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Before I Burn

Before I Burn makes a persuasive case that the novel is still the best method we've got.

Belle Cora: A Novel

Along with its unforgettable characters, Belle Cora is a book for the ages.

Promise Land: My Journey through America's Self-Help Culture

Ms. Lamb-Shapiro, whose writing has been published in McSweeney's and Open City, maintains a conversational, nonjudgmental tone, whether discussing family secrets or the eccentricities of her fellow seekers.

Little Failure: A Memoir

Shteyngart’s story couldn’t be more different from Nabokov’s, but he nimbly achieves the noble Nabokovian goal of letting sentiment in without ever becoming sentimental.

In the Night of Time

Tolstoyan, Joycean, DeLillo-an in its ambition, “In the Night of Time” abounds with cityscapes, landscapes, architectural details, telltale portents, meditative asides, unnerving tense shifts, paragraphs that go on for seven pages, scenes that are cut short only to be rewound again.

Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World

In addition to presenting a broad diplomatic tableau and fascinating personal histories, Mr. Griffin is careful to weigh the consequences of what his book describes.

The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles: A Novel

The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles is an engaging and entertaining work.

Visitation Street

Ivy Pochoda’s Red Hook is composed of the sublime energy and small acts of kindness that arise out of displacement and necessity

The Harlot's Tale

A fast-paced and enjoyably quick read, The Harlot’s Tale is solid entertainment for anyone interested in history, independent and intelligent heroines, and well-handled revelations.

A Nasty Piece of Work

A Nasty Piece of Work lives up to its title. There is betrayal and gore galore.

Night Watch

A great read for anyone looking for a long series to dive into, and for established fans, this re-release features a teaser of Lukyanenko’s forthcoming installment, New Watch.

Belle Cora: A Novel

A stunning read and an unforgettable story!

American Statecraft

Transporting the reader from the ornately furnished headquarters in Washington’s Foggy Bottom out into the heavily fortified diplomatic compounds where theory meets practice (at least in theory), Moskin offers glimpses into the careers of people at all levels of the organisation.

Fortune Tellers: The Story of America's First Economic Forecasters

It is scholarship of the highest quality, without shortcuts or gimmicks. We may not be able to trust the forecasters, but when it comes to their stories we are in excellent hands.

The Silent Wife: A Novel

The Silent Wife is worthy of all of its praise.

The Shining Girls: A Novel

The Shining Girls is such a perfect blend of mystery, thriller, and science fiction...

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago

The Girls of Murder City is a fascinating – and sometimes amusing – look at a true phenomenon of Chicago in the Jazz Age.

Becoming Josephine: A Novel

The overall impression of Becoming Josephine is of a woman born into a complex period in history, in which everything familiar becomes hated and feared, who uses the gifts given to her to her best advantage and did what was necessary in order to survive.

Stella Bain

Shreve creates a good-sized canvas of intelligent, well-meaning, well-educated human beings trying to adjust their longings to the rough wishes of the larger world at war.

Lighthouse Island

Jiles paints a rich, creepily persuasive portrait of a diminished society clinging to the vestiges of a higher civilization, right down to the dwindling supply of computers that only a few members of the techie elite know how to use.