Archives: June 2016

This is the archive page for [June 2016]; 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: "Margaret the First," by Danielle Dutton | June 29, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Danielle Dutton's "Margaret the First," a historical fiction novel. Says Chris, "I have to admit I didn't expect Dutton to follow up her great 2010 novel Sprawl, perhaps the only impressionistic comic novel I've ever read, with a work of historical fiction." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Black Deutschland" by Darryl Pinckney | June 28, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Darryl Pinckney's "Black Deutschland," an engaging yet slowly-paced character study of a black gay intellectual who splits his time between 1980s Chicago and Berlin. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Portable Veblen" by Elizabeth McKenzie | June 27, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Elizabeth McKenzie's "The Portable Veblen," this literary season's Next Big Hot Thing, which like most of these types of books was just too adorably quirky for Pettus's tastes. | Read entire entry

First Time Around: "Americana," by Don DeLillo | June 22, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Don DeLillo's "Americana," part of both his First Time Around series and his Don DeLillo mini-retrospective. Says Chris, "Here we have his first novel, and it's quite the strange one indeed." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Zero K," by Don DeLillo | June 15, 2016
(CCLaP is dedicated to reviewing as many contemporary books as possible, including self-published volumes; click here to learn how to submit your own book for possible review, although be warned that it needs to have been published within the last... | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Winston Churchill Reporting" by Simon Read | June 14, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Simon Read's "Winston Churchill Reporting," a lively and action-filled account of the famed Prime Minister's youth as a swashbuckling war correspondent during the late Victorian Age. Highly recommended! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Age of Aspiration" by Dilip Hiro | June 13, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Dilip Hiro's "The Age of Aspiration," one of the smartest and most insightful books yet written about 2010s Indian society, politics and business, but a dense, data-heavy read that will turn many casual readers off. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Pontiac Concept and Show Cars," by Don Keefe | June 10, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews Don Keefe's "Pontiac Concept and Show Cars," a history of the marque's design dreams and an exploration of the Mid-Century Modernist aesthetic. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Always Hungry?" by Dr. David Ludwig | June 9, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Dr. David Ludwig's "Always Hungry?," which like many contemporary nutrition books argues that it's not how much we eat that determines our weight, but rather what kinds of things we're eating. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Bottom of the Ninth," by Wyl Villacres | June 8, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Wyl Villacres' baseball-themed "Bottom of the Ninth." Says Chris, "Villacres uses the occasional bit of baseball jargon, like "suicide squeeze" or "6-3-4 double play," but his main points lie elsewhere." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: The Complete Novels of Jonathan Franzen (5 titles), all 1st Edition 1st Printing | June 7, 2016
Today's eBay rare-book auction at CCLaP is a bundle of all five of Jonathan Franzen's novels over the course of his career, each of them a 1st edition/1st printing and all in exquisite like-new shape. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Box Wine Sailors" by Amy McCullough | June 6, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Amy McCullough's "The Box Wine Sailors," a true story about a hipster couple who sail from Portland to Mexico with no training or experience, unfortunately hampered by the fact that McCullough is an unpleasant human being. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Pioneer Girl" by Laura Ingalls Wilder | June 2, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Pioneer Girl," the famed memoirist's unpublished adult book that has just been put out in a gorgeous coffeetable-sized annotated edition. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Relevator," by Robert Kloss | June 1, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews, "The Relevator," a Southern Gothic-type novel by Robert Kloss. Says Chris, "If you're a fan of Cormac McCarthy's pre-All the Pretty Horses novels, you might find yourself quite comfortable in the Relevator's decidedly dark landscape." | Read entire entry