Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff finishes his "American Odd" essay series with a look at Gilbert Sorrentino's bawdy Postmodern takedown of the countercultural era, the "Pack of Lies" trilogy. Posted on by Karl Wolff
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Lee Irby's "Unreliable," great as a clever character-based dramedy in the tradition of Richard Russo or Michael Chabon, but disappointing as the crime thriller Doubleday is advertising it as. Posted on by Jason Pettus
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Dean Swinford's Death Metal Epic, Book 2, a continuation of his delightful coming-of-age saga about a Florida teen in the '90s and his misadventures in the Northern European metal community. Posted on by Jason Pettus
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Steve Wiley's "The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan," a delightful urban-fantasy novel about a secret hidden history of our city, including an underwater "lavender line" el train traveling through a submerged "east side" of the city. Posted on by Jason Pettus
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus looks back at Roz Chast's 1994 memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a funny yet painful look at the trials and tribulations of caring for the elderly at the end of their lives. Posted on by Jason Pettus
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Robert Kroese's "The Big Sheep," a humorous bizarro sci-fi "metaphysical detective" tale that will remind many of the Dirk Gently novels, but in the best way possible.
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