Short Stories for Distracted Minds | Wyatt’s World

A long novel can provide the perfect escape, sometimes a weeks-long fall into story, character, and place. But other times such needed focus is in short supply, and what readers really crave are brief pieces that can recenter their thinking—like boot camp meditation. Here are five collections to do just that.

2017 Gumbo | What We’re Reading

We’re reading: aloud, long-form journalism, parental nightmares, New Orleans novels, Wild Westerns, Richard III rewrites, Brooklyn books, whodunits, a raconteur’s remembrances, & more Lippman!

Running, Listening, Versing, Rhapsodizing, + Celebrating Sophie Hannah | What We’re Reading

As we prepare for a poetry-exclusive “What We’re Reading” column next week, here’s a transitional report on the books in our hands this week. Plus, a vist with author Sophie Hannah and her crew.

Benincasa, Boyd, Higgins, Holleman, & Double Murakami | Fiction Reviews, August 2015

Boyd is simply stunning; another exceptional summertime read from Higgins; an unparalleled opportunity to experience Murakami’s progression from start to phenom; a great YA crossover for older teens from Benincasa

Year-End Review: ARRT Favorites from 2014 | The Reader’s Shelf, December 2014

From Denfeld’s debut, The Enchanted to Bouman’s down-to-earth first-person mystery, Dry Bones in the Valley to Lepucki’s very different postapocalyptic ­vision, California.

Haruki Murakami’s Strange Library | RA Crossroads

Libraries become dangerous places in Murakami’s dark fairy tale of an unnamed boy imprisoned by a librarian intent on devouring his brain. Adding to the disquiet is Chip Kidd’s deft production and design. A brief and eerie ode to the most forbidding expressions of the Brothers Grimm.

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