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Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die

Overall, Raven Rock is a satisfying read, especially for a student of U.S. governmental history.


What We Lose: A Novel

With a subject that has been written about so often, What We Lose innovates the story of grief. The novel is equal parts a story of love, a poem of vulnerability, and an examination of feeling.


Knots

Endings matter a lot in short fiction, but all Øyehaug—who has found some success as a poet and prose writer in Norway—has to offer are beginnings.


Devil's Call

Ultimately, Devil's Call is an outstanding debut because it brings revenge, motherhood, cruelty, and humor together in a unique way.


Blame
Kirkus Reviews : Blame (July 19, 2017)

The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel.


The Smack: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : The Smack (July 19, 2017)

In this breezy page-turner, Lange shows off his uncommon ability to combine toughness and tenderness.


Armistice: The Hot War

Though there are a few historical missteps, readers who savor the patient accumulation of detail around each scenario will by now be thoroughly addicted.


A Distant View of Everything: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (11)

“I have a tendency, I’m afraid, to think at a bit of a tangent,” the heroine confesses. Like-minded readers will fasten onto her latest plot-seasoned ruminations as manna from heaven.


The Library of Light and Shadow: A Novel

Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.


Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Life and Times of a War Correspondent Turned Ambassatrix

What could have been another average cathartic memoir becomes a page-turner thanks to lucid writing and thrilling storytelling.


The Body in the Clouds: A Novel

A finely woven tapestry of poetic language and subtle symbols, intertwined dreams, hopes, and visions, and a sense of seeing through cracks—perhaps to an eternity where time is no more and all is known. Thought-provoking.


Beautiful Animals: A Novel

A rich, disturbing, and compelling read.


Where the Light Falls: A Novel of the French Revolution

What I truly enjoyed about this story is the perspective. While the Revolution looms large, it’s about the people fighting for a better country, for its citizens, for its future.


What We Lose: A Novel
Bookreporter : What We Lose (July 15, 2017)

It’s a quick read, and for all its heavy subject matter, please don’t think it will weigh you down. Clemmons has managed to confront these complex issues and explore them with grace and understanding.


The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives

Jesse Eisinger has written an exhaustive contemporary history of how our criminal justice system is failing our nation. Eventually the tide will turn, and we can only hope that those who have little respect for the law will be punished for their conduct.


The Lighthouse

Complex and thrilling, this meditation on the past is a gripping story of betrayal and its lingering effects.


The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo

You will read longer books than The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo this year, but you will encounter few with characters, situations and prose that will stay with you the way that Frank, Silas and Lena, and their interactions, do from first page to last.


Made for Love

Made for Love has a deviant instinct that make it initially captivating — but it doesn't do the necessary other work of a good novel.


Queen of Bebop

Queen of Bebop explores the hard choices of many a jazz singer when rock 'n roll began stealing audience focus, relying on a variety of performers to shed light on Vaughan's mindset.