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Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson

It’s a careful yet harrowing account of an offbeat childhood, and of a father-and-son relationship that grew very dark before it began to admit hints of light.


The Charm Bracelet

For me, the perfect book at the perfect time.


The Fate of the Tearling

The Fate of the Tearling is a spectacular ending to an amazing series.


Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis: The Vampire Chronicles

Rice’s latest excursion into otherly realms may leave some readers feeling overstuffed—but others, to be sure, will be hungry for more.


Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis

Excerpts from Bergoglio’s writings give an even more intimate look at our current pope, although it’s unfortunate Shriver was unable to interview him.


The Invasion of the Tearling

It took some adjusting to the shifts in story, but I wanted more when I finished. And I still adore Kelsea.


Road to Paradise

Road to Paradise is such a fabulously fun read. I love Shelby, I love the setting, and I really need to go make a playlist off of all the songs mentioned!


The Wangs vs. the World

Jade Chang’s debut novel is full of smart one-liners and clever observations. It made me long to become pals with Chang, because she’s probably excellent at cocktail-party conversation and slandering one’s enemies in private. Plus, she can tell a damn good story.


The Princess Diarist

Like her 19-year-old self, Carrie Fisher doesn’t hold back on how she feels about life inside the “Star Wars” industrial complex — and that’s ultimately more interesting than another story about filming the Death Star trash-compactor scene.


Conclave: A novel

It is the best Robert Harris novel to date.


Shock and Awe

The book is littered with insights and treats, but it rarely coalesces in a fully satisfying way.


Faller

Faller is a fun read that'll appeal to lighter science fiction readers.


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Mr. Noah offers a series of sharp-edged snapshots of life in the township of Soweto, where his maternal grandmother lived, and where, he recalls, “99.9 percent” of the residents were black, and his light skin made him a neighborhood curiosity.


Mister Monkey

“Mister Monkey” itself, though, is gripping and engaging all the way through, the characters’ miseries as moving as their fierce attachments to hope and the possibility of unexpected mercies.


All That Man Is

In this remarkable book, Szalay pursues an essential truth, important to recognize in our globalizing times: The geographies change, yet the self remains. Whoever and however old a man is, he must face his life. And live it.


By Women Possessed: A Life of Eugene O'Neill

Even in its repurposed sections, this book pulses with life, yet that particular defense of O’Neill feels of another time: a genuflection before the great artist.


They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement

Lowery’s clear-eyed reporting is exceeded only by his thoughtful, sharp sentences. He allows pain to seep into the prose, not hiding the anguish of a black man reporting on so much black death while pointing out connections that can’t be ignored.


Thus Bad Begins: A novel

I was reminded too that Marías is a master of a kind of suspense that is rare in the modern novel. He saves the best for the last. The question is whether you can get through the bad marriage first.


Rethink: The Surprising History of New Ideas

The whole project has a slapdash, cynical vibe.


France

This book is a feast of tidbits about French history.