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A Most Extraordinary Pursuit

The second book made so much more sense after reading this one and in my opinion the second book is much better but this book is the necessary book for foundation purposes.


Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” is many things: a road novel, a slender epic of three generations and the ghosts that haunt them, and a portrait of what ordinary folk in dire circumstances cleave to as well as what they — and perhaps we all — are trying to outrun.


Thanks, Obama

While the first half of the book is enjoyable, the second half is masterly, rising to a crescendo that is as rousing as, well, a particularly inspiring campaign speech.


Defending the Rock

Rankin has chosen an unusual vantage point to view the wider war, and told his story well, but Gibraltar as a strategic key does not altogether convince.


Sour Heart: Stories

In these gaping fissures and silences, Zhang gives life to a chorus of voices rich with reinvention, a narrative genealogy of what it is to be, to speak and to write across many forms of expression at once.


Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

The future of life on Earth will be decided by small-time politicians spreading fears about terrorist threats, by shareholders worried about quarterly revenues and by marketing experts trying to maximise customer experience.


The Twelve-Mile Straight

The Twelve-Mile Straight reads like a cavalcade of indistinguishable brutality without sufficient nuance.


Murderous Mistral

Murderous Mistral is a novel as satisfying for its mystery as for its beautifully rendered characters and location.


The Ninth Hour

The Ninth Hour is also about love, both forbidden and sanctioned, albeit with the caveat that "Love's a tonic ... not a cure." This enveloping novel, too, is a tonic, if not a cure.


The Last Chicago Boss

The Last Chicago Boss had enough to leave me with the feeling that I’ve had a glimpse at what the boys from Lord of the Flies might have been like all grown up.


The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life

“The Far Away Brothers” is impeccably timed, intimately reported and beautifully expressed.


Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Hughes’ conversational tone makes the book extremely approachable, regardless of one’s familiarity with the city. Peeling back layers of time and fantasy, she shows us why this city is such an integral part of humanity’s story.


One Dark Throne

A strong sequel to one of the darkest stories out there, which means I loved every word of it.


The Cuban Affair: A Novel

For anyone fascinated with Cuba (like me), this is a special treat.


Fasting and Feasting

He’s created a fully formed character in these pages, honoring not only her brilliance but the rough edges that made her human.


Moxie

It feels like Moxie isn't really meant for the teenage women who are already out there marching and signing petitions.


Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook

She has had so much to say about how the rest of us ought to eat that it’s been easy to assume that she always had a master plan to transform the American diet nailed to the wall of Chez Panisse, like Luther’s 95 Theses but with mesclun and goat cheese. In “Coming to My Senses,” she’s eager to show us that it wasn’t like that at all


Release

Release is a perfect place to start, and if you are already a fan, it is a must-read that will further cement his genius status.