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The Last Chicago Boss

The Last Chicago Boss had enough to leave me with the feeling that I’ve had a glimpse at what the boys from Lord of the Flies might have been like all grown up.


Fasting and Feasting

He’s created a fully formed character in these pages, honoring not only her brilliance but the rough edges that made her human.


Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook

She has had so much to say about how the rest of us ought to eat that it’s been easy to assume that she always had a master plan to transform the American diet nailed to the wall of Chez Panisse, like Luther’s 95 Theses but with mesclun and goat cheese. In “Coming to My Senses,” she’s eager to show us that it wasn’t like that at all


An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic

At the same time, he’s written a book that’s accessible to nearly any curious reader. In her memoir “Slow Days, Fast Company,” Eve Babitz remarks that “early in life I discovered that the way to approach anything was to be introduced by the right person.” For Homer, that person is Daniel Mendelsohn, and this blood-warm book.


What Happened

Despite Clinton’s appeal for sympathy, it’s Trump that her book made me feel momentarily sorry for.


What Happened

Clinton’s memoir surely won’t be the end of parsing what happened in 2016. But one thing is certain: what happens next will be up to somebody else.


A Disappearance in Damascus

But even for those who don't have a personal connection to the Syrian story, Disappearance is a great read. It's a taut detective story, and an intimate account of friendship in the paranoia of a coming war.


Unbelievable
Kirkus Reviews : Unbelievable (September 11, 2017)

A thoughtful account of covering what the author rightly calls “the most unlikely, exciting, ugly, trying, and all-around bizarre campaign in American history.”


Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things

This straightforward book makes your heart wobble on its axis. And it sends you back to the songs.


Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe

Verzemnieks’s intimate and poetic book assumes practical value.


What Happened

As her book’s title implies, Clinton has her own version of what happened in 2016, and she eventually forces readers to reckon with it. She seems at once the best and worst possible person to carry out this assessment.


Unbelievable

“Unbelievable” offers a vivid sense of how threatening Trump’s personal insults can feel.


Arbitrary Stupid Goal

This is a book of fleeting anecdotes told in short paragraphs. Often, Shopsin stops writing halfway down the page. Her approach prevents Shopsin from developing much momentum, a problem that’s accentuated by her narrative detours.


The Riviera Set: Glitz, Glamour, and the Hidden World of High Society

The Cote D'Azur may still be a playground, but today's Russian oligarchs and super-rich are far less fascinating than Maxine Elliott's firmament, which shines again here.


The Push: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits

The Push is not simply a book about rock climbing, then, but about human relationships and the ways in which we can hurt each other while trying to be kind.


A Sinner in Mecca

The result is the first book about the Hajj from a gay perspective, written by a man with a deep knowledge of Islamic history. This pilgrimage is the centerpiece of his book, and he recounts it with courage and fierce emotion.


Mayhem: A Memoir

Her book embraces those surrounding the addict by courageously exposing her own self-doubt and heartache.


Mayhem: A Memoir

In seeking an alternative to the headlines, Rausing offers thoughtfulness and introspection. She also provides a lot of self-flagellation.


Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime

A memorable, novelistic account is what Blum has written.