Posts by Kevin Nguyen
April Book Recommendations: ‘Melancholia’ for Teens and a Prom Date With Predetermined Death
The books of April have a lot to do with kids who are about to die. But not in a gloomy way.
March Book Recommendations: Memorable Stories of Forgetting
On Laura van den Berg’s ‘Find Me’ and Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant.’
February Book Recommendations: ‘The Girl on the Train’ Is Worthy of Its Inevitable ‘Next “Gone Girl”’ Hype
If you liked Gillian Flynn’s mega–best seller, you might want to check this one out.
January Book Recommendations: Found in Translations, From Brazil to China to Switzerland
This month: ‘Blood-Drenched Beard,’ ‘The Seventh Day,’ and ‘The Country Road.’
Books of the Year: Mysterious Women, Sad Men, and Stories From the Postapocalypse
Including the debuts ‘Everything I Never Told You,’ ‘Redeployment,’ and ‘Wolf in White Van.’
November Book Recommendations: ‘Yes Please’ and ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
Thoughts on the new books from Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham.
October Book Recommendations: John Darnielle’s ‘Wolf in White Van,’ Ben Lerner’s ’10:04,’ and Men’s Feelings
I’ve only reread two novels this year: John Darnielle’s Wolf in White Van and Ben Lerner’s 10:04. Admittedly, they are both brief novels about sad men, but they are also two of the finest works of fiction I have read in a long time.
September Book Recommendations: ‘The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace’
Also: ‘Station Eleven,’ ‘Datacylsm,’ and ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’
August Book Recommendations: American Dreams
Matthew Thomas’s ‘We Are Not Ourselves’ and Scott Cheshire’s ‘High As the Horses’ Bridles’ are two impressive debut novels that deal with family and identity in America.
July Book Recommendations: Comics That Stand Alone
‘This One Summer,’ ‘Benson’s Cuckoos,’ Bryan Lee O’Malley’s ‘Seconds,’ and other new, essential comics reading.