Late at night after the presidential election, I got up, turned on my light and took out my copy of ‘Swamplandia,’ by Karen Russell.

The frustration is palpable in her acerbic writing; she doesn’t coat her words.

Whitehead stares unflinchingly into the past, reaching in and pulling out the stories which we most need to hear, the ones we often pretend we don’t see right in front of us.

Could the scientific nature of New Criticism have a place in today’s literary world?

“Sleeping of Jupiter” is first and foremost a book about women.

“The Wonder,” like “Room” or “Slammerkin,” is impossible to put down.

Baseball in our current cultural landscape means something much different than what it means on the page.

Before it was even published, “The Nix” had been compared to works by several groundbreaking novelists including, but not limited to, John Irving and Charles Dickens. And “The Nix” is Hill’s first novel.

Ferrante’s description of the female experience creates an intimacy with the author so vivid that the reader feels like they know her, or that she knows them.

It’s not too late to pick up a short summer read. And if you’re a fan of profiles on eccentric historical figures, this is certainly the book for you.