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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

He’s already established himself as both a gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter.

Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival

Unflinchingly personal, “Body Counts” is equally impersonal; total honesty can sometimes have that effect.

An Officer and a Spy: A novel

The reader is given the satisfying spectacle of duty being done, of hard work turning into heroism, of justice resuscitated.

The Sixth Extinction

Ms. Kolbert shows in these pages that she can write with elegiac poetry about the vanishing creatures of this planet, but the real power of her book resides in the hard science and historical context she delivers here, documenting the mounting losses that human beings are leaving in their wake.

All Joy and No Fun

“All Joy and No Fun” inspired me to think differently about my own experience as a parent.

The Guts

The Guts finds him and his characters a little ways farther down the road, dealing with new problems, but still deserving attention and praise.


As a first novel, the next step in what I anticipate to be a prodigious career, Dust offers glimmers of Owuor's potential and talent. For now, though, these glimmers shine brighter in her shorter work.


"Ripper" offers, in its own way, an homage to a city known for its crime fiction greats.

Andrew's Brain: A Novel

Strange and oddly fascinating, this book: a musing, a conjecture, a frivolity, a deep interrogatory, a hymn.

The Visionist: A Novel

"Is anyone who we think they are?" asks Polly, and in this wise and haunting debut, the answer is provocative, passionate and profoundly redemptive.

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

It is art that eases our frustrations with a plot in which the “careless” escape and the dreamers are cut down, and it is to art that we are left wanting, ceaselessly, to return.

An Officer and a Spy: A novel

The period details are pitch-perfect yet unobtrusive, the dialogue flows effortlessly, and the action pulses with intensity.

Instructions for a Heatwave

“Instructions for a Heatwave” dutifully draws the reader through the keeping, and then the disclosure, of what has been concealed, but the novel’s pleasure and urgency lie in the indelibly familiar.

Flyover Lives: A Memoir

In Flyover Lives, she vividly reminds us that the country we're all from is the unfamiliar one called the past.

Leaving the Sea: Stories

Marcus writes so well that it’s still probably a tax worth paying.

The Crane Wife

The simplicity and tragedy of the story as well as the impeccable prose create a gorgeous novel on the cyclical and far-reaching aspects of love.

Call Me Burroughs: A Life

“Call Me Burroughs” isn’t a critical biography like Richard Ellmann’s “James Joyce.” But in every other respect, it’s a comparably magisterial work, exactingly researched and fascinating throughout.

Dept. of Speculation

Writing in short, staccato takes, Ms. Offill gives us strobe-lit glimpses of the world that the wife and her husband and their daughter inhabit.

Kirkus Reviews : Minders (January 30, 2014)

The thriller plot combines with contemporary class concerns for a thought-provoking and suspenseful read.