Sam is a sucker for dense, twisty novels that wrestle with difficult questions. He is arguably the most caffeinated member of the Village Books staff.
Dark and sparse, with a wit as sharp as a knife (or maybe a box cutter), this is one of the best new novels I have read so far this year. If you like Raymond Chandler or Cormac McCarthy's The Road, you won't be disappointed by Shovel Ready.--Sam
A hard-boiled, defiantly satirical romp through the adolescent internet, delivered by the reigning American master of postmodern absurdity. The very definition of 'Pynchonesque.'
It's like 'One Hundred Years of Solitude.' Except in Denmark. And with boats. An absolute masterpiece.
Usually, the term 'literary thriller' carries the connotation of a novel neither all that thrilling nor particularly literary. 'Night Film,' however, doesn't just live up to the hype...it far exceeds it. Is this mystery? A technotext? A work of art? It's all that, and it's brilliant. --Sam
Forget all this talk about dragon tattoos and playing with fire…Mankell writes the best mysteries coming out of Sweden today and maybe ever. --Sam
Required reading for everybody who eats food. --Sam
A pickup truck, a poodle and a vast country full of ordinary and extraordinary people. --Sam
To call a piece of writing “visceral and yet elegant” has become something of a literary cliché, but it’s hard to talk about this memoir without invoking the description. Despite his lyrical, earthy prose, Dubus pulls no punches and dulls no edges as he describes growing up in a drug-laden and brutally violent mill town in the mid-1970s…just a few hours away from his father, a respected author and professor whose friends included Kurt Vonnegut and John Updike. --Sam