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Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U.S. Marines' Finest Hour in Vietnam

His purpose is not to deliver a judgment. Instead, he gives us a larger-than-life picture of Marines in combat.


'Til the Well Runs Dry

A delicious and compelling dramatic tribute to the women of her family and all that is and was Trinidad....


Chestnut Street

Chestnut Street is fictional, but the characters are very real. It's Binchy's gift, this ability to tell stories through characters we recognize, can relate to, want to know.


Every Day Is for the Thief: Fiction

Although he classifies his book as "fiction," it contains less of the human heat and emotional tangles of most novels, and more of the cool-eyed reporting and knowing observation that you might find in the most cerebral travel writing.


Nothing More to Lose

I should warn you, perhaps, imaginary reader whose life differs so much from mine — whatever your views, politics, past experiences or lack of them — it will be impossible, by the time you have finished reading this collection, to escape a connection to Palestine.


Vintage

Fairy tales without the element of danger are just not interesting to me, and Vintage has all of the elements of a fairy tale without any life-threatening drama.


The Girl from Station X: My Mother's Unknown Life

The Girl From Station X could have done with both a vigorous editor and a good therapist.


Updike

Begley has approached his task with the conscientiousness of an admirer of the man and of his work and, while not uncritical, has completed the book in the same spirit.


With My Dog Eyes: A Novel

This is the heavy stuff, literature as an assault course, not for the impatient or faint-hearted, or those who suspect they're having their legs pulled.


Every Day Is for the Thief: Fiction

There is the sharp imagery, the attention to detail, the indifference to plot. Listen to the evocative voice, the gorgeous prose, look how he is very much his father’s son.


The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor

This is a subtle study of a complex man who has too often been portrayed, especially through American eyes, as a stock figure, locked into a belligerent stereotype.


The Moon Sisters: A Novel

The entire story has a redundant air about it that does nothing to set it apart from other sibling stories.


Night Broken

This is frustrating on so many levels, namely because it perpetuates this awful mainstream idea that women hate other women.


The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities

Every parent planning to send a child to an “elite” college dominated by an overly powerful athletic program should buy this book. For those with children thinking of Duke, it is required reading.


Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality

The result, “Forcing the Spring,” is a stunningly intimate story.


A Fighting Chance

It’s the intimate moments in “A Fighting Chance” that make up its less wonky and infinitely more readable parts.


Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything

“Living With a Wild God” makes for pleasantly prickly reading.


The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning

This is a book by a tough, restless, energetic, admirable, principled Kansan who also happens to be a fine writer. Her voice is a welcome one.


I Pity the Poor Immigrant

The book weaves like a melody. It’s beautiful, full of passages and bursts of dialogue that break through the noise of complaint and countercomplaint that define so much of the talk about modern Israel.


Missing Microbes

The discerning reader should not forget that the research he discusses is largely his own; we hear no dissenting voices or contradictory evidence, although much of the narrative remains scientifically hypothetical.