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Want Not

Reading Want Not, one gets the sense that no matter what subject Jonathan Miles decides to tackle, the results will be well worth reading.


All Joy and No Fun

The underbelly of parenting that All Joy and No Fun addresses is not always a barrel of fun to acknowledge, but the findings of this unique parenting book are, in the end, joyful.


Silence Once Begun: A Novel

This is a book for readers in the mood for an existential inquiry along the lines of Sartre’s Huis Clos or W.G. Sebald’s Rings of Saturn, rather than for mystery-lovers seeking a traditional page turning who-done-it.


Orfeo: A Novel

Orfeo is a tour de force and a delight. Powers delivers a literary high-wire act that leads to a culmination both intellectually and emotionally satisfying.


Three

This is a world I would never want to live in, but I am so glad that I stuck with it to see how Ember and Chase adventure ended.


Annihilation

It’s a concentrated, slick narrative, an affecting, profoundly lonely story that’ll have you looking over your shoulder for days.


The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us is a fast paced, character driven romance where the characters shine through the narrative and straight into your heart.


Such a Rush

Such a Rush made me laugh, cry and shout in outrage. Every time I read one of her books I feel as if I’ve left a piece of my heart with the characters.


Thirty Girls

Minot shows her readers that war zones cannot be contained within one country, or one region. When cruelty and violence reign, we are all at risk.


The UnAmericans: Stories

They'll make you nostalgic, not just for earlier times, but for another era in short fiction. A time when writers such as Bernard Malamud, and Issac Bashevis Singer and Grace Paley roamed the earth.


Wake: A Novel

Post-War Britain is brilliantly shown in terms of class divide, in societal changes, the different ways that people have found to cope (or not) with the aftermath of the War.


Perfect Lies

Perfect Lies is a decent sequel that stays true to its characters. Unfortunately, the answers that occur are somewhat disappointing.


The Swan Gondola: A Novel

The Swan Gondola is a gorgeous, intimate look at the seedier side of life in Omaha at the turn of the century.


I Shall Be Near to You: A Novel

"I Shall Be Near To You" is based on factual events, and is full of vibrancy and emotion. It is definitely a must read! Buy it for your mothers, wives, or daughters!


The Sixth Extinction

We need new big stories. Is it too much to ask that we should alter Earth with compassion for the other creatures with whom we share it, and in celebration of their endless forms?


HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

In spite of its limitations, HRC does a good job of showing the tentacular reach of Clinton’s network. It is hard to imagine all these people are sticking around for old time’s sake.


Strange Bodies

There are beautiful things, real things, tucked in this novel.


The Book of Jonah

His satire lacks that astringent bitterness that can make some witty novels seem heartless. And his willingness to pose the big questions to the whirlwind makes for unusually thoughtful reading.


Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

If only the “passion of Pussy Riot” could be somehow organized and directed, Gessen hints, then it might make a difference.


Ripper

Allende does conjure up a genuinely surprising twist at the end, but by then, most smart readers will be trying to cleanse all memory of this tedious romp, perhaps by sinking down, down, down into bathtubs of powdered milk.