The Book Report: Washington Post critic Ron Charles (March 19)

By Washington Submit ebook critic Ron Charles

As you seem for what to examine next this spring, think about a number of titles I’ve enjoyed not long ago:


Random Household

Curtis Sittenfeld’s new novel, “Passionate Comedy” (Random Dwelling) is – surprise! – a passionate comedy.

It can be about a lady named Sally who writes sketches for a Tv display like “Saturday Evening Reside.” She’s established never to drop in like with any person at the studio once more, but then a excellent-on the lookout pop star arrives to host the clearly show, and Sally won’t be able to figure out if this is the serious factor or a punchline.

Go through AN EXCERPT: “Romantic Comedy” by Curtis Sittenfeld

“Intimate Comedy” by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random Dwelling), in Hardcover, Large Print, E book and Audio formats, offered April 4 by way of Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound



Rebecca Makkai’s new novel forces us to think about how stories of murdered females are turned into lurid enjoyment.

“I Have Some Questions for You” (Viking) starts when a well-known podcaster is invited to train at her previous prep university. Arriving again on campus, she starts off to remember the death of her substantial faculty roommate, and the sloppy investigation that despatched a Black guy to prison.

More than 20 years afterwards, could re-analyzing that scenario provide justice, or just additional secret?

Read through AN EXCERPT: “I Have Some Concerns for You” by Rebecca Makkai

“I Have Some Issues for You” by Rebecca Makkai (Viking), in Hardcover, Ebook and Audio formats, obtainable by using Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound


Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“Birnam Wood” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is the 1st novel from Eleanor Catton because she received the Booker Prize in 2013 for “The Luminaries.”

This time close to, Catton has shipped a thriller swirling all over a plot of land in New Zealand. Some radical environmentalists want to use the land for a free of charge vegetable garden, but an American billionaire is stealing a fortune’s really worth of minerals nearby.

Equally get-togethers consider they can use and deceive the other, but the success are a deadly catastrophe.  

Read AN EXCERPT: “Birnam Wood” by Eleanor Catton

“Birnam Wooden” by Eleanor Catton (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), in Hardcover, Significant Print, E book and Audio formats, offered by using Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound



Poets have often spoken their verse aloud, but about 50 many years in the past a selection of voices emerged to make spoken-phrase poetry, a lively new type of expression, celebration and resistance that is attracted hundreds of thousands of lovers.

Joshua Bennett, a single of the genre’s most exciting and knowledgeable writers, offers a large-ranging cultural record of this sort in his new e-book “Spoken Word” (Knopf). It’s a story that can take him from the Obama White Residence to Broadway to road corners and cafés across the state to hear the song of The usa.

Read through AN EXCERPT: “Spoken Term: A Cultural Historical past” by Joshua Bennett

“Spoken Term: A Cultural Heritage” by Joshua Bennett (Knopf), in Hardcover, Big Print, Book and Audio formats, readily available March 28 by means of Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound

For more recommendations on what to study, get hold of your librarian or community bookseller. 

Which is it for the E-book Report. I am Ron Charles. Until finally future time, study on!

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