Fiction: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

January 19, 2018 Tony Buchsbaum 0

In Chloe Benjamin’s luminous new novel, The Immortalists (Putnam), four siblings, all children, seek out a woman who, they’ve heard, can tell each of them the day they will die. Not how, but when. A casual few words: a month, a day, and a year. They’re given a glimpse around a corner and then go on with their lives, not oblivious exactly, but not unaffected by the information either. The year is 1969. The nation […]

SF/F: Dark Matter  by Blake Crouch

July 22, 2016 Tony Buchsbaum 1

You’ve Never Read Anything Like Dark Matter. There. I said it. The new novel by Blake Crouch, is a terrifying, enthralling, lightning-fast, brilliant book. You have no idea how much I want to write about it. I want to tell you everything about it, but that would spoil everything, and that would be very, very bad. Because Dark Matter is the kind of book you want to know absolutely nothing about. Further, to get the […]

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New Fiction: The House of Secrets
by Brad Meltzer

June 14, 2016 Tony Buchsbaum 0

Brad Meltzer’s new thriller, written with Tod Goldberg, is called The House of Secrets (Grand Central). The title comes from the name of a television program in which the host, Jack Nash, debunks mysteries. (It’s a lot like the author’s own show, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded.) Beyond that, “house of secrets” also refers to the life Jack built outside the TV show, one in which his kids learned to deal with a celebrity dad who was known […]

Fiction: The City of Mirrors  by Justin Cronin

May 20, 2016 Tony Buchsbaum 0

Six Junes ago, I read Justin Cronin’s post-apocalyptic thriller, The Passage, and I was blown away. During my read I was amazed by the sheer volume of events and ideas he could write about, as well as how well he could do it. The story had a large cast of characters and it jumps back and forth in time, right up to the edge of confusion, yet he manages to keep all the balls in […]

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Book Expo 2016: Day 2

May 13, 2016 Tony Buchsbaum 1

by Tony Buchsbaum Things got much more crowded — and much more musical — on day two of Book Expo 2016. There were stacks of books everywhere and more authors than you could easily count. There was an even a mini-concert: Kenny Loggins performed two songs in the Quarto booth to announce his debut children’s book, Footloose. I didn’t get look at the book, but Loggins was terrific. He sang a version of his big hit “Footloose” with […]

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Book Expo 2016: Day 1

May 12, 2016 Tony Buchsbaum 0

by Tony Buchsbaum I think of it as book publishing’s running of the bulls. Thousands of people — booksellers, assorted book professionals, and press — gather in quasi-defined lines, crowds really (okay, hordes), hearts aflutter, as the minutes count down to the opening of Book Expo, North America’s biggest book-publishing trade show. There’s a great anticipation as people crane to see beyond the barricades to the publishers’ booths, where all manner of books are stacked up and waiting […]

Non-fiction: True Style: The History and Principles of Classic Menswear

January 3, 2016 Tony Buchsbaum 0

If I were going to sit down and write a book about the history of men’s fashion, I wouldn’t put the chapters in alphabetical order. Because then I’d have to start with a chapter about ascots, which very few men actually wear today. And yet that’s what True Style (Basic Books) does. Alphabetically ordered chapters, with ascot first and weather gear last. Call me crazy, but are ascots what men want to read about? I mean, […]

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Art & Culture: Holiday Bonding

December 21, 2015 Tony Buchsbaum 0

It’s inevitable, really. Every 007 movie brings forth new books about the Bond phenomenon. Some are updated versions of older books, some are new. But they appear as part of the vast Bond marketing machine that hasn’t stopped since the early 1960s. This fall’s release of Spectre, the 24th film in the series, saw its share. Here’s a look at three. The best by far is The James Bond Archives (Taschen). Created with the full cooperation […]

Non-Fiction: Can I Go Now?: The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s First Superagent
by Brian Kellow

December 9, 2015 Tony Buchsbaum 0

We all know the names of superstars. We all know the names of supermodels. But do we, any of us, know the names of any superagents, much less the first one? Maybe we know Michael Ovitz because he made so much news as his ship sank. Anyone else? If you were into the making of movies in the 1970s, you know who Sue Mengers was. In her own way, she was as big a star as the […]

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Fiction: The Fall of Princes  and
Did You Ever Have a Family

September 21, 2015 Tony Buchsbaum 3

The word “decade” starts the word “decadence,” and while that’s only a twist of linguistic fate, at no time was that more apt a pairing of words than the 1980s, a period when excess was the way of the day, when too much was not only not enough but just the beginning. Further, in the 80s there was perhaps nowhere on earth that excess was more on garish display than on Wall Street and in […]