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The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return

This book is a primer to a war as horrific as any in the 20th century.


Visible City

She shows the city for what it is behind all its windows and walls: a vast constellation of those “truthful moments” her heroine seeks, as numerous as the stars.


Savage Harvest

“Savage Harvest” turns into a taut thriller, but it gets off to a shaky start.


The Empathy Exams

It’s hard to imagine a stronger, more thoughtful voice emerging this year.


The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities

Ultimately, Mr. Cohan’s account is valuable for what the case says about wealth and our legal system.


A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

Leibovitz makes a convincing case that Cohen has claimed his rightful place within the prophetic tradition that inspired him all along.


Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind

The truth is that Stone’s great success probably has less to do with his own teachings than with just being at the right place at the right time.


The Blazing World: A Novel

‘The Blazing World” is Siri Hustvedt’s best novel yet, an electrifying work with a titanic, poignantly flawed protagonist.


American Romantic

“American Romantic” is the best new work of American fiction I have read in a very long time.


Congo

Van Reybrouck covers all this in engrossing detail, concluding with an account of the current agony of eastern Congo. His book is a valuable addition to the rich literature that Congo has inspired.


In Paradise: A Novel

Like the rest of Matthiessen’s vast body of work, “In Paradise” leads us into questions that define our most profound mysteries.


Hyde

“Hyde” is a sometimes demanding novel, as we move between one man’s warring minds, but it offers many surprises and rich, often intoxicating prose. It’s a fascinating read.


A Life in Men: A Novel

This serious and sometimes bold story tries to rise above the chick lit genre, and sometimes it succeeds. But a plethora of implausible coincidences relegates "A Life in Men" to the best-of-its-genre stacks.


The Blazing World: A Novel

Despite its intensity, "The Blazing World" concerns ambivalence: that of both genders toward patriarchy; the lure of fame, and the art world's infatuation with appearances; the undermining power of unconscious motivation.


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

The book's major oversight is that it doesn't delve deeply into estimates of how much oil and gas shale might yield in the long run.


Love and Treasure

Waldman reaches thoughtfully into an epic sweep of complex issues related to identity, home, dislocation and feminism, and illuminates her ideas through the critical junctures of the journeys of both the pendant and the painting.


Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

Much of the book is a charming love letter to New Orleans and its recovery from Hurricane Katrina and its unique character. It’s also a celebration of family.


In Paradise: A Novel

In Paradise allows Peter Matthiessen to once again demonstrate that he remains one of our most powerful writers.


Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

Lewis’s primary achievement is in making the opaque world of high-frequency trading (HFT), in which computer algorithms execute millions of trades within seconds, accessible and sometimes even thrilling to the lay reader.


The Divorce Papers: A Novel

The "woe that is in marriage" remains a great subject. Working it out in what the novelist calls "Epistolary 2.0" only adds to its pleasures.