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Look Alive Out There

Where Crosley’s first collections were dense with zingers made to deliver laughs, the most memorable lines in this one are built to break hearts.


The Life to Come

For a novel concerned with dislocation, there’s a lot of grounding humor in “The Life to Come.” Most of it comes at the expense of Pippa and her ilk, but de Kretser’s observations are so spot on, you’ll forgive her even as you cringe.


Burnout

Burnout examines a timely subject, but it’s the depiction of relationships, all with plenty of nuance, that is the main reason to pick up this book.


Waiting for Tomorrow

While Waiting for Tomorrow is about the longing for recovery, the novel ends on a bittersweet note, reaching a space where, even if they now have grey in their hair and are forever changed, this family can move forward and begin to count tomorrows again.


The Muse

The Muse was a pleasant surprise, a seriously good read about serious truths, challenging ideas, and painful history that still leaves readers hopeful that good people manage and good things happen in this world.


Wade in the Water

Smith emerges as a poet in charge of her own creation myth and a recorder of destructive realities. Her offbeat, spiritual poems are her boldest – where it seems almost as though she is putting together a DIY Bible.


Head On
Kirkus Reviews : Head On (April 17, 2018)

Very clever, wonderfully satisfying fun.


A Higher Loyalty

Comey may be self-righteous, but in 2018 and given the alternatives, that has come to look like a rather tolerable vice.


Census

You don’t have to have any particular interest in Down’s syndrome to connect with this aspect of the book: it isn’t a polemic about special needs, but a detailed and moving portrayal of a kind of radical innocence, one that brings both the cruelty and the kindness in the world around it into sharp focus.


Look Alive Out There

[Crosley] effortlessly manages to balance both the poignant and the funny, and consistently delivers one-liners that will make you laugh out loud and think critically long after reading


Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

Like Riverton itself, “Summer Hours at the Robbers Library” feels artfully balanced between the reality of loss and a carefully guarded hope for renewal.


Speak Freely

In the current divisive political climate, Whittington shows why safeguarding the civil exchange of diverse ideas is an urgent need.


A Dangerous Woman

“A Dangerous Woman” may fall short in exploring the complexities of a clearly captivating woman, but Ronald’s group portrait of people of great wealth [...] is breathtaking and quite modern.


The Marshall Plan

Steil has written an ambitious, deeply researched narrative that not only delineates the interlocking gears of international politics and economics in early postwar Europe but also introduces a large cast of statesmen, spies and economists that perhaps only Dickens could have corralled with ease.


Just Like February

An ultimately optimistic and hopeful novel about growing up amid personal and political disarray.


Gods of Howl Mountain

Perhaps a more ruthless editor could have shaped this enjoyable novel into a truly great one.


Noir

In keeping with the noir style, there are many divergent plotlines that ultimately have to be tied up, and Moore’s solution — no spoilers here — is unique to the genre.


If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late

Sage counsel to help readers better navigate the trajectories of their own relationships.


Cave of Bones

The atmospheric prose in CAVE OF BONES brings back fond memories of travel through this mysterious and legendary world that my family calls home.


The Affliction

No subject is too dire for [Gutcheon's] sharp and witty commentator-protagonists, and this is a fun and well-crafted story.