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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.


King Zeno

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


Trumpocracy
Kirkus Reviews : Trumpocracy (January 16, 2018)

Evenhanded, ideologically consistent, and guaranteed to generate a slew of angry tweets should a copy land at the White House.


The Silent Room

Though the villains remain little more than sketches and two romantic subplots never really sizzle, the disappearance and investigation are credible and convincing, and the high-octane ending packs plenty of firepower.


Blood and Sand
Kirkus Reviews : Blood and Sand (January 16, 2018)

In this era of Katniss Everdeen, 300’s Gorgo, The Matrix’s Trinity, and the recently rebooted Wonder Woman, it takes more than a female Spartacus to make a thoughtfully feminist adventure.


The Lost Plot

The Lost Plot is immensely satisfying and thoroughly entertaining, as is the whole series. The only bad part is now having to wait yet again for the next book.


The Immortalists

The Immortalists is a rich and rewarding novel, sure to rank among the very best of 2018’s crop, and one to be re-read and savored for years to come.


Munich: A novel

Engaging, informative, and quietly suspenseful.


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.


One Station Away

Like the narrator himself, the novel reaches and reaches, but the connections are never made and the depths of consciousness are never revealed.


This Could Hurt

This Could Hurt is far more tender than caustic.


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.


Fierce Kingdom: A Novel

All told, this is a super readable and dark story. Fair warning!


Grist Mill Road
Bookreporter : Grist Mill Road (January 13, 2018)

Surprises --- many of them created by the assumptions of the beholder --- abound in this narrative, which cleverly reveals both too much in parts and not enough in others until we get a full portrait of each of the characters, or something like it.


Grist Mill Road

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


A State of Freedom: A Novel

Each page of this heartbreakingly beautiful novel contains lines that reveal poverty far beyond grinding, pain far beyond healing, uncertainty far beyond our knowing. And yet they endure.