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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 May Queen Murders

It's an overall satisfying and chilling read and Sarah Jude is definitely one I'll be looking forward to reading more from.


I Will Send Rain

I Will Send Rain is a surprisingly poetic and honest portrayal of family dynamics and human emotions set against one of the most trying times the country has ever faced.


Behold the Dreamers: A Novel

“Behold the Dreamers” suffers from a dearth of action, the Wall Street crash qualifying as the only exception, albeit one relegated to the background. Mbue partially compensates for this deficit by injecting the story with generous doses of suspense.


The Girls in the Garden: A Novel

This waiting and careful attention to potential clues makes The Girls in the Garden an incredibly tense read. Definitely a favorite of mine this summer!


How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon

Brooks provides a masterful analysis of how global connectedness has created vast new responsibilities (and vulnerabilities) for the armed forces of the United States.


I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This: A Memoir

“I’m Supposed to Protect You From All This” is a compelling first effort by a 29-year-old who refuses to protect herself, or her readers, from the complexities and cruelties of motherhood.


Where the Jews Aren't: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region

Her sad and absurd tale is less about a failed social experiment and more about the contradictions of writing without roots while longing for home.


Natchez Burning

Natchez Burning is a fine example of exactly why so many folks are fans of Iles's books.


Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

In these pages, Mr. Tye conscientiously strips away the accretions of myth that have come to surround Robert F. Kennedy, while at the same time creating a sympathetic portrait of this complex, searching man — a genuine pilgrim and a hard-nosed politician, a fierce romantic dedicated to “the art of the possible.”


The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

Its subjects, blackness and black people, are at the root of the U.S. nation-state, the ever-present other, still so often the source of its poetry, pain and promise, and here in this book they, too, sing America.


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.


An Abbreviated Life

It is about understanding and recovery, and about looking back in order to take the first step forward.


Miss Jane: A Novel

The complexity and drama of Watson’s gorgeous work here is life’s as well: Sometimes physical realities expand us, sometimes trap; sometimes heroism lies in combating our helplessness, sometimes in accepting it.


The Veins of the Ocean: A Novel

“The Veins of the Ocean” is its own willing plunge into deeper, darker realms.


The Latter Days: A Memoir

“The Latter Days” is clean, strong and deep, a raging river of a story that its author carried until she couldn’t hold it back. It is an arrow straight from Mormon country, from the Mountain West and from the heart.


Pond

She’s diffused our often confusing and chaotic world into something more manageable, yet all the while making itty-bitty molehills into mountains.


Pond

“Pond” makes the case for Bennett as an innovative writer of real talent.