Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 4:45pm

The blurb on the back of Tarryn Fisher’s “The Wives” describes the book as “shocking” and “twisted.” I can’t help but agree. I was so “shocked” by the ending that I must’ve read the last two pages several times just to understand how “The Wives” went from a delicious thriller to something resembling a low-budget Lifetime movie. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 5:39pm

When I was in middle school, my introduction to music was the Indie Rock Radio station on Pandora. Up until that point, I didn’t really put much effort into finding new music to listen to. I was either listening to South Florida’s Number One Classic Rock Station, 98.7 FM - The Gator, or a compilation of greatest hits CDs that my parents had accumulated throughout the years. When I first learned about this thing called indie music, I didn’t really know exactly what the word ‘indie’ meant. I interpreted it to simply mean less well-known, or something along those lines.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 5:12pm

The French-Canadian author Stéphane Larue has worked in the restaurant industry for most of his adult life — he’s now the part-owner of a bar in Montreal. In an interview, he described the progress of his career in the kitchen: “Dishwasher, kitchen helper.

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 6:01pm

I think I heard about Joan Murray via an article in The New Yorker by Dan Chiasson. What jumped out at me was a poem short enough for him to quote in full:

Three mountains high,

O you are a deep and marvelous blue.

It was with my palms

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 5:07pm

This past Monday, after attending Kiley Reid’s book signing at Literati Bookstore and hearing her read from her hit debut novel “Such a Fun Age,” I spent my night reflecting on the nature of art, authorial intent and what I have appreciated so much about my recent reads. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 5:55pm

Trigger warning: This article discusses issues of sexual assault and violations of consent in the media.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 12:51pm

Everyone had distinct experiences in 2019, and The Michigan Daily Book Review has put together the best works it experienced throughout the year. Accounting for the differences in everyone’s 2019 experiences, these works range from novels to poetry collections to graphic novels and come from authors originating from Ohio to Ukraine. Enjoy.

— Andrew Pluta, Daily Book Review Editor


“Deaf Republic” by Ilya Kaminsky

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 4:54pm

Sometimes I find myself dreaming. And I know how that sounds, but I dream about home. So I’m dreaming about Detroit. But the Detroit I know doesn’t exist, and it never has. It’s a rose-colored heat-stroke of the brain and it all comes rushing back to me when I’m away. I get caught up in the fever of past-present-maybe Detroit all at once. Boarded-up houses and wheat line the neighborhood blocks, skyscrapers to the south. Steamy manhole covers and shattered windows. A Model T rolls down Gratiot next to someone carrying a boombox on a BMX bike. Wait for it.

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 5:14pm

Among coming-of-age stories, “Where the World Ends” by Geraldine McCaughrean is a bleak example. Nine boys and three men are stranded on what is essentially a large outcropping of rocks called the Warrior Stac, off the coast of their remote home in the British Isles. 

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 6:10pm

Few musical acts can convincingly claim they influenced the birth of several genres and sounds that transformed from local to global phenomena. Fewer still can straddle the line between relentlessly innovating and experimenting with new sounds and technologies while maintaining pop sensibilities that allow them to sell out stadiums. The Beatles, Kraftwerk and The Velvet Underground all fit this mold, but you may not have heard of the Tokyo-based band Yellow Magic Orchestra, who may be the most influential of them all.