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Almost Famous Women: Stories

Bergman right now may be an "almost famous woman" herself — a recognized minor name in contemporary literature. But if she keeps on writing these kinds of intense, richly imagined tales, who knows where she'll end up?


Mr. Mac and Me

In lushly atmospheric prose, Freud captures the rain-whipped seascape and vividly describes already dying arts like the spinning of hemp into twisted ropes


Wake: A Novel

A moving account of a collection of lost souls searching for their place in life.


In Real Life

In Real Life can feel a bit like Julian Barnes’s Talking It Over rewritten by a modern Morrissey who has spent too much time analysing his Facebook friend requests.


In Real Life

It’s a heartening book that generally avoids mawkish sentimentality, and is funny in a low-key way. You might not LOL, but you’ll probably crack a smile or two.


Driving the King

Considering how much license Howard takes with Cole's life story, the narrative is curiously inert, though not without its moments of grace and pathos.


Don't Let Him Know

There is a weight here, but like Romola and Avinash and Amit, we cannot quite access it or the tangled center of the novel's heart.


There Was and There Was Not

“There Was and There Was Not” (the title is the stock story opener in several Middle Eastern cultures) is the sensitive, inquiring, somewhat naïve account of this defeat.


When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II

Manning, a writer and an attorney, is most interested in sketching — in broad strokes — the experience of reading on the battlefield or aboard a troop ship.


The Match Girl and the Heiress

The story Koven tells can be engrossing, as long as the reader is comfortable with (or immune to) his weakness for critical theory lingo


The Season of Migration

Her searching empathy and exacting passion accrue as brush strokes on a canvas, until at last we may stand back, perceive the whole and let it enter us.


Mr. Mac and Me

It is in the handling of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s life story that this moving novel sometimes falters.


Guantánamo Diary

“Guantánamo Diary” forces us to consider why the United States has set aside the cherished idea that a timely trial is the best way to determine who deserves to be in prison.


Modernity Britain: 1957-1962

The result is a vivid snapshot of how Britain experienced the late 1950s and early ’60s that emphasizes, rather than blurs, its complexity and contradictions.


The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself

Grant’s book is a lively exercise in economic nostalgia, a game effort to build a bridge to the pre-New Deal era when the tax burden was tiny, the dollar defined by gold and government let business do as it would.


Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!

Mayer deserves to be remembered as someone more than just the woman who took a big job in a male-dominated industry while pregnant, even if it means being known for failing to save Yahoo.


Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey

The lack of momentum allows for delicate, bleak moments of reflection, which would be swept aside by a more driven narrative.