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About Greg

In life, as in literature, Greg Zimmerman enjoys a nice mix of the high- and the low-brow. He writes (and uses too-frequent parentheticals) about books at his blog, The New Dork Review of Books. He's also a contributing editor at Book Riot. Greg's day job is as a trade magazine editor, and when he's not doing that, reading, tweeting for @RoscoeBooks, or selling books (which isn't often), he's watching baseball or college basketball. Greg grew up in Ohio, has a BA in Writing Intensive English from Marquette University, and now, of course, lives (for the past 8 years) in Chicago (specifically Roscoe Village) with his wife and two dachshunds named Baxter and Yoshi.

Greg and Erika Read…A Separation, by Katie Kitamura

A Separation, a new novel by Katie Kitamura out this week, is an incredibly well-written, “introspective thriller” about a failed marriage. Erika and I both loved it! Erika made it her pick of the week this week. She says: With … Continue reading

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RoscoeBooks’ Favorite Immigrant Novels

One modest sliver of silver lining to the divisive state of our current politics is that many great backlist novels are getting second looks. Sure, that’s true for dystopian tomes like 1984 and Brave New World. But it’s also true … Continue reading

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RoscoeBooks Best Books of 2016

What a year in books! Perhaps most notably, J.K. Rowling delivered a new (well, sort of) Harry Potter story. Veterans like Jonathan Safran Foer and Zadie Smith published again for the first time in a more than a decade. And … Continue reading

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Greg Reads…THE NIX: Utterly Spectacular

Wow. The Nix, by Nathan Hill, is really spectacular β€” about as engaging, spell-bindingly readable, smart, and funny as fiction gets. This is the Franzen novel to read if you don’t like Franzen the man β€” expansive, modern, political, and … Continue reading

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RoscoeBooks Picks the Best of 2016…So Far

From heartbreaking memoirs to historical YA to Chipotle-like sci-fi (that’ll make sense if you read on, I promise!), our favorite books of 2016 are all over the place. But that’s a good thing! Here’s our list of the best things … Continue reading

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Greg Reads…Lily and the Octopus: Calling All Dog Lovers!

This is a tough one β€” how do I, in good conscience, recommend this novel, Lily and the Octopus, by Steven Rowley, which is about a dog with brain cancer? Especially considering that the dog is a dachshund. Especially considering … Continue reading

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Greg Reads…Dexter Palmer’s VERSION CONTROL

Every year, there’s at least one novel that catches me unawares for how much I love, and for which I wind up being an un-shut-up-able evangelist. This year, that novel is Dexter Palmer’s fantastic, fiercely smart, mind-bendingly fun novel, Version … Continue reading

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