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It Will End with Us

Savage’s is a book of the heart as much as the head. Which is itself an accomplishment of no small note: to recognize the arbitrary, degraded thing that is memory, and allow it its loveliness for all of that.


All Eyes are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn

It is certainly possible that when this decade ends it will have confirmed the relevance of W. E. B. Du Bois’s grim prophecy about America’s everlasting racism. Jason Sokol’s exceptional “All Eyes Are Upon Us” prepares us for just such a possibility.


Cowardice: A Brief History

His book is much more of a social and cultural survey of attitudes toward cowardice during various periods of American history.


My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir

History can only be served by this kind of attention. Man must look at what he has done. And Turner looks, brilliantly.


Lives in Ruins

“Lives in Ruins” leaves you with a tantalizing notion: The past is everywhere around us, and the forgotten is always underfoot.


China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice

Truman chose an ineffective middle road: side with Chiang, but not too much. Bernstein blames American domestic politics for this diluted policy, and there is some truth to that. But Truman had no better option.


Sailing the Forest

He writes poems about the body, and that’s where they hit you, and that’s where they seem determined to stay.


The First Bad Man: A Novel

The first novel by the filmmaker and artist Miranda July is like one of those strange mythological creatures that are part one thing, part another — a griffin or a chimera, perhaps, or a sphinx.


City of Dark Magic: A Novel

It was a good debut novel and I am glad that I read this though I am disappointed that I read this after reading the second book, I would much rather have read this one and then book two. Luckily I have the second book to re-read!


Wildalone
Bookreporter : Wildalone (January 08, 2015)

[T]he mysteries and backstories are compelling and the reliance on mythologies, especially the mostly unfamiliar samodivi tales, are inventive and the highlights of the novel.


Russian Tattoo: A Memoir

RUSSIAN TATTOO is a gripping story, Elena Gorokhova is a clear-voiced and human narrator, and her life is captivating without becoming incomprehensible.


After the Fall
Bookreporter : After the Fall (January 08, 2015)

Gussin, who practiced medicine and worked in medical research, uses her vast knowledge of the field to solidify her medical thrillers in an easy-to-follow storyline. After The Fall intrigues with twists and chills that keep her fans turning the pages.


Winter at the Door: A Novel

Lizzie Snow is a feisty and smart character with an excellent future. Sarah Graves has created a heroine with all of the attributes readers look for in their cops.


Descent: A Novel
Bookreporter : Descent (January 08, 2015)

It is everything a novel should be: unpredictable, poignant, ironic, redemptive, and beautifully and wonderfully told.... Oh, and if you have children, you will want to construct a portable security fence around them.


Hold Tight, Don't Let Go

A powerful coming-of-age story of survival, Hold Tight, Don't Let Go is clearly earmarked to be an award-winning novel and an iconic favorite for teen and adult readers.


Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

It is a testament to Mr. Kotkin’s skill that even after almost a thousand pages, one wants more.


Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Chasing the Scream is a powerful contribution to an urgent debate, but this is its central problem: in contrast to the often brutal realities it describes, it uses the gauche journalistic equivalent of the narrative voice found in Mills & Boon novels.


Watch Me: A Memoir

Engaging and laced with mourning, Huston’s memoir has a coda of which her father would be envious. I won’t spoil it for you, but what the medium said is damned funny and I absolutely believe every word.


The Teenage Brain

The Teenage Brain is an excellent source of guidance for those parents with teenagers hoping to arm themselves with as much information as possible. After all, knowledge is power, and in a battle of wills against teenagers, every little bit helps.