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In the Light of What We Know

Beautifully written evidence that some of the most interesting writing in English is coming from the edges of old empires.


Updike

This is a generous tribute to an amusing and brilliant man but, ultimately, there just isn’t much incident. Not all great writers merit a big biography.


Earth Star

Earth Star is another captivating and wonderful entry in Jarra’s ongoing story.


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel

It conquers its readers not through exaggerated drama or nail-biting suspense but gently, through its clean imagery and undemanding narrative.


Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything

For the agnostic reader, the purported climax of the book is nothing special – she allows that scientific rigour can co-exist with mysticism.


The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

The Boom is a thoughtful, well-written and carefully researched book that provides the best overview yet of the pros and cons of fracking.


Wake: A Novel

Wake is a good fictional introduction to an aspect of the First World War.


Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything

Barbara Ehrenreich has made a career of bravely paying attention where others fear to tread. "Living With a Wild God" is no different; and for that we should all be grateful.


All Our Names

No Book but the World: A Novel

She excels at untangling emotional knots, especially those found in families.


Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

Even Grandma can read "Flash Boys," understand it and be entertained by it. No wonder there's such a push to discredit Lewis' latest hit on Wall Street.


Can't and Won't

"Can't and Won't" holds up to Davis' former works, maintaining a level of tragic comedy, introspection and poetry expected from her followers.


Saint Monkey: A Novel

In Townsend’s hands, virtue and innocence were only a veil that needed to fall away so the girls might see themselves, and their chosen course, more clearly.


No Book but the World: A Novel

A perceptive, empathetic and often emotionally gripping new novel.


Three Brothers: A Novel

You can just imagine what those Oxbridge backbiters would have made of this slight and perfunctory effort from one of England’s literary heavyweights.


Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes

In “Neanderthal Man” Paabo offers a fascinating account of the three decades of research that led from a secret hobby to a scientific milestone.


The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

The book ranges widely around the globe, far back in history and across academic disciplines.


The Wives of Los Alamos: A Novel

In the hands of a less certain writer, the narrative style might become grating, but Nesbit pulls it off with impressive control.


Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914-1918

The small details make these notebooks come alive.