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The Huntress: The Adventures, Escapades, and Triumphs of Alicia Patterson: Aviatrix, Sportswoman, Journalist, Publisher

The heyday of print journalism may be long gone, but thanks to this rollicking biography, the path-breaking Alicia Patterson will continue to inspire another generation of newshounds.


A Truck Full of Money: One Man's Quest to Recover from Great Success

“A Truck Full of Money” gives us a sensitive and vivid portrayal of bipolar disorder, often capturing English’s manic stages in long, colorful quotes that careen riotously from topic to topic.


Carousel Court: A Novel

The California fires cool, and so do the pages. Characters slow down, reflect and gradually reveal new depth as they struggle toward an ending full of resilience and — dare they imagine — hope.


When Watched: Stories

“When Watched,” Leopoldine Core’s first collection of short stories, dwells in the realm of the sparkling mundane, the type of human matter that is invitingly recognizable, the type of matter that you yourself have participated in or observed.


Liberty Street: A Novel

Warren’s crisp, evocative and controlled prose allows the highly charged emotions of her characters space to breathe.


Razor Girl: A novel

The farce machinery of Hiaasen’s fiction is, as always, fearsomely elaborate, and a good part of the pleasure of “Razor Girl” is in the casual, no-sweat way he sets it all up.


Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why

Doyle reminds us that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge women in terms of degrading ­stereotypes or unrealistic expectations.


The Nix: A novel

This is a book to get one excited not only about Hill and his future as a novelist, but also about the power of writing to blot out background-noise banality and vault us forward into the new and wondrous.


Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids

Baker is sparing us the darker truth that makes “Substitute” necessary today. You see, according to Wikipedia, there was not one school shooting in America during the three months when Nicholson Baker posed as a teacher.
There were 10.


The Art of Waiting

Her beautifully written, contemplative book — which blends memoir, journalism and cultural history — is about much more than her own costly and high-tech path to parenthood.


The Accidental Life: An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers

Editing success is all in the mix, McDonell writes, and the mix he achieves in “The Accidental Life” is just so.


Commonwealth

With “Commonwealth,” Patchett covers so much ground and throws in so many engrossing details about Franny, Albie et al, that it’s quite enjoyable just to kick up your feet and go along for the ride.


A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

Lovely ruminations on the tragicomedies of human endeavor, politics, love, ethics, and art enrich “A Gentleman in Moscow,” as do many terrific riffs about the operatic nature of Russian character (and inextricably, the course of its history).


Shelter in Place: A Novel

Maksik’s writing has the strange, dangerous gleam of madness, as Joe pivots from normality to mental illness, a state of “thick tar inching through my body” along with “a blue-black bird, its talons piercing my lungs.”


I Am No One: A Novel

Whether we share the protagonist’s growing alarm about the erosion of Internet privacy or not, by planting us so firmly inside O’Keefe’s exacting deliberations, the novel ensnares us in its noir-like web of anxiety.


His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt

It is a tale well-told.


Soul at the White Heat

Though there’s not space here to cite countless remarkable passages, I will settle for praising the consistent enlightenment and generous companionship of Oates’ critical vision: never sacrificing complexity, relentless, acute, compassionate.


The Ballroom: A Novel

As with Hope’s highly acclaimed debut novel, Wake, the writing is elegant and insightful; she writes beautifully about human emotion, landscape and weather.


Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings

Rampage Nation, then, portrays mass shootings through compelling research and by effectively connecting the reader to victims of mass shootings, their deaths, and their trauma.