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Dark Eden: A Novel

The true star here is the worldbuilding. It is subtle yet distinct.


No Book but the World: A Novel

Cohen is finely attuned to family dynamics here, both the quiet inner workings of Ava’s successful marriage and her genuine bewilderment about Fred’s fall from grace.


Waiting for Wednesday

French’s darkly ambitious tale piles on the complications until you beg for mercy. Hard-core fans of detective work as a vehicle for revealing the depths of the human soul will find it irresistible.


Worst. Person. Ever.

Did we need transgressive fiction offered as arch comedy? It’s a bit like Irvine Welsh writing a sitcom.


The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier

Comprehensible, practical advice that shuns yo-yo dieting and exhaustive exercise regimens for a more lenient lifestyle in which having some body fat is actually good for you.


The Empathy Exams

In this intelligent book, she shows us both the difficulty and the reward in noticing others’ messy lives, and thus suggests we can begin to help them, and ourselves, clean up.


Bark: Stories

Bark is a neat little bundle of masterpieces, and if fifteen years is what it takes to produce one of those, then Moore is forgiven.


The Secret Life of William Shakespeare

Morgan’s fictional chronicle is better written, and more interesting, than any scholarly biography.


Cathedral of the Wild: An African Journey Home

“Cathedral of the Wild” concludes as a book about growth and hope, with most of its principals dedicating themselves to larger causes than catering to wealthy tourists’ whims.


Hyde

Levine's account is a masterpiece of hallucination; his narrator is feverish, righteous, intense.


Dark Eden: A Novel

Mr. Beckett creates a highly engaging and thought-provoking novel about survival and humanity.


My Biggest Lie

The novel is both witty and tender in its suggestion that a large proportion of the misery we feel is self-inflicted, and no less painful for that.


The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror

The Muslims Are Coming should be widely read, particularly by liberals who consider their own positions unassailable.


Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away

In “Plato at the Googleplex,” Rebecca Newberger Goldstein set out to showcase, in sometimes startling ways, the continuing relevance of a classic philosopher. But what’s remarkable is that she actually brings off this tour de force with both madcap brilliance and commanding authority.


Words of Radiance

If the remaining novels in the series deliver the same way Words of Radiance did, I suspect novels in The Stormlight Archive will be the highlight Epic Fantasy novels of the year for quite a while to come.


Bloom and Doom

Bloom and Doom has everything to keep you engaged, a compelling murder to be solved, great humor, warm friendship and the language of flowers.


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry goes to pains to reveal that growth and change can happen at any age through regular references to a book about a man who doesn’t find love he’s in his 80s.


Worst. Person. Ever.

Coupland has been beautifully profound in previous work, but here he aims simply to entertain, and does a bang-up job of it.


Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel

Oyeyemi’s genius lies in her ability to show us our society and its fairytale double, both the truths we have always known and a fantastically weird dream we didn’t know we had been having.