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The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For

It's a slim volume, and yes, it's illustrated, but it's full of knowledge, wit and optimism, and McCullough's characteristic erudition shines through on every page.

The Book of Joan

The effect is dizzying and, at times, disorienting, but there is always a vibrant forward motion to the text, and a ferocious, unmistakable perspective: Even in the wreckage of a post-human nightmare, humanity never really changes.


"Tender" redefines the emotional power and literary heft that speculative fiction can convey.

The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic

Joaquin's language can be beautifully dense; several stories carry sentences that meander through a full page, themes surfacing like fish.

Where It Hurts

There’s nothing new under the sun as my mother used to tell me, but Reed Farrell Coleman has done well infusing some much-needed juice into the worn-down detective genre with Gus Murphy.

Quiet Neighbors: A Novel

It is easy to see how she’s earned multiple nominations and wins for her work. Quiet Neighbors will not disappoint.

Never Out of Season: How Having the Food We Want When We Want It Threatens Our Food Supply and Our Future

There are biologists today who stare into the abyss of global crop failure, and stand ready to protest commercial and governmental venality. We can hope that Dunn’s book encourages them to be less humble toward the interests they serve, and offer more humility toward the knowledge of indigenous people, on whose shoulders they stand.

South and West: From a Notebook

There is no plot in “South and West,” or conflict, or ending. The pleasures of this short book, rather, are found in observing the South through Didion’s eyes.

The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World

Doyle offers a salutary reminder of the greatness of the tales spun by Hawthorne, Kipling, Conrad, Stevenson and others of that ilk, and I was won over despite myself by his loving reconstruction of an era of storytelling now lost.

When You Find Out the World Is Against You

Ultimately, Oxford succeeds at presenting a glimpse inside her head; whether you like what you find there is up to you.

Dancing with the Tiger

If you like thrillers with personality and antiques with a side of ruthless thug, Dancing with the Tiger is a book for you.


If he had fought more with himself, and less with everyone else, then Alec Baldwin might have penned a memoir for the ages. Let’s call it a draw.

Sunshine State

Sunshine State is not a glowing encomium of Florida, nor is it a snarky takedown. Instead, it's a drifting, psychogeographical exploration of a place she once called home — and that, in return, has come to live inside her.

Oakland Noir

Readers who know the city will relish its sense of place, and those who only know the stereotypes will be in for a pleasing eye-opener.

Convicting Avery: The Bizarre Laws and Broken System behind "Making a Murderer"

Michael D. Cicchini also makes sure that the valid questions and issues that are highlighted in Convicting Avery never violate the identities and right-to-justice that belongs to the victims of the crimes.

The View from the Cheap Seats

He is charming, enthusiastic, full of wonder. He is, at heart, the best kind of child reader: an adventurous one, and one willing to learn.


Exes, among other things, is an amazing feat of plotting and engineering, an elaborate puzzle of a book that brings to mind Alan Ayckbourn's Norman Conquests for the intricacy of its carefully calibrated interlocking connections.

Richard Nixon: The Life

With The Life, Farrell has etched those history-shaking contradictions into the most vivid — and the most startling — relief to date.