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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.


We Are Not Such Things: The Murder of a Young American, a South African Township, and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation

The author’s vivid details of South Africa’s persistent racism, abject poverty, and continuing oppression are undermined by unnecessary repetition.


Trump and Me

Singer gets a lot of laughs out of Trump – the ridiculous apartment, the humourless pomposity – but Trump is not the point. At best he is a sorcerer’s apprentice with little understanding of the forces he professes to control.


Labor of Love

She makes an entirely convincing case that there never was and never will be one static way of dating. But as we approach the present, Weigel is hesitant to leave behind her sources and authoritatively identify our new moment, in which online dating has been almost entirely destigmatised.


The Selected Letters of John Cage

In words, as in music, Cage still opens our ears and minds.


Here Comes the Sun: A Novel

Here Comes The Sun ultimately becomes a meditation on the perversion of love, and the unscrupulous means to attain it.


Daredevils

Vestal conjures up the necessary claustrophobia and privation to great effect, this sense of slow emotional suffocation expertly mirrored in the barren, hot desert landscape.


Smoke: A Novel

Smoke is at once profound, moving and timely: a novel that tackles the most fundamental question of good versus evil.


Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life

What’s remarkable about WEAR AND TEAR is its compassion.... Forget that I know and adore Tracy Tynan. I can’t praise this book enough.


Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

A fast-paced novel set in Victorian England that has every human foible and emotion on display.... [M]ost readers won’t begrudge the satisfying conclusion to an absorbing story.


The Bones of Grace

Anam’s novel is a seductive, lively end to the trilogy. It is also wordy at times — more than 100 pages longer than each of the previous books — perhaps because Anam is naturally most captivated by the concerns of her own generation.


Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

The riddle of freedom has long been one Russia has agonized over. This is the magnitude of Alexievich’s inquiry, as well as its importance — for isn’t America, too, agonizing over how to be free?


The Voyeur's Motel

The Voyeur’s Motel is a work of great moral queasiness, and intellectual inertia.


The Voyeur's Motel

Mostly, however, one feels flattened by a sadness at the cynicism and distrust that years of catching folks with their pants down has engendered, as well as the utter tedium of life as the Voyeur, adrift in “a dry-docked boat whose guests endlessly watched television, exchanged banalities, had sex mainly under the covers if they had sex at all.”