | December 21, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Mairead Case's "See You in the Morning," an unconventional coming-of-age story. Says Chris, "We've got a great character, a strong narrative voice, and a compellingly off world." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Story of My Teeth," by Valeria Luiselli | December 21, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Valeria Luiselli's "The Story of My Teeth," also the story of a less-than-scrupulous auctioneer. Says Chris, "It's a fun book, but it's also a refreshing book, with a great sense of humor and an askew glance at storytelling." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Jillian," by Halle Butler | December 21, 2015
Jillian By Halle Butler Curbside Splendor Reviewed by Chris Schahfer If you so happen to be a Chicago resident, and if you're the sort of Chicago resident who likes to go to readings - and if you're a big... | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Giallo Fantastique," edited by Ross E. Lockhart | December 8, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews "Giallo Fantastique," another superb anthology by the horror publisher Word Horde, in this case combining supernatural elements with the Italian "lurid detective" genre known as "Giallo." | Read entire entry

Say hello to CCLaP's last book of the year, Gint Aras's "The Fugue!" | December 7, 2015
CCLaP's insanely busy 2015 publishing schedule finally wraps up today, with the official release of Gint Aras's haunting Chicago immigrant family saga, "The Fugue." Click through for a lot more, including instructions for downloading a free ebook version right this moment. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace," by David Lipsky | December 4, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself," by David Lipsky, the book that became "The End of the Tour," starring Jason Segel as DFW. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Heart Goes Last," by Margaret Atwood | December 3, 2015
Excerpt: Today at CCLAP, Chris Schahfer reviews Margaret Atwood's the Heart Goes Last, a comedic dystopian novel. Says Chris, "this doesn't do much more than rehash old Atwood tropes and ask the reader to invest themselves in some of her thinnest characters yet." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Way Inn" by Will Wiles | December 2, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Will Wiles' "The Way Inn," an engaging transgenre blend of Douglas Coupland, JG Ballard and David Lynch, if you can imagine such a thing. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Thanksgiving for Werewolves" by ML Kennedy | December 1, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews ML Kennedy's "Thanksgiving for Werewolves," a collection of horror short stories that is no great shakes but certainly worth your time. | Read entire entry