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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

A witty, wise and mordantly wise-cracking memoir and examination of the American way of death.


Lies We Tell Ourselves

The main plot of Lies We Tell Ourselves is an outstanding example of historical fiction. It tells the intense story of two girls caught in the middle of the civil rights movement, each one a pawn in the adult game of racial equality.


Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lies We Tell Ourselves might be fiction, but the story is true — and it's one we should never forget.


The Pornographer's Daughter: A Memoir of Childhood, My Dad, and Deep Throat

Barely serviceable. Readers will learn a bit about the porn business of the pre-Internet age, but they might as well be reading about farm equipment or lumber.


The Human Body
Kirkus Reviews : The Human Body (October 02, 2014)

As the title suggests, the book is less about military heroism than the devastating human impact of combat. Well-observed and compassionate, this is a memorable look at imperfect people in extreme circumstances.


Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle

A book of startling congruencies, insightful flashes and an artful enthusiasm that delivers knowledge from the inorganic page to our organic brains.


A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel

An ambitious and multivalent, if occasionally patience-testing, book.


Bad Feminist
Kirkus Reviews : Bad Feminist (October 01, 2014)

An occasionally brilliant, hit-or-miss grab bag of pop-culture criticism.


What We See When We Read

Mendelsund amply attains his goal to produce a quirky, fresh and altogether delightful meditation on the miraculous act of reading.


The Wonder of All Things

Another fascinating and powerful reflection from Mott on how the real world reacts when the impossible happens.


The Fame Lunches

Essays that go down like candy but nourish like health food.


Real Santa
Kirkus Reviews : Real Santa (October 01, 2014)

A lovingly crafted comedy about the madness that fatherhood inspires.


I'll Give You the Sun

When I got to the end of this book, I felt out of breath. I wasn’t sure if I was broken by what I had read or a little bit more whole….I’m also not sure if I’ll ever come down from the high I got while reading this book.


Station Eleven: A novel

“Station Eleven” is a superb novel. Unlike most postapocalyptic works, it leaves us not fearful for the end of the world but appreciative of the grace of everyday existence


Women in Clothes

'What are my values?' one woman asks. 'What do I want to express?' Those questions inform the multitude of eclectic responses gathered in this delightfully idiosyncratic book.


Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories

A versatile, prolific author asserts his pre-eminence in short fiction with an unassuming brilliance that almost makes you think stories will become popular again.


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

What would Anita Brookner do?' asks one of Mantel's protagonists. The answer, we'd like to think, is this: She'd read Mantel's latest, and she'd delight in it.


Die and Stay Dead

A repetitive and unfocused setup for a third novel.