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Updike

As a biographer he's admiring without being over-protective, and is particularly good on Updike's contradictions – as an erudite populist, Lutheran hedonist, church-going iconoclast and smiling public figure with a knife


The People's Platform

The People's Platform will be an invaluable primer for anyone seeking to understand why our networked world isn't all that it is cracked up to be.


A Philosophy of Walking

At least the final impression is compatible with the author’s notions of walking: it is whimsical, repetitive, fairly monotonous, and prone to repetition.


War! What Is It Good For?

Morris combines extraordinary erudition with light, manageable prose.


The Temporary Gentleman

In the end, this rare and heart-breaking novel's subject is not drink at all – it is erring, selfish, enduring love.


A Sting in the Tale

The important thing is that this book will make you bee-conscious. You will learn a lot, not just about bumblebees, and you will never have a dull moment.


A Poet's Glossary

Dip in here and there and gain a growing appreciation for poetry , that “inexplicable (though not incomprehensible) event in language” that is a “human fundamental, like music.”


Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Walk through the door of “The Chameleon Club” and you’ll be entranced by the way Prose plumbs the enigma of evil, the puzzle of history and the mystery of valor. C’est magnifique!


The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Set in the near future, the novel is a sobering look at how dependent we are on technology and how susceptible we are to the distortions of language.


In the Light of What We Know

Beautifully written evidence that some of the most interesting writing in English is coming from the edges of old empires.


Updike

This is a generous tribute to an amusing and brilliant man but, ultimately, there just isn’t much incident. Not all great writers merit a big biography.


Earth Star

Earth Star is another captivating and wonderful entry in Jarra’s ongoing story.


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

It conquers its readers not through exaggerated drama or nail-biting suspense but gently, through its clean imagery and undemanding narrative.


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

For the agnostic reader, the purported climax of the book is nothing special – she allows that scientific rigour can co-exist with mysticism.


The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

The Boom is a thoughtful, well-written and carefully researched book that provides the best overview yet of the pros and cons of fracking.


Wake: A Novel

Wake is a good fictional introduction to an aspect of the First World War.


This is the Water

This is the Water is an intriguing study of character, and of form, and it's those two things that should have you diving to read it.


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

Barbara Ehrenreich has made a career of bravely paying attention where others fear to tread. "Living With a Wild God" is no different; and for that we should all be grateful.


All Our Names

No Book but the World: A Novel

She excels at untangling emotional knots, especially those found in families.