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Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

In these pages, Mr. Tye conscientiously strips away the accretions of myth that have come to surround Robert F. Kennedy, while at the same time creating a sympathetic portrait of this complex, searching man — a genuine pilgrim and a hard-nosed politician, a fierce romantic dedicated to “the art of the possible.”


An Abbreviated Life

It is about understanding and recovery, and about looking back in order to take the first step forward.


The Veins of the Ocean: A Novel

“The Veins of the Ocean” is its own willing plunge into deeper, darker realms.


Pond

“Pond” makes the case for Bennett as an innovative writer of real talent.


How to Set a Fire and Why: A Novel

It may be Ball’s deliberate strategy to make us watch his story drift away into a fog of vague language, but it also fails to bring out what is most memorable about one of his most vivid and engaging characters, Lucia Stanton.


Miss Jane: A Novel

The complexity and drama of Watson’s gorgeous work here is life’s as well: Sometimes physical realities expand us, sometimes trap; sometimes heroism lies in combating our helplessness, sometimes in accepting it.


Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt

El Rashidi offers a sharply perceptive and judiciously accurate portrait of Egypt’s complex culture.


The Latter Days: A Memoir

“The Latter Days” is clean, strong and deep, a raging river of a story that its author carried until she couldn’t hold it back. It is an arrow straight from Mormon country, from the Mountain West and from the heart.


Heroes of the Frontier

In the abrupt end, Eggers stops us short, giving us a shaggy dog story that starts to give you its paw and then seems to think the better of it.


Pond

She’s diffused our often confusing and chaotic world into something more manageable, yet all the while making itty-bitty molehills into mountains.


Losing It: A Novel

Rathbone’s accuracy is what makes her so funny; it’s her grace as a writer that elevates this book from a series of comedic one-liners to art.


Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country

Brazillionaires is a welcome addition to the very sparse canon of good books about Brazil.


Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

A fast-paced novel set in Victorian England that has every human foible and emotion on display.... [M]ost readers won’t begrudge the satisfying conclusion to an absorbing story.


Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life

What’s remarkable about WEAR AND TEAR is its compassion.... Forget that I know and adore Tracy Tynan. I can’t praise this book enough.


The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

Thus we also get a fine-grained history of the region and of related developments in the two countries, as well as illuminating surveys of the complex social, economic, demographic and — inevitably — racial issues that affected black and white Americans and their Mexican neighbors.


The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine

The vast majority of “The Way to the Spring” is made up of much more solid reporting. Ehrenreich proves to be the kind of tough-minded yet searching writer we need to help us understand this intractable divide, and the people shaped by it.


Bucky F*cking Dent

You never stop thinking that this book was supposed to be something else, that it was shoe-horned into a novel.


Enchanted Islands: A Novel

The novel’s evocative language and robust pacing turn this improbable story into a fascinating rumination on identity, friendship and love.