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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.

Paradise Sky

Lansdale has pulled out all the stops to deliver a rip-roaring tale completely in keeping with dime novel traditions and the cinematic hyperbole of "Blazing Saddles" or "Django Unchained."

Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles

Beneath the sometimes outré humor and self-deprecating tone of "Twisted" are serious and poignant questions about the nature of black identity, who shapes it and why and how black folks might finally seize control of that identity themselves.

Keepers: The Greatest Films--and Personal Favorites--of a Moviegoing Lifetime

It can be gratifying to read someone who takes such pleasure in his work. But it's hard to understand why this consummate professional would settle for armchair philosophizing about a subject he knows better than most.

The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing "Pollinator" Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity

A practical overview of the untapped potentials of a substantial part of the economy.

Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald

A fascinating, delightful, and often heartfelt book.

Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness

Will satisfy readers attuned to the juncture of history, psychology, and feminism.

The Subprimes

In the end, the book’s wickedly satirical tone morphs, becoming melancholic with hope, and almost poetic, which means that “The Subprimes” doesn’t just amuse — it haunts.

Go Set a Watchman

It’s not To Kill a Mockingbird, yes, but it’s very much worth reading.

The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects

All lovers of the Brontës should read this book. It will perhaps mean most to those who already have some prior knowledge of the sisters’ lives and works, but it is equally capable of whetting the appetites of those coming to them for the first time.

The Prince of Minor Writers: The Selected Essays of Max Beerbohm

I soon settled in, though, and this book began to deliver deep pleasures. As curmudgeons go, Beerbohm was a gentle and self-effacing one. There are very funny broadsides here against walking, against the cult of children, against writing boring letters and against literary toadyism.

Alive: Book One of the Generations Trilogy
Kirkus Reviews : Alive (July 15, 2015)

Sure to win Sigler younger fans, this is the first book of a new trilogy. Em and her group of teenagers end up in an interesting place, creating plenty of energy for Book 2.

The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers' Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse

Knight is a talented journalist, and there’s enough tumult in these pages to hold the attention of even a casual fan.

Confession of the Lioness

The book is carefully framed, and the right elements are present for a story that could have given rise to an excellent novel.

God and Jetfire

“God and Jetfire” is a devastating and beautiful book. The beauty is in the elegant, assured writing and also in the solace that comes from Seek’s recognition that she and Jevn chose wisely, that Jonathan is being raised by extraordinary people.


Rosenkrantz captures the psychodrama of all-consuming friendship with an honesty that qualifies as its own kind of boldness.

All This Life: A Novel

Rendered with a colorful intricacy and subversive spirit, “All This Life” shows us San Francisco as it vanishes under the spell of social media. Mohr is a perceptive chronicler of how we live, feel — and avoid feeling — this very minute.

The Catherine Wheel: Text Classics

Rich and rewarding.

Naked Greed

The stakes seem so low throughout this installment, filled with dead ends and dropped stitches, that you can’t help wondering if Woods has set his word processor to auto-type.