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Sisters of Treason: A Novel

Definitely a book not to overlook, especially if you are a fan of English history!


Half a King

Joe Abercrombie’s storytelling is more concise in Half A King and as sharp as ever with wit and deft prose.


The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present

In his engaging new book, “The Nile,” Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson explores the importance of that river to the myriad civilizations that have lived and died on its banks.


Rogue Elephant: Harnessing the Power of India¿s Unruly Democracy

Even though the book does not trace the rise of Modi, it makes abundantly clear why the Singh government lost, paving the way for precisely the sort of politician who doesn’t appear to care much about the liberal, secular and democratic fabric of the country that Denyer so admires.


Falling Out of Time

“Falling Out of Time” identifies these mourners, the ones who are a few years out, as walkers moving into another stage of grief. They are everywhere shadowed by what has happened to them.


Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals

She has written a book at once angrier, and more fun, more attuned to our time and more bizarre, than most poetry can ever get, a book easy to recommend for people who do not read new poetry often — as well as for almost all the people who do.


Friendship

There is genuine tenderness and complication between Bev and Amy, and the novel’s best moments occur when the pair are allowed to just sit and chat about their imperfect starter lives.


Fear: A Novel of World War I

Chevallier’s narrative remains radioactive with pure terror, frightening in a way later accounts don’t quite manage.


The People's Platform

“The People’s Platform” should be taken as a challenge by the new media that have long claimed to be improving on the old order.


Bicentennial: Poems

In his fourth book of poems, “Bicentennial,” Dan Chiasson is after beauty of a kind, so his poems are often beautiful, odd and quite moving.


Midnight in Europe

It’s this kind of passing detail, blending the comic and the tragic, briefly redirecting the reader’s attention toward the million different wars going on all at once, that gives “Midnight in Europe” its terrific texture of reality.


The Great Glass Sea

“The Great Glass Sea” is not an alternative history, then, but a fantastical vision inspired by bits and pieces of Russian language, history and culture. It is beautifully baffled by the mysterious Russian soul.


This Blue

Underlying much of “This Blue” is a sense of a world that’s cracked and cracking.


The Book of Life: A Novel

When done well, as it is here, this sort of fiction provides characters who are recognizably human in their desires and actions even if most of them are creatures with supernatural powers.


War of the Whales: A True Story

By telling the sonar-and-the-whales story in such detail and breadth, the author may provoke a more substantial debate about what human advances and priorities are doing to the rest of the planet.


A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States

Imperfect Union is truest to its own stated cartoon conquest when it plumbs lesser-known stories — and actually lives up to its battle cry of saying “Enough!” of focusing solely on those great dead white men.


Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a personal journey but it also reminds us not to forget.


Mating for Life: A Novel

While suspense is likely out of the equation, readers looking for some light escapism in the vein of Love Actually, with other rom-coms sprinkled liberally in the mix, will find that time with this novel passes at an easeful clip.