Franz Nicolay’s Humorless Ladies is a travelogue that needs more character

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I became a professional traveler. It said “musician” on my tax returns, but if you drew a bar graph illustrating how I spent my years, “music” would be a matchbox, and “travel” and “waiting” twin towers. My old friends still saw one another, met for drinks, fell in and out of love—they just did it without me. And my…

The best books of 2016 so far: The A.V. Club’s catch-up guide

Avid readers will always have more books on their shelves than time to read them, and staying contemporary can be a challenge for even the most dedicated bibliophile. 2016 has provided a bounty of riches for the literary-minded, from cinematic mysteries to progressive memoirs to a book bringing burger puns to life.…

From 17 to 55 years, authors took their time with these long-awaited book sequels

When Richard Russo published Everybody’s Fool last week, he joined the club of authors who waited more than a decade before publishing a sequel. Whether this group took their time creating a rich fantasy world (like J.R.R. Tolkien), checking in with characters to study the passage of time (à la Harper Lee), or for no…

The A.V. Club’s gift guide for procrastinators

Your advent calendar is almost emptied of chocolate, family time looms, and you still don’t have presents for everyone on your list. It’s too late to order that super-thoughtful present you couldn’t come up with, but never fear: Books and comics can make for a nice, personal present, assuming you’ve still got a…

Our favorite books of the year

After a stellar year for the written word, The A.V. Club provides some of our favorite books for your consideration as you buy, borrow, or download your next read. Besides some flops and disappointments—the less said about Go Set A Watchman, the better—2015’s output showcases some surprisingly awesome celebrity-penned…