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War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt

Kwarteng has written an engaging but radically incomplete history of money. Gold bugs will embrace it. I sincerely hope the Fed does not.


The Bone Clocks: A Novel

The Bone Clocks wants to come across as the next life will be better than the previous one. I say let’s try to get this one right before we worry about the next one. Tick tock goes .


The Bone Clocks: A Novel

The Bone Clocks is very ambitious and has enough goodies to be a very good book and worth reading, but not the best David Mitchell


A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
Slate : In Search of Transparency (September 11, 2014)

Allowed to exist in the fullness of this ambiguous proximity to love, even abjection can be a form of beauty. There is no sublimation, no transformation of it or its horrors, just a recognition that it exists, in the thick of things, arm in arm with love, with joy, and all the rest.


The Empathy Exams
Slate : The Flinch (April 08, 2014)

Jamison’s writing is often formally inventive, but never appears to be pursuing formal invention for its own sake; it’s always a case, rather, of the material demanding some radical style of treatment, like a condition with no obvious cure.


The Fame Lunches
Slate : All That Glitters (September 11, 2014)

The essays are so smart and delightful that it almost doesn’t matter whether they align with the world as we know it.


Station Eleven: A novel

The resulting sense of disappointment lingers long after the details of the novel fade into memory.


Five Days Left

It is a novel that everyone should experience.


The Marco Effect: A Department Q Novel

Another fabulous one from Jussi Adler-Olsen!


The Angel of Losses

In terms of subject and style this won't be a book that fits every reader's tastes - but what book ever does? It's likely too the kind of book that needs to be approached in a frame of mind.


Last Kiss

If you like books that are a fairly quick read and don’t mess with your head but do keep you hooked then you are really going to love Last Kiss.


The Emerald Light in the Air

Perfidia: A novel

“Perfidia” is a powerful roar of a story with wonderfully flawed characters and a richly conceived plot that will keep you turning every last one of its 700 pages.


The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

Goldstein’s thorough and nuanced book shows that teachers can have extraordinary impacts


10:04: A Novel
SF Gate : '10:04,’ by Ben Lerner (September 10, 2014)

Ben Lerner is a courageous chronicler of meditative ambulation, of the mind reflecting on its own vibrant thinking processes before they congeal into inert thoughts.


Station Eleven: A novel

It's a love letter to the resilience of humankind, and its ability to cope with the end of the world. And it's a love letter to creativity and art, one framed within a beautifully written piece of work.


Station Eleven: A novel
Kirkus Reviews : Station Eleven (September 09, 2014)

Mandel’s solid writing and magnetic narrative make for a strong combination in what should be a breakout novel.