The A.V. Club’s favorite books of 2017

Something about this year made reading books feel not just crucial, but a little bit transgressive. Maybe it’s the assault on education and freedom of the press, or maybe it’s just that between reading new reports of abusive men and Trump’s latest attempt to chokehold the nation, simply reading for pleasure feels…

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The Taming Of The Shrew retelling Vinegar Girl could use more of the original’s bite

Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl is a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew, the latest in the Hogarth Shakespeare series in which contemporary novelists adapt the Bard’s plays for a 21st century audience. So it’s likely you already know the basic plot of the book—whether from reading the original play or seeing…

In Navel Gazing, Michael Ian Black takes a hard look at the middle-aged body, and laughs

Who wants to read a book that examines someone’s belly button lint? If it’s Michael Ian Black’s—whether or not you’ve seen his Stella or The State or read My Custom Van or You’re Not Doing It Right—your answer should be “I do.” The book’s full title—Navel Gazing: True Tales Of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom’s,

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…

The latest adaptation of Frankenstein fails to bring the original creature to life

The movie Victor Frankenstein opens with the line “You know the story.” But do you? Mary Shelley’s novel has been adapted so many times that the real story, the novel published in 1818, feels like it’s become almost as much of a myth as its monster. The popular book was made into a theater production in 1823, and the…

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