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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.

If I Fall, If I Die: A Novel

Despite some lovely moments, it’s frustrating to realize that the entire world beyond Will’s front door turns out to be nothing compared to what he’s left behind. One step outside, two steps back in.

Amnesia: A novel

This is Carey’s greatest power as a novelist, the seeming ease with which he reminds us that politics are everywhere, always.


With Outline, Cusk readily proves she has mastered that old writing trope that specificity breeds universality, her style moving precisely because it refuses to push a reader in any particular emotional direction.

The Just City

The Just City is a glorious example of one of the primary purposes of speculative fiction: serving as a map to the potentials and miseries of a possible world. But it is also a map that should be scrawled with the words, “here be dragons.”

Etta and Otto and Russell and James: A Novel

Etta and Otto and Russell and James strikes a genuinely emotional chord. But it’s a chord that Hooper’s chosen instrument is unable to sustain.

See How Small: A Novel

See How Small is a brutal, necessary and near perfect novel.

Unbecoming: A Novel

If you are looking for a modern suspenseful novel similar to The Goldfinch, then I think this would be a great starting place!

Honeydew: Stories

Ah, Edith Pearlman! Like the great writers on whose shoulders she stands, she works her paradoxes upon us.

The Deep

The Deep is actually quite good; an effective horror yarn, well-versed in atmospheric tension and a good dose of mutation-style gore.

The Just City

If you’re the kind of reader who keeps Edith Hamilton’s Mythology and Plato’s works handy at all times, and enjoys contemplating hard-core questions of sentience, justice, and free will, I’m confident that you’ll love The Just City.

Isabella: The Warrior Queen

Isabella offers the reader a deeply satisfying portrait of a fascinating and complex woman.

The Happiest People in the World: A Novel

Clarke orchestrates the inevitable collision by beckoning each character from across the world and assembling them at the Lumber Lodge under the watchful eye of the moose.

Indigo: A Novel

This is a book that deserves to be read. Do you want the pitch? It’s like Ned Bauman and Tom McCarthy had a drink with Jennifer Egan and wrote an exquisite corpse.

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

Ms. Leovy’s narrative has its share of clichés and mildly soggy moments, yet on the whole she’s a crisp writer with a crisp mind and the ability to boil entire skies of information into hard journalistic rain.

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

These senseless faits divers acquire logic only in the panorama, which is also where we are left with little choice but to perceive the virtual impossibility of the individual police officer’s task.


“Outline,” which reflects details from the author’s life as well as the narrator’s fascination with autobiography, renders everyday encounters in precise, almost anthropological detail.