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This New Noise

Higgins’s informative, educational and entertaining book makes a powerful contribution.


Being Nixon: A Man Divided

Despite its jumpiness “Being Nixon” makes its way through the inevitable stops on this long, oft-described and still fascinating journey


Summerlong

Bakopoulos has created characters so alive, you swear the pages are breathing.


Loving Day: A Novel

Johnson is an immensely talented writer, and “Loving Day,” which he has described as his “coming out as a mulatto,” is an enjoyable novel that could have been a sensational short story.


The Book of Aron: A novel

The Book of Aron is his best novel yet, a short and moving masterpiece.


My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past

A stronger thematic focus and a steadier progression through Teege’s story may have given this book greater cohesion, thereby allowing the reader to become more immersed in it.


The Green Road: A Novel

Enright has written an extraordinary novel, one not to be missed. The transformative power of art — poetry, theater, and painting — serves as a motif throughout the book.


The Fishermen: A Novel

The Fishermen is a commendable debut, one which lingers long after the last words are read.


Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

Thomas Kunkel has compiled a profile which should help create a renewed appreciation for the work of a very fine writer. Joe Mitchell might be ambivalent about the probing, but he would likely be pleased with the attention and empathy.


Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

I probably missed the real story back in 1974. But I'll give myself a pass because I was a kid. I don't have that excuse today. Neither do any of us. And for that, we have Bryan Burrough and Days of Rage to thank.


Pleasantville

Pleasantville seems ripped from the headlines amid a very public discussion of race, criminal justice, and the slow demise of the American dream, but it would be a quality book regardless.


Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn't Work without a Strong Middle Class

Hollowed Out posits that, through intentional and pragmatic policies, the middle class can reassume its position as the driving force and engine of development it was in post-World War II America.


The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor

Well, we can demand all we like, and some of us can dig deep into our wallets to pay for that honest chicken and streaked tomato, but all the demanding in the world doesn't do squat about our two biggest problems: too many people, not enough farmland.


The Dig

Set in rural Wales, the story is exciting and animalistic, with nary a wasted scene or flashback, nor a word that doesn’t carry its weight.


Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

Blackout is an enthralling interrogation of a life. Even the most banal moments are beautiful, elevated, and resonate across the human experience.


A Woman Without a Country: Poems

A Woman Without a Country helps us cut losses, helps us build on what language and memory we still have.


Three Kinds of Motion: Kerouac, Pollock, and the Making of American Highways

The book revolves around motion, but it’s also a meditation on stillness.