'Hotels Of North America' Gets 4 Stars

Rick Moody's new novel takes the form of online travel reviews written by the lonely but oddly eloquent Reginald Morse. Critic Jason Sheehan says it's Moody at his most inventive, playful and biting.

Why Eating Out Alone Doesn't Have To Be Lonely

More Americans are eating alone — at restaurants and at home. Writer Simran Sethi argues in a new book that eating alone can be a courageous act that deepens appreciation of food and place.

The Entire Soviet Union Fits Into 'The Big Green Tent'

Ludmila Ulitskaya's new novel follows three childhood friends in the years after Stalin's death — and the dozens of characters their lives intersect with — in a masterpiece of detail and ambition.

'The Night Clock' Ticks With Wit, Fright And Fantasy

Paul Meloy's debut novel fuses humor, horror and personal experience; it's the story of a 40-something psychiatric nurse who discovers he's a part of a cosmic battle against the forces of nightmare.

'The Pickle Index' Is A Tart, Tangy Multi-Platform Romp

Eli Horowitz's surreal story, told via smartphone app and two separate book editions, follows a sad-sack circus performer who accidentally falls afoul of his oppressive dystopian government.

'Tiffany Girl' Is A Jeweled Window Into The Past

Deeanne Gist's Tiffany Girl blends a charming romance with an overlooked bit of history — the women recruited by Louis Comfort Tiffany to complete his stained glass chapel at the 1893 World's Fair.

'Twain & Stanley' Finds Magic In An Unlikely Friendship

Oscar Hijuelos' posthumously published novel puts fictional flesh on the real-life friendship between Mark Twain and the explorer Henry Morton Stanley. Critic Jason Sheehan calls it a "great tale."

'Tribal' Book Looks At College Football's Rabid Fans

Florida State University Professor Diane Roberts talks about her book "Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America" which examines the communities of rabid fans around college football.

'Dear Mr. You' Is A Lifetime In Letters

Actor Mary-Louise Parker has written a memoir, Dear Mr. You, in the form of letters to important men in her life — among them her beloved father and the accountant who had to tell her she was broke.