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Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture

“Rebel Music” offers helpful insights on the globalization of youth cultures, the new hybrids that this creates and the efforts of modern nation-states to harness music’s social and spiritual power.


Delicious!: A Novel

“Delicious!” is amiable enough and its heart, like the hearts of Sammy the travel writer and the Fontanaris, is certainly in the right place, but it is a surprisingly amateurish performance for a writer as skilled and versatile as Reichl.


Reagan at Reykjavik

The weakness of Adelman’s account is that he doesn’t do justice to Gorbachev’s radical ambitions.


The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas

“The True American” gives you new eyes on your nation, makes you wonder about both the recent South Asian immigrant behind the counter at the food mart and the tattooed white man behind you in line.


Jack of Spies

It’s always entertaining, sometimes a bit too much so, as McColl triumphs too easily in improbable adventures.


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a book for people who love books, who recognize a story well-told for what it is, and for the power it contains.


The Bees
Kirkus Reviews : The Bees (May 09, 2014)

Paull deserves kudos for a daring idea, but the resulting work is burdened by a heavy dose of explication.


Young God

A great debut from a writer to watch.


Young God

Morris writes brilliantly in short, spasmodic chapters, but her vision borders on despair.


The Long War

The Long War is as good as I had hoped for. You may need to read the first novel before understanding some of the events and characters herein, yet in the end, this is another great page-turner.


Authority

Authority deepens the mystery of Area X magnificently at the same time as showing us the other side of the story begun in book one.


The Word Exchange: A Novel

Graedon’s novel is rowdy with its judgment of intellectual laziness, and the author’s almost heavy-handed love of the written and printed word comes through constantly. Here


Fall With Me

While I enjoyed Fall With Me I did feel as if the ending was a little abrupt after everything the characters had to go through to be together.


Casebook: A novel

All in all this was a book that just didn't completely draw me in in part because I kept waiting for the mystery to begin.


Ember Island: A Novel

Perfectly written, I very highly recommend it.


Worst. Person. Ever.

This is a twisted, fun house version of a Jeeves and Wooster novel, but crammed to the rafters with lines you wouldn’t dare repeat to Aunt Agatha.


Delicious!: A Novel

It’s a gauzy ode to the liberating virtues of pleasure, glazed with warmth and uplift, so feebly written and idea free that it will make you wonder if the energy we’ve been putting into food these last few decades hasn’t made us each lose, on average, a dozen I.Q. points.


American Innovations

Galchen’s stories feel remarkably believable, despite their suggestion of alternate worlds and lives. This is a collection to read and keep on the bookshelf. It will stand the test of time.


Afterparty

Afterparty is one of those odd books that’s really dark when you look at it closely, but at the same time is just a blast to read thanks to the fast-paced plot, tons of action, and chipper dialogue.


The Blazing World: A Novel

I find Hustvedt’s The Blazing World to be a reminder of our contemporary situation—our society’s still-early strainings against the binary—which contextualises our science fiction, which is not as far from Sheldon’s time as we’d like.