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Her Body and Other Parties

Machado’s skill here is to bring out what these communal stories share, exploring their deep roots in women’s experience over centuries and the way they run together “like raindrops in a pond”.


The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State

“The Last Girl” is also a primer on the ancient Yazidi faith that sustains Murad throughout her ordeal: its creation myths, visions of the afterlife and idiosyncratic customs.


The Job of the Wasp: A Novel

Despite its many influences, Winnette’s book, however, is its own unique, surreal thing, related in a distinctive voice, by turns funny and spooky, even if its ultimate meaning remains elusive.


The Job of the Wasp: A Novel

Despite its many influences, Winnette’s book, however, is its own unique, surreal thing, related in a distinctive voice, by turns funny and spooky, even if its ultimate meaning remains elusive.


Winter: A Novel

“Winter” gives the patient reader a colorful, witty — yes, warming — divertissement. But for me the global alarms and laments, while utterly accurate, are so numerous that the whole structure finally seems more a billboard for Smith’s passionate concerns about the fate of us all.


Trumpocracy

“Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,” by respected conservative author David Frum, offers a persuasive and detailed account of how Trump is undermining American institutions, including the presidency itself.


King Zeno

Rich delivers what the structure promises — that is the good news and the bad.


The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories

These stories drift, but Johnson finesses his way through them, his prose vernacular and elevated at the same time.


Grist Mill Road

In the end, Grist Mill Road is a story about how no terrible thing happens in a vacuum.


This Could Hurt

This Could Hurt is far more tender than caustic.


The Good People

This is mankind at its most raw, scraped bare by need and grief.


Immortal Life: A Soon To Be True Story

In attempting to scorn certain trends, the story goes too far into the incredulous making it ineffective at the very thing it was trying to do.


Strangers in Budapest: A Novel

A novel that I cannot say I enjoyed in any way.


Into the Drowning Deep

Mira Grant knows how to write a horror story and with Into the Drowning Deep she shows off her talent to do so.


Artemis: A Novel

That the two coincide within one novel makes Artemis a novel that is doubly disappointing.


Close to Me

When you get right down to it, Close to Me is one of those novels you sort of enjoy at the time of reading but does not hold up under the most rudimentary of scrutiny.


Everless
That's What She Read : Everless (January 02, 2018)

My expectation is that Ms. Holland will feel more comfortable breaking free of such commonalities for her next novel and will provide us with a sequel that is more nuanced and weightier and a heroine who is stronger than in Everless, which means I can’t wait to see what she can really do.