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Empire of Cotton: A Global History

In global cities bidding on commodity exchanges, trade in derivatives and bets on price movements transform labor and cotton into an abstraction. At a time when many believe in unregulated capitalism, this history may suggest reconsidering that faith.

The Harder They Come

Boyle worries about the world and its problems so we don’t have to, and he writes it all down.

Inside the O'Briens: A Novel

This is the type of book that tears one heartstrings and makes one laugh all while making one contemplate just how they would react/act should they ever get a diagnosis similar to Joe’s. It is at once tender, amusing, and sobering.

All Involved

It’s a snapshot of a city in chaos in the early ’90s that still has chilling resonance today.

Kill Chain

“Kill Chain” is a revelatory, must-read account of drones and killing from the air, but does anyone bother to listen to arguments critical of the military establishment and its untouchable bureaucracies?

I Refuse

Petterson’s “I Refuse” provides this kind of elevated reading experience: A seamless emotional alchemy lifts off the page that, in turn, expands a reader’s understanding of the human condition. It is equal parts uncomfortable, exhilarating and memorable.


Depth is also starkly glamorous, telegraphed in clipped prose and sharp dialogue that's as taut as a garrote.


This book is an example of the vivid yet economical writing found in Stead’s earlier novels. Although the book is short, he never rushes.

On the Move: A Life

As he proves again in his latest (and perhaps final) book, it’s his keen attentiveness as a listener and observer, and his insatiable curiosity, that makes his work so powerful.

Early Warning: A novel

Smiley poses large questions and offers powerful insights. Are human beings essentially good? Can we survive our childhood? Is it possible to feel gratitude and relief in our mediocre lives?

Went the Day Well?: Witnessing Waterloo

A historical tour de force—a fascinating panorama of Great Britain during the summer of Waterloo.

Madam President: A Novel

The balance is off here, Wallace’s comic gifts wasted. What felt frothy and fun in the first books turn leaden when a national tragedy is less important than who slept with or back-stabbed whom.

My Struggle: Book 4

You can’t help but be impressed at Knausgaard’s capacity to hit the ground running and not let up. Sure, there’s plenty to quibble with here, but I’ve never witnessed a man sprint the middle distance of a marathon with such blind terror.

My Struggle: Book 4

His work makes you realize that each and every one of our lives contains rich enough material for a long, daunting book called My Struggle.

The Mystery of Tunnel 51

He was a hugely popular and well-reviewed author of the Golden Age of mystery fiction. I was gripped all the way through and enjoyed the work tremendously. Well recommended.

The Girl in the Road

My experience reading The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne can be boiled down to: this was an amazing novel until it wasn’t anymore. I am deeply conflicted about it.

Black Run
Kirkus Reviews : Black Run (April 28, 2015)

The suspects are thin as onionskin, and the culprit might have been plucked from a hat. But Rocco’s detective chops are as authentic as his crabbiness and his matter-of-fact corruption, and the denouement at Leone’s funeral has to set some kind of record for calculated bad taste.

Finding Jake

I think you'll understand when I say that Finding Jake is an emotional read!

The Walls Around Us

Haunting and tragic, Ori’s story is the kind of story that makes one question everything they know and understand about the justice system.