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Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science Is Redefining Contemporary Art

A good approach, I found, is to browse the book as if it were a Who’s Who of science-driven artists — marveling at a profusion of art that is, just as the author warns, “sometimes beautiful, sometimes disturbing, sometimes subversive, sometimes downright crazy, but always interesting.”

Panic in a Suitcase: A Novel

This sparkling debut, though it stays close to home, suggests she can roam wherever she’d like.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Mr. Shafer has written a bright, brash entertainment, one that errs, when it errs at all, on the side of generosity, narrative and otherwise. It tips you, geekily and humanely, through the looking glass.

All That Is Solid Melts into Air
The New York Times : Red Alert (August 07, 2014)

McKeon’s characters may already have receded into history, but by imprinting their triumphs and tragedies onto the imagination with such visceral empathy, he has given them a deserving afterlife in this powerful novel.

The Magician's Land: A Novel

Mr. Grossman is usually a subtle, sophisticated writer, though, for some reason, he seems to have altered his tone in parts of “The Magician’s Land,” using too much narration with too much broish language.

Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

The repetitions provide texture; texture provides clarity; clarity appreciation. Phillips’s own love of the beauty and power of psychoanalysis here serves both him and the reader wonderfully well.

Arts & Entertainments

As “Arts & Entertainments” ably and wittily demonstrates, our appetite for absurdity may be replacing our hunger for the divine.

Lucky Us: A Novel

Bloom, who knows redemption as well as anyone, brings her far-flung characters together in a moving final tableau, reminding a loyal reader of her finest work.

The Rush: America's Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848-1853

Dolnick has also succeeded admirably in putting a decidedly personal face on these general characteristics and in the process he has produced a highly readable and graphic account of an episode that changed America.

Remember Me Like This

It’s not a thriller, and it’s not even really a mystery, unless it’s an unsolved one, the exquisitely moral mystery of how we struggle to accept and love the people we call family, even when we can’t fully know them.

Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War

The book is a solid chunk of American history — detailing the culture’s failings, resilience and progress.

Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Marsh guides his narrative with a steady hand, although at times his indictment of German liberalism is searing.

Bulletproof Vest

“Bulletproof Vest” is ultimately a fitting tribute to Venegas’s father, remarkable for the courage it shows in not idealizing him.

Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War

She gives us a dynamic understanding of what it’s been like for Guard members who unexpectedly found themselves shipped off to the front lines of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, their lives and plans disrupted, their families thrown into disarray.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel

This is the kind of blah surrealism for which Mr. Murakami is so beloved by his fans, who will go to any lengths to justify why a minor book like “Colorless Tsukuru” still has the author’s special je ne sais quoi.

One Plus One: A Novel

One Plus One may be all formula, but it’s a tried and true equation that reminds us that all sorts of people can add up to a happy family.

We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel

Matthew Thomas’s devastating debut novel, “We Are Not Ourselves,” does not trumpet the fact that it’s an honest, intimate family story with the power to rock you to your core.

Tigerman: A novel

This fantastic book deserves to be widely read and long remembered.

Lucky Us: A Novel

Lucky Us comes to a satisfying conclusion that reinforces the themes of family — the kind you create, not necessarily the kind you are born with — and optimism that a new day brings new opportunities.