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Flask of the Drunken Master

Like earlier series entries, this one is most likely to interest readers with tastes for political intrigue in 16th-century Japan and red herrings.


The Catherine Wheel: Text Classics

Rich and rewarding.


After the Storm

Castillo (The Dead Will Tell, 2014, etc.) poses another teasing puzzle whose solution is rooted in the past and another look at the secretive Amish lifestyle.


A Comedy & A Tragedy: A Memoir of Learning How to Read and Write

A testimony to the liberating power of art.


Stone Rider

An exciting, action-packed romp that hits a few bumps along the way.


Go Set a Watchman

It’s not To Kill a Mockingbird, yes, but it’s very much worth reading.


The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing "Pollinator" Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity

A practical overview of the untapped potentials of a substantial part of the economy.


Talk

Rosenkrantz captures the psychodrama of all-consuming friendship with an honesty that qualifies as its own kind of boldness.


Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald

A fascinating, delightful, and often heartfelt book.


The Prince of Minor Writers: The Selected Essays of Max Beerbohm

I soon settled in, though, and this book began to deliver deep pleasures. As curmudgeons go, Beerbohm was a gentle and self-effacing one. There are very funny broadsides here against walking, against the cult of children, against writing boring letters and against literary toadyism.


God and Jetfire

“God and Jetfire” is a devastating and beautiful book. The beauty is in the elegant, assured writing and also in the solace that comes from Seek’s recognition that she and Jevn chose wisely, that Jonathan is being raised by extraordinary people.


All This Life: A Novel

Rendered with a colorful intricacy and subversive spirit, “All This Life” shows us San Francisco as it vanishes under the spell of social media. Mohr is a perceptive chronicler of how we live, feel — and avoid feeling — this very minute.


Confession of the Lioness

The book is carefully framed, and the right elements are present for a story that could have given rise to an excellent novel.


The Subprimes

In the end, the book’s wickedly satirical tone morphs, becoming melancholic with hope, and almost poetic, which means that “The Subprimes” doesn’t just amuse — it haunts.


The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers' Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse

Knight is a talented journalist, and there’s enough tumult in these pages to hold the attention of even a casual fan.


Naked Greed

The stakes seem so low throughout this installment, filled with dead ends and dropped stitches, that you can’t help wondering if Woods has set his word processor to auto-type.


The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers' Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse

With acumen, Knight delivers an elegant précis of a baseball team’s season, and you don’t have to be a Dodgers fan to enjoy it.


It's Good to Be Gronk

It may be good to be Gronk; it’s not so great to read Gronk.


Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness

Will satisfy readers attuned to the juncture of history, psychology, and feminism.