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The Green Road: A Novel

Enright has written an extraordinary novel, one not to be missed. The transformative power of art — poetry, theater, and painting — serves as a motif throughout the book.


The Fishermen: A Novel

The Fishermen is a commendable debut, one which lingers long after the last words are read.


Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

Thomas Kunkel has compiled a profile which should help create a renewed appreciation for the work of a very fine writer. Joe Mitchell might be ambivalent about the probing, but he would likely be pleased with the attention and empathy.


Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

I probably missed the real story back in 1974. But I'll give myself a pass because I was a kid. I don't have that excuse today. Neither do any of us. And for that, we have Bryan Burrough and Days of Rage to thank.


Pleasantville

Pleasantville seems ripped from the headlines amid a very public discussion of race, criminal justice, and the slow demise of the American dream, but it would be a quality book regardless.


Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn't Work without a Strong Middle Class

Hollowed Out posits that, through intentional and pragmatic policies, the middle class can reassume its position as the driving force and engine of development it was in post-World War II America.


The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor

Well, we can demand all we like, and some of us can dig deep into our wallets to pay for that honest chicken and streaked tomato, but all the demanding in the world doesn't do squat about our two biggest problems: too many people, not enough farmland.


The Dig

Set in rural Wales, the story is exciting and animalistic, with nary a wasted scene or flashback, nor a word that doesn’t carry its weight.


Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

Blackout is an enthralling interrogation of a life. Even the most banal moments are beautiful, elevated, and resonate across the human experience.


A Woman Without a Country: Poems

A Woman Without a Country helps us cut losses, helps us build on what language and memory we still have.


Three Kinds of Motion: Kerouac, Pollock, and the Making of American Highways

The book revolves around motion, but it’s also a meditation on stillness.


Bone Map: Poems

To engage with Bone Map is to take stock of our lives and our world, and to question the stories we tell ourselves about them. This is a brutal and beautiful book.


The Ever After of Ashwin Rao: A Novel

In important ways that are destructive to Ashwin’s story, Viswanathan’s second novel seems to be locked in dialogue with her first, despite their vastly different settings in Canada and India.


Book of Numbers: A Novel

Book Of Numbers is a fractured look at what it means to be human in the digital age, and a novel that doesn’t quite find the balance between indicting the coldness of digital culture and replicating it.


Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy

Though there’s an undercurrent of nervous tension and self-effacement throughout Sick In The Head, it doesn’t disguise the thing that really drove Apatow to start interviewing his heroes as a kid—a bone-deep love of comedy, and an accompanying thirst to do it himself.


The Good Shufu: Finding Love, Self, and Home on the Far Side of the World

The Good Shufu promises an examination of how marriages fare in a culture clash, but it only delivers a faint echo of the marriage, little of the culture, and none of the clash.


Us

If only he had offered us a more interesting tour guide.


The Cartel: A novel

I loved The Cartel, and I guarantee you will, too.


Sphinx

The Oulipo should expand their interest in potential forms of literature to include potential uses of literature. Sphinx is a decisive and welcome move in this direction.


The Dream of My Return

Packed with poisonous observations about the hypocrisy of players on both ends of the political spectrum, it’s a slender tour-de-force: a rich, complex, beautifully crafted act of ventriloquism whose brevity belies its range.