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The Wild Beasts of Wuhan

The fast pace and powerful protagonist add thrills to what might otherwise seem a low-stakes story—though the rampant product placement and morally questionable wrap-up will make this second installment in the series the last for some readers.


If You Were Here

If you're looking for a fast paced and intense new read this summer, you really can't go wrong with Alafair Burke!


Big Brother

The funny, ultimately redemptive story of a little sister devoting a year of her life to saving her brother’s.


The Eye of God

It’s a colorful, dangerous journey to a place that could mean apocalypse or salvation to the world. It won’t be easy to find out which way it goes!


Taipei

The worst thing about "Taipei," and also the best, is that every humdrum utterance of the narrative voice, every static, content-free description of a banal action or egocentric observation has authenticity.


The Faraway Nearby

The experiences Solnit shares — her mother's Alzheimer's, her own breast cancer scare — are important less in their own right than as part of a tapestry composed out of everything she's ever thought or read.


The Son

Meyer writes with such considerable scope, and so well, about the awful events that allowed the United States to wrest that land from the Mexicans and the Indians.


Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

For this summer, it’s a pleasant, entertaining read in a tabloid magazine sort of way.


Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today

Sit back and relax? That’s a relic of the past.


Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

It’s a fascinating read, and it will be interesting to see what becomes of her unconventional, all-too-human private eye.


Unknown Pleasures

In “Unknown Pleasures” Hook wrestles with Joy Division’s failure to recognize the obvious: that the sick young man singing songs center stage about death was actually ready to die. It’s compelling.


The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II

Though “The Deserters” is not the “hidden history” its publisher seems to wish it to be, it does provide an intimate look at the whys and wherefores of three men who opted out of the front lines.


Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands

Like her or loathe her, Thatcher was a colossus. Moore’s biography does her justice.


TransAtlantic: A Novel

A book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is bound to be a little inconsistent, and its strengths far outweigh its weaknesses.


Big Brother

Even if obesity were not so prominently in the news, having been newly designated a disease by the American Medical Association, “Big Brother” would have the power to provoke.


The Faraway Nearby

Empathy seems to compose The Faraway Nearby’s central cause, the burning plea that keeps alight its candle in the darkness.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Through Gaiman’s words, we become the children we once were, the innocents we assumed we had lost, this time bringing the awareness of our adult lives with us.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Gaiman's intelligence and his skill as a writer – to this reviewer at least – are best mobilised in the adult writing he purports to eschew; his account of real human drama, relationships, sensibility, emotions, thought.


The Flamethrowers: A Novel

Despite Kushner's immense talents, what she has not achieved in this book is the incarnation of her ideas in character and world that make novels so engrossing to read – and so very hard to write.


The Bling Ring

This book though, with its depth of insight into extremes of shallowness, and its human scale, reads like a minor classic of our times.