Book Review

On Books: 'I Hate The Internet' By Jarett Kobek

Mar 2, 2017
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Already in its title, Jarett Kobek's 2016 novel is as cynical as it is true. I Hate the Internet is a book trying to come to terms with contemporary culture and our fascination with the digital world in particular, in a rant that is both glorifying and amusing. There could not be a more accurate description of our own love–hate relationship with the digital age.

On Books: 'A Box Of Matches' By Nicholson Baker

Feb 2, 2017
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2017 is here and with it comes new resolutions, new tasks, and new routines. It is often in these first weeks of the new year that we like to take stock of our lives – reflecting, contemplating, measuring. Nicholson Baker's A Box of Matches is such a self-study: it observes life up close, without ever leaving the comfort of its narrator's own home.

On Books: 'Wild Pork And Watercress' By Barry Crump

Nov 17, 2016
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Taika Waititi's 2016 film Hunt for the Wilderpeople has been an astonishing success from the other side of the world. Already now it is celebrated in New Zealand as the most successful movie of all times. And while it certainly is an amusing adventure well-worth watching, the 1986 novel by Barry Crump that it is based upon is no less entertaining: Wild Pork and Watercress is the story of two outsiders that find another through the overwhelming nature of New Zealand.

On Books: 'All Over Creation' By Ruth Ozeki

Oct 26, 2016
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Now that fall has finally arrived in Berlin and harvest season is in full swing, Ruth Ozeki's All Over Creation seems to fit the mood just right. In the center of the story novel is Yumi, who returns to her parents' potato farm in Idaho – the heart of the industry.

On Books: 'The Outrun' By Amy Liptrot

Sep 15, 2016
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On Books is a new literature review series by NPR Berlin made possible in part by Shakespeare & Sons. This review will air on NPR Berlin 104,1 FM during Morning Edition on Friday, September 16th at 11:49 AM.