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American Tropic

This neatly plotted book with an exotic setting rises to the level of ferocious dramatic polemic against some of the worst crimes against nature - and, by extension, humanity.


She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories

Ron Hansen is easily one of America's truest and finest living writers, and nowhere are Hansen's great skills more evident than in this masterful collection.


Tenth of December: Stories

Many of the 10 stories in "Tenth of December" are comfortable with making us uncomfortable. They go for the jugular instead of the funny bone, and they're capable of astounding, unnerving and delighting all at once.


Rage Is Back: A Novel

A rollicking, frenetic and hilarious jaunt through the (literal and figurative) New York City underworld, "Rage Is Back" is a nostalgic love letter to the city and the golden age of graffiti.


Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

It’s a minutiae-packed book full of wild stories and accusations about both L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder, and David Miscavige, his volatile successor


The Painted Girls: A Novel

The overall story is a tremendous achievement, and the book is fast-paced leap around Paris at a unique time in its history.


The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie demonstrates how African Americans have improvised lives around mean historical facts. We perceive a narrative composed of colour and sound: an orange dress, a purple sky, a wake-up horn; all that jazz.


Ways of Going Home

Complex yet sophisticated, the novel places Zambra at the spearhead of a new Chilean fiction.


The Explorer

The Explorer earns a “can’t miss” recommendation for its mind-bending, heart-wrenching, avalanche of a reading experience.


Without Warning

It is very accessible and although it can be a little long in places, anyone looking for a big, bold blockbuster-type holiday read could do a lot worse than read this one.


Earthseed

I thought Earthseed was pretty fantastic. It holds up well and fits in easily with the current teen releases especially those like Hunger Games and Beth Revis's Across the Universe trilogy.


Tenth of December: Stories

Tenth Of December, his fourth story collection and first in six years, maintains the high standard set by his previous collections, and it’s the most accessible book of his career.


Umbrella

It’s a funny, sad, surreal novel that aims high and reaches most of its lofty goals.


Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice

It’s a disappointing fumble to an otherwise satisfying read.


My Beloved World

Sotomayor's book is likely to be a best-seller not only because she has a great tale to tell and tells it well, but also because she is the first Hispanic to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.


The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

Leaving aside the weak arguments and the dreary exposition, there are periodic nuggets of fascinating research that do tell us more about who we are and why we came to be this way. But they are too few and too far between.