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The Harder They Come

Boyle worries about the world and its problems so we don’t have to, and he writes it all down.


Depth is also starkly glamorous, telegraphed in clipped prose and sharp dialogue that's as taut as a garrote.

My Struggle: Book 4

His work makes you realize that each and every one of our lives contains rich enough material for a long, daunting book called My Struggle.

Inside the O'Briens: A Novel

This is the type of book that tears one heartstrings and makes one laugh all while making one contemplate just how they would react/act should they ever get a diagnosis similar to Joe’s. It is at once tender, amusing, and sobering.

All Involved

It’s a snapshot of a city in chaos in the early ’90s that still has chilling resonance today.

Kill Chain

“Kill Chain” is a revelatory, must-read account of drones and killing from the air, but does anyone bother to listen to arguments critical of the military establishment and its untouchable bureaucracies?

I Refuse

Petterson’s “I Refuse” provides this kind of elevated reading experience: A seamless emotional alchemy lifts off the page that, in turn, expands a reader’s understanding of the human condition. It is equal parts uncomfortable, exhilarating and memorable.

My Struggle: Book 4

You can’t help but be impressed at Knausgaard’s capacity to hit the ground running and not let up. Sure, there’s plenty to quibble with here, but I’ve never witnessed a man sprint the middle distance of a marathon with such blind terror.

Early Warning: A novel

Smiley poses large questions and offers powerful insights. Are human beings essentially good? Can we survive our childhood? Is it possible to feel gratitude and relief in our mediocre lives?

On the Move: A Life

As he proves again in his latest (and perhaps final) book, it’s his keen attentiveness as a listener and observer, and his insatiable curiosity, that makes his work so powerful.

Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe

So while Black Sabbath: Symptom Of The Universe may be the story of an influential band from Birmingham that never quite found its footing in achieving unbridled superstardom, it is a memorable tale nonetheless.


This book is an example of the vivid yet economical writing found in Stead’s earlier novels. Although the book is short, he never rushes.

No One Gets Out Alive

A macabre, otherworldly tale of a young woman "swallowed whole and alive by the horror that refused to be sated."

Your Next Breath

Even die-hard Johansen fans will find disappointment between the covers of this white-hot mess of a book.

Madam President: A Novel

The balance is off here, Wallace’s comic gifts wasted. What felt frothy and fun in the first books turn leaden when a national tragedy is less important than who slept with or back-stabbed whom.

Gathering Prey

Fast, proficient, and utterly forgettable. Lucas’ wife, Weather, says it best when she tells her husband: “Don’t get shot; it’d be really inconvenient for everybody.”

The Last Bookaneer: A Novel

Pearl is a smooth writer whose adoption of the ambling pace, digressions, and melodrama of an earlier literary era may not suit today’s instant gratifiers, but he offers many of the charms and unrushed distractions of a favorite old bookstore.

Went the Day Well?: Witnessing Waterloo

A historical tour de force—a fascinating panorama of Great Britain during the summer of Waterloo.

The Dead Lands: A Novel

Benjamin Percy has added his own post-apocalyptic narrative to the mix --- and his The Dead Lands might be among the most provocative and frightening examples of the genre yet.