Summer Reading 2016 – Literary Journeys

Summer Reading 2016 – Literary Journeys

This year in our annual Summer Reading feature, our writers recommend favorite books that take us on journeys – through time, around the world, or just out of ourselves.

Summer Reading 2016 Continues

Summer Reading 2016 Continues

Part II of our Summer Reading feature brings more books about exploration and travel.

Twilight Cowboys

Twilight Cowboys

Once upon a time, Westerns were a staple of American fiction. Now they’ve all but disappeared. Zach Rabiroff asks why cowboys rode off into the sunset.

Fresh Fellow Travelers

Fresh Fellow Travelers

Coyotes have successfully infiltrated almost every niche of the American landscape and folklore. Justin Hickey tours Coyote America by Dan Flores.

At Play with Clay

At Play with Clay

Ever since Mary Shelley wrote her weird masterpiece two centuries ago, it’s been impossible to keep a good monster down. In the Shadow of Frankenstein gives readers two dozen pastiches that keep the Creature alive.

So Much Bastard Beauty

So Much Bastard Beauty

A lovely rural landscape is seen throught urban-trained eyes in Ada Limon’s poetry collection Bright Dead Things. David Nilson reviews.

The Ground Beneath Their Feet

The Ground Beneath Their Feet

The promise and the limits of the Arab Spring receive some well-written – and necessarily sobering – reporting in Robert Worth’s A Rage for Order. Greg Waldmann reviews.

Out of Some Bygone Era

Out of Some Bygone Era

Master stylist Donald Ray Pollock returns in a violent, beautifullly-written novel about three brothers on a murderous rampage. Aaron Botwick reviews The Heavenly Table

It’s a Mystery: “Dead is always a good alibi”

It’s a Mystery: “Dead is always a good alibi”

A mystery debut featuring a “human bloodhound” and a veteran author’s latest featuring a dogged Frenchman split the billing in Irma Heldman’s latest column.

From the Archives: Noble Rot

From the Archives: Noble Rot

Horror fiction may not at first compare with more respectable genres, but look a bit closer. Horror is one of the oldest emotions known to man, and the artists who’ve evoked it have been some of our most brilliant and most strange …

From the Archives: Summer Reading 2012

From the Archives: Summer Reading 2012

As the haze and heat of summer kick into full swing, the folk of Open Letters break out their annual Summer Reading recommendations!

From the Archives: Summer Reading 2015 – Cool Reads

From the Archives: Summer Reading 2015 – Cool Reads

This year the staff and contributors of Open Letters Monthly recommend their summer reads with an unusual theme: the cold.