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Thank You for Your Service

The stories of the soldiers and their families portrayed in “Thank You for Your Service” possess a visceral and deeply affecting power on their own that will haunt readers long after they have finished this book.

The Outcasts: A Novel

There is so much to gush about in this novel, I don’t know where to begin. The characterization is stupendous, the plot magnificent, the characters inter-connected, the creativity superb!

Bleeding Edge

If television usurped postmodern irony, the Internet has certainly inherited its paranoia, and Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge endeavors to subtly subvert this virtual creep.

The Kraus Project

Whether or not we’re being forced to join the new game is part of what The Kraus Project wrestles with. If it turns out that we are, this brave book may help readers articulate, for themselves and for others, how they’ll play it.

The Night Guest

This book is at once a beautifully imagined portrait of isolation and an unsettling psychological thriller.

Silencing Eve

It’s the age-old story, but it’s told with solid suspense and finesse.

Jim Henson: The Biography

For all its comprehensiveness, Jim Henson: The Biography can only go so deep into certain corners of Henson’s work.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

David And Goliath feels like one of Gladwell’s New Yorker articles stretched past his limit. Unfortunately, the book proves Steven Pinker right: Gladwell should stick to shorter works.

Alex: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy

Tricky, disturbing and ultimately affecting, “Alex” is a welcome addition to the rising tide of European crime fiction that has followed in the wake of Stieg Larsson’s death.

The Lowland

This is a contemporary novel only in the sense that it knows the brisk economy of the screenplay, or the efficient design of an Apple product.

Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater

He shines a heartening light on how one of those passionate heroes devoted himself, as Volpe himself puts it, to educating, rather than training, young people.

The Story of a New Name

Ferrante’s gift for recreating real life stems as much from the quiet, unhurried rhythm of her writing as from the people and events she describes.

A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel

Horn has taught Jewish literature and history, and her writing comes from a place of deep knowledge and research — but it sometimes leans a bit too heavily on its learning.

The Circle

If "The Circle" had been written five years ago, it would have seemed prophetic. Today, however, as public opposition mounts against privacy incursions by entities both corporate and governmental, the narrative feels somewhat heavy-handed.

The Lowland

"The Lowland" spans decades but never feels rushed or spread thin. Lahiri entrances us with her strong, incantatory storyteller's voice and vibrant images.

Traveling Sprinkler: A Novel

This is a joyful book, and a melancholy book, and a "political" book not because it talks about drone warfare, but because it is titled "Traveling Sprinkler."

A Beautiful Truth

A Beautiful Truth manages to parlay long established and widely disseminated scientific and anthropological facts into gripping and thought-provoking fiction.

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion ofSafety

For anyone who thinks the end of the Cold War lessened the danger of nuclear conflict, Schlosser says, the opposite is now true.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Gladwell doesn’t exactly follow the sermon he set out to give. If anything, the wider message of the book remains elusive.