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Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

A potent journey of depression that effectively testifies to unbearable pain and the consolation of literature.


Autumn: A Novel

Smith’s writing is light and playful, deceptively simple, skipping along like a stone on the surface of a lake, brimming with humanity and bending, despite everything, toward hope.


The One Inside: A novel

“The One Inside” may be a minor Shepard work, but it provides a sharp-edged distillation of the themes that have preoccupied him throughout his career,


The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

While Williams does a thorough job of rounding up the science behind the benefits of the wild, her narrative is most effective when she evokes art and metaphor.


The Refugees

Given his fond memories of the past and his obliviousness to the present, the confused professor comes across as one of the least troubled characters in Nguyen’s quietly profound peek into the lives of Vietnam’s deracinated and dispossessed.


Age of Anger

With powerful and worrisome insights into history, Pankaj Mishra has clarified our present. The future is up to us.


All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel

All quibbles aside, the mechanics of this time-travelling adventure do lead to some fascinating insights.


Universal Harvester

Universal Harvester warns that the art you make may not matter to anyone but you. The story you tell may not be heard. Your grief may go unheralded.


Shadowbahn

Shadowbahn isn't the novel we deserve, it is the novel we need. The novel we need to Save American From Itself.


Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

Lincoln in the Bardo may not be what you would describe as a read-in-one-sitting kind of novel, but it will stick with you long after you've finished it.


A Darkness Absolute

A dark, creepy story.


Age of Anger
Kirkus Reviews : Age of Anger (February 07, 2017)

A probing, well-informed investigation of global unrest calling for “truly transformative thinking” about humanity’s future.


The One Inside: A novel

Cheerless but atmospheric and precisely observed, very much of a piece with Shepard’s other work.


My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir
Kirkus Reviews : My Utmost (February 10, 2017)

A fine core soured by the writer’s own story.


August Snow
Kirkus Reviews : August Snow (February 14, 2017)

This mostly terrific debut holds out the promise that we are at the beginning of an excellent new series.


A Divided Spy
Kirkus Reviews : A Divided Spy (February 14, 2017)

The prolific Cumming insufficiently preps the reader on the hero’s back story but writes with ruefully brittle intelligence and keeps the twists coming.


Where the Lost Girls Go: A Laura Mori Mystery

Ham-fisted—in both the pointedly ethnic characterizations and the clearly obvious identity of the murderer—and eminently forgettable.


Among the Ruins
Kirkus Reviews : Among the Ruins (February 20, 2017)

A lyrically written look into a country many think of as war-torn and bleak reveals many sides to the place and its people.


The Last Night at Tremore Beach: A Novel

A sadly squandered setting and a protagonist who’s more abrasive than empathetic make for a lackluster story of things, real or imaginary, that go bump in the night.


Rise: How a House Built a Family

One suspects that practiced writer Brookins knew that interjecting Adam’s mad forays into the mix, far from distracting, would make the final completion of Inkwell Manor seem all that much more heroic --- and she was correct in that assessment.