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Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters

As a master editor and distinguished author, Evans is well qualified to instruct us on how to write well. But can he delight us in the process? After reading this book, I can affirm that the answer is yes. For the most part. Up to a point.


The End of Eddy

“The End of Eddy,” however, is not just a remarkable ethnography. It is also a mesmerizing story about difference and adolescence, one that is far more realistic than most.


First Love

“First Love,” with its haiku-like evocations of grotty British cityscapes, its fine ear for the ways in which love inverts itself into cruelty, its preference for scrupulous psychological detail over grandiose epic sweep, is a stellar example of this tradition, and proof of its continued vitality.


Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth

Where “Scars of Independence” scours the wounds, it rushes the reckoning promised by its title: the suturing together of this battered body politic, and the subsequent bleaching of the bloody national fabric.


York: The Shadow Cipher

This is a fun novel, full of cool puzzles to be cracked, a scavenger hunt, with kid characters that shine and a twist ending that left my mouth hanging on the floor.


Saint Death

Marcus Sedgwick does it again. Seriously, read this man’s work.


It Happens in the Hamptons

A summery, beachy read was definitely what I was craving this week, and Holly Peterson's latest does deliver in that regard.


Edgeland

Edgeland is great fun - perfect for its middle grade audience and much bigger kids (ahem, 35 year old ones) alike!


I Found You: A Novel

Jewell excels at building tension packed, but at times quite quiet, stories with characters that are never quite what they seem.


Woman No. 17: A Novel

Edan Lepucki can write crazy good. But all in all I can't say that this was a fun read.


The Baker's Secret

I loved Emma and all of the characters that people her village! Kiernan does a fantastic job bringing this small town and their small (and increasingly larger) acts of rebellion to life.


Escape

Jeff Povey creates such awesome, relatable characters teenagers my age can really relate with, and his modern-day setting near London was really easy to visualise.


Bad Dreams and Other Stories

In Bad Dreams, Tessa Hadley explores what happens when her characters push those bounds.


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon calls forth a history of memory, of loss, of silence, and white complicity, all of which are still part of our devastating national reality. Despite its flaws, it is an important and powerful read.


The Idiot

It dramatizes a semiotic tragedy perfectly suited for its brainy Harvard undergraduate—the alienation, and even heartbreak, of losing the narrative thread of your existence.


Last Sext

Last Sext captures a youthful, hard, myth-informed, sleep deprived, aroused, spiritually searching, self-loathing worldview embraced by many of the young women in our lives.


Priestdaddy: A Memoir

Lockwood is often referred to as an “outsider”—having taken neither the MFA nor NYC route, in fact not attending college at all—but reading this book made me wonder if perhaps we are the outsiders: we being the unlucky rest of us who do not reside in Lockwood’s poetic, unpredictable brain.


Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto

Why I Am Not a Feminist is a personal exhortation written in normative statements that vacillates between the “I” and “we” voices.


The Idiot

While this novel falls short of being entirely satisfactory, it’s certainly a rewarding read in its own way. Here’s hoping she will write another, more ambitious novel one day.