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Accidentally Dead, Again

The plot is A+ stuff, involving a vampires dying horrifically amidst the mystery of Sam’s transformation, which casts a long (and narratively effective) shadow over the burgeoning supernatural romance between Sam and Phoebe.


The Man Who Sold the World

Yes, his book occasionally sags under the weight of his completist impulses. But it's still packed with insight, a go-to text for anyone who wants to understand what Doggett calls "the uncanny strangeness of the seventies Bowie," and the creative process that led to his artistic breakthroughs.


Battleborn

Through remarkably assured writing that manages to be both bristly and brittle, Watkins chronicles despair and loneliness, catalogs valiant fights for survival and desperate pleas to be heard, and every time has us rooting for her underdogs.


Sorry Please Thank You: Stories

The stories deliver more than their fair share of bitter laughs, philosophical conundrums and existential gut punches.


Rapture

This book was too much romance and not enough action, but if you’re into romance, you will enjoy this book probably.


The Age of Miracles

The novel’s wondrous momentum rolls on with the insistence of the restless surf that swallows the beachfront homes; you can’t stop reading if you try.


Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus

With its range and sure-footed command of its material, Rabid covers the ground like an animal that knows just what it’s after and how to find it.


Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

Double Cross suffers from the usual hazards of group biography — at times it’s hard to track who’s doing what, as the deception becomes progressively more complex and dangerous. But mostly it’s a tale of smarts, personal courage and suspense.


The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

A rumpled retiree determines to walk 500 miles, believing his hope-filled steps will keep his dying friend alive. The premise seems quaint and predictable, but morphs gracefully into a smart, subtle, funny, painful, weirdly personal novel.


Broken Harbor: A Novel

Tana French leaves us lost in a dark labyrinth in which the Minotaur is never conquered, navigating a deceptively placid, reflective sea under which the terrible reefs of the past wait patiently to wreak havoc with the most seasoned traveller.


American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home 1945-2000

A liberal-minded but still evenhanded primer for all students of U.S. history.


Broken Harbor: A Novel

While it’s a first-rate mystery, it’s still merely an exemplar of a genre French already transcended.


Harry Lipkin, Private Eye: A Novel

In spite of its surprising poignancy, Harry Lipkin is, above all, a fun read. It aims to please more than anything else, making it a quick joy, rather than a masterwork.


The Prisoner of Heaven

It’s arguable that imagination is a functional defense against political oppression, but most of the imagination on display here doesn’t even make a good defense against boredom.


The Infinite Tides

His debut aims for the stars, but it never takes off.


Alif the Unseen

“Alif the Unseen” is true and scary — and ends on a note of well-earned hope. It doesn’t take magical powers to predict it will be one of the year’s best-loved books.


Ten Girls to Watch: A Novel

I’d absolutely recommend “Ten Girls to Watch” as an uplifting novel about the daily struggles that we all see (in a broad sense) and some lighthearted encouragement reminding us that we’re all equipped to work through everything that comes our way.


Body, Inc.

A master of the genre, Alan Dean Foster provides the science behind the fiction


Distant Thunders: Destroyermen

Taylor Anderson leaves us with a couple of cliffhangers and gives us plenty of reason to read the next volume.