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Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

Though the book’s language is often technical — readers should be prepared to grapple with hydrogen explosions, probabilistic risk assessments and the need to install filters in the hardened containment vents of boiling water reactors — its message is unabashedly activist.


Wondrous Beauty: The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte

Unfortunately for Berkin, a skilled storyteller and exemplary researcher, the remainder of Betsy’s life is marked by extraordinary bitterness and one depressing domestic scene after another.


Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War

“Five Came Back” enables us to watch the films of Ford, Capra, Wyler, Huston and Stevens with new insight.


By Blood We Live

“By Blood We Live” careers to a satisfying and poignant ending that still leaves ample room for a continuation of this epic, with the Vatican joining forces with politicians to fan the flames of violent supernatural intolerance.


Dept. of Speculation

Life is full of impossible contradictions, just like the art that tries to capture it. This is what makes Offill's novel brave and good.


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

Thirty Girls

Minot jabs at the heart of what it means to be white and privileged in a world riddled with racial prejudice and class inequality.


All Our Names

All Our Names injects a refreshing novelty to “the novel” as an artifact of experience.


Moth and Spark: A Novel

An epic fantasy recommended for readers far more interested in romance and character interactions than wide-screen worldbuilding and action.


My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha

The author wants us to be better than we are.


The Headmaster's Wife

Although “The Headmaster’s Wife” may not, finally, go quite as deep as those Russian novels it invokes, it is deeply felt, nevertheless, and utterly absorbing.


The Weight of Blood: A Novel

An exciting and yet highly uncomfortable thriller that makes one question the skeletons that may exist in his or her own family closet.


Bark: Stories

She is a forensically brave writer, acutely attuned to life’s randomness, with a semantic virtuosity rarely equalled.


The Sixth Extinction

Kolbert is a witty, deft writer with an eye for vivid colour.


Nil

It didn’t actively make me mad but I definitely felt like I wasted my time reading this.


That Part Was True

A romance that shows love can come at any stage in life and often when least expected.


The Martian: A Novel

What’s terrific about The Martian is that it is smart, at times nail-biting, realistic and ultimately an uplifting story about what mankind can accomplish, even when things don’t go as smoothly as planned.


Half Bad

Sally Green’s Half Bad is the perfect novel for inspiring one to despise all of humanity or fall onto the ground and weep pathetically. Needless to say, it is an excellent book.


Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Matthew Quick’s Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is a wonderful book, one that touched me deeply.


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

In this book, the philosopher is literally dropped into the 21st century to demonstrate his relevance, debating Google engineers and talk-show hosts.