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The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931

With only a few years to go until then, we are still reckoning with the awful aftershocks of that era’s failures.


Revival: A Novel

Older and wiser each time he writes, Mr. King has moved on from the physical fear that haunted him after he was struck by a van while out walking to a more metaphysical, universal terror. He writes about things so inevitable that he speaks to us all.


Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man

In “Man Alive,” his new autobiography, McBee enlarges the study from a series of vignettes into a full, poetic narrative.


Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones

Though Mr. Trynka sometimes overstates Jones’s long-term cultural impact, his is revisionist history of the best kind — scrupulously researched and cogently argued — and should be unfailingly interesting to any Stones fan.


How to Breathe Underwater: Field Reports from an Age of Radical Change

He’s a prescient writer, and he knows what it means to be ambitious, eager, and full of potential. He knows what it means to grow up too.


Being Mortal

Widespread and lasting change in our attitudes to being mortal is possible. Maybe Gawande, who wields outsized cultural influence, can trigger it. In the meantime, I’ll be inviting myself over to my parents’ place for dinner this weekend.


The Slow Regard of Silent Things

There’s a sense that Rothfuss has chosen every one of those words with great care and precision, using them to tell a story that’s lyrical, heart-felt and unique.


Miracle Girls

One gets the sense Caschetta offers her readers an idealized version of the Catholic church as a safe-haven for all people, and where strict interpretation of the Bible goes both ways. I'm not sure this utopia is actually attainable, but within the world of Miracle Girls, you can almost believe it.


All My Puny Sorrows

“Sadness is what holds our bones in place,” Yoli thinks. Toews deepens our understanding of the pain found in Coleridge's poetry, which is the source of the book’s title.


Bad Country

There’s nothing out there quite like Bad Country. As a mystery, as a setting, and as a view on culture, it’s harsh.


A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel

A Brief History is, with dozens of characters and motives, impressively dizzying. Ultimately, it's also a beautiful mess.


Let Me Be Frank With You

It is, by turns, smart, annoying, funny, obnoxious and honest. In other words, it's a Richard Ford book.


In a Handful of Dust

In A Handful of Dust is the way YA dystopia was meant to be done.


Waistcoats & Weaponry

There is plenty of the characteristic Carriger humor and biting honesty for which fans love her novels.


A Curious Career

This book has its soft spots. Some of the long profiles she reprints here haven’t aged especially well; her short, witty accounts of these articles are often better than the whole schmear.


Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis

This is an astonishing look at love as tsunami, the wild violence of passion, and a young woman undone by her own heart. But a society’s rigid intolerance of same-sex love is a crime here as well.


Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars

You’ll learn much more about Young’s feel for cars than guitars.


Electric City: A Novel

The novel beautifully explores the ways we attach ourselves to a place, the ways we might escape it, and how these things, like the Hudson River, often flow both ways.


Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014

The emotional directness and honesty of every one of Munro’s narrators, both in this volume of selected stories and throughout her career, is chilling and unnerving, but also comforting and deeply exciting.


The Silent History

A'The Silent History,’ by Horowitz, Derby, Moffett: reviews a dystopian epic with a mysterious, unstoppable global epidemic type of plot goes, “The Silent History” is no better or worse than most products of its ilk.