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Untold Damage

Untold Damage is an interesting crime debut, but it’s the story of Mark’s redemption that reeled me in.


The Perfect Ghost

Linda Barnes manages to make not just one but two twists both surprising and shocking.


Promise of Blood

It combines some of the grittiness found in the works of Joe Abercrombie with the type of structured magical system that Sanderson does so well.


Arclight

The journey with Marina was often exhilarating, surprising and never boring. Definitely one of the more interesting debuts I’ve been fortunate enough to read this year.


Tuesday's Gone

Still enigmatic and quiet, Frieda nonetheless seems much more vulnerable in Tuesday’s Gone, and the tension left over from the outcome of Blue Monday follows her everywhere, making for an increasingly taut read.


Simpler: The Future of Government

Sunstein’s firsthand knowledge and distinct humor give his account a real dynamism.


The Lost Daughter: A Memoir

A compassionate tale of soul-searching and family love.


The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement

Resolutely, proudly left wing/radical/anarchic with an exuberant optimism that usually keeps the tendentious text aloft.


Altai: A Novel

If you like your historical fiction with plenty of explosions and Turkish-inflected interjections (“I do not doubt that our Muezzinzade Ali Pahsa...will be able to stand up to the infidels”), this is right up your alley.


When She Came Home

Ultimately, in this heart-wrenching tale, Frankie figures out what she must do to help herself and her family.


The City of Devi: A Novel

Readers of The City of Devi are encouraged to look beyond the sordid details, like queasy museum visitors being reassured by the curator that apparently pornographic sculpture really only represents the harmony of the cosmos.


How Literature Saved My Life

This manic thirst for literary insight undiluted by novelistic trappings gives this book an unseemly enthusiasm that is more reminiscent of a speed-freak than the work of the fiftysomething university professor who actually wrote it.


Simpler: The Future of Government

Simplicity is a sound ambition but in a complex world we should also check for unintended consequences.


The Burgess Boys: A Novel

Somehow, in writing a novel, Strout has lost the story.


Life After Life: A Novel

There is a delight in the essence of this unusual fiction.


The Burgess Boys: A Novel

Strout is too gifted a writer to settle for a pat ending, and so some questions remain for the Burgess clan. What is never in doubt is how impeccably Strout brings these flawed people to life.


The Flamethrowers: A Novel

The Flamethrowers is a high-wire performance worthy of Philippe Petit. On lines stretched tight between satire and eulogy, she strolls above the self-absorbed terrain of the New York art scene in the 1970s, providing a vision alternately intimate and elevated.