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Kinder Than Solitude: A Novel

A murder mystery, properly executed, is a wonderful thing, and Li shows great dexterity at delaying the explanation of Shaoai’s murder till the last possible moment.


The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld

The title of his memoir of this period, “The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld,” suggests something grand and magic realist (or perhaps mock-grand and magic realist), but mainly what we get are straightforward accounts of his experience


Children of Paradise

Despite the fact that the fate of Jones­town is well known — and I spent years researching my own nonfiction book on the tragedy — the end of “Children of Paradise” was still raw and powerful enough to make me weep.


The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

Kaku thinks with great breadth, and the vistas he presents us are worth the trip even if some of them turn out to be only dreamscapes.


Quesadillas

Villalobos mines Mexico for its everyday surrealism, even as he mocks how outsiders exoticize his country.


Bread and Butter

Three words for you: Food Nerds Unite.


Shotgun Lovesongs

Mr. Butler makes his characters sufficiently different to create all sorts of memorable interactions when their paths cross.


The Story of the Jews

As much as Mr. Schama revels in the language of Jewish religious texts, it’s the secular commentary he more often thrills to.


The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move?

A well-written consideration of how, “in the next two decades, we will be able to predict huge areas of the future with far greater accuracy than ever before in human history, including events long thought to be beyond the realm of human interference.”


Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel

Oyeyemi’s perfectly crafted prose ensures that the three title characters and the hauntingly beautiful settings in which they interact will stay with you for a long time.


Two Sisters
Bookreporter : Two Sisters (March 07, 2014)

A nuanced account exploring the bonds of family, along with the long-term repercussions of secrets and lies.


Influx
Bookreporter : Influx (March 07, 2014)

Daniel Suarez has successfully introduced technology and themes that will engage all readers. Influx has enough suspense and intrigue to keep the pages turning right up to the climactic finale.


Black Horizon

What Grippando does successfully here is wade through real events and fictionalizes them in a compelling story that will resonate with readers.


Murder in Pigalle

Black takes her intimate knowledge of the nooks and crannies of Paris and flawlessly weaves them into the tapestry of the story while giving the reader history and culture lessons that go down quickly and smoothly as the plot intrigue plays out.


Redeployment

Our fighting men and women deserve many things, from ticker-tape parades to decent veterans’ benefits to truthful rationales from the policymakers who send them into harm’s way. But at the very least, they deserve the right to challenge the perceptions of anyone who wasn’t there.


A Circle of Wives

Exhilarating and smart, "A Circle of Wives" is a wild ride of love, loss, marriage and murder, with a finale that's provocative, thrilling and grand.


Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel

"Boy, Snow, Bird," her strongest novel to date, explores how race is in the eye of the beholder in a way that is, as befits the best fairy tales, thoroughly spellbinding.


E. E. Cummings: A Life

Cheever revives Cummings as a gregarious, quirky iconoclast through her evocative prose.


Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade

Kirn's voice throughout is witty and sharp. His canny, deceptively casual organization of the narrative heightens suspense, and the words and images in his flowing prose cut like laser beams.


Pioneer Girl: A Novel

The complexities of race, assimilation and cultural stereotypes are thoughtfully observed.