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The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet

The Idealist isn’t just the tragic story of Aaron Swartz. Peters uses Swartz’s life to look at the broad, “mutable social relationships” that constitute intellectual-property policies.

Mr. Splitfoot

Hunt has created an episodic picaresque that is undeniably strange and often intriguing, but the isolated parts are frequently more interesting than the unified whole.

Black Wings Has My Angel

Black Wings Has My Angel is an unequivocal classic, capable of teaching generations of writers to come how to pen a perfect noir tale.

The Unfinished World: And Other Stories

Sparks blends the lines between dreams and wakefulness, the living and the dead, and speaks to all of us who get caught somewhere in the middle, unable to choose which world we belong to.

Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature

This is a great collection for people who write personal stories or have always wanted to, but don’t know where to start.

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain

Anglophiles will find Bryson’s field notes equally entertaining and educational.

Orphan X
Kirkus Reviews : Orphan X (January 28, 2016)

With his digital-age The Avenger, Hurwitz races by minor plot holes and spins a web of relentless intrigue with bursts of tensely sketched violence.

Warriors of the Storm

Cornwell's latest is often bloody, sometimes ribald, but always smartly done. Fans might be disappointed with this effort’s brevity, though, and new readers will be better served by beginning at the start of the series.

River Road
Kirkus Reviews : River Road (January 19, 2016)

A tired plot and the cliché of a heroine who does exactly what the police have asked her not to do make this a thin read.

The Forgotten Room: A Novel

Focusing on both a family and a single location throughout time makes for a compelling and emotionally worthwhile novel.

Moonlight Over Paris

Writing about a young art student restless for adventure in postwar Paris seems like a promising idea. Sadly, Robson delivers a dim tale devoid of moonlight.

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body
Kirkus Reviews : Cure (January 19, 2016)

A balanced, informative review of a controversial subject.

Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World

A cleareyed account of man’s inhumanity to man and Earth. Read it to get informed, and then take action.

The Man Without a Shadow

The maze of memory is an ideal setting for Oates’ trademark mixture of melodrama and pathos.

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

A valuable contribution to the study of modern electoral politics in an age that Theodore White, and perhaps even Hunter S. Thompson, would not recognize.

The Illegal: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : The Illegal (January 25, 2016)

The settings may be imaginary, but the perils rendered here are as real as the front-page stories in this morning's newspaper about refugees desperate for safety in Western countries reluctant to welcome them.

A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham

Thrilling adventures presented with the flair they deserve.

A Prisoner in Malta

Ebullient persiflage spiced with high-level intrigue, a covey of double and triple agents, and enough action scenes for a summer movie. Eat your heart out, James Bond.

Coconut Cowboy
Kirkus Reviews : Coconut Cowboy (January 26, 2016)

Dorsey’s 19th keeps the body count low but the energy high as he proves again that enough is enough, but too much is plenty.

Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine

Not everyone’s cup of tea to be sure, but a pleasing foray in short-short fiction.