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She of the Mountains
Bookslut : She of the Mountains (November 06, 2014)

While the narrative dealing with deities is entertaining and allows Shraya to let his poetic voice and knack for visionary prose flow beautifully, it's the less fantastic tale of love and identity that elevates the book.


The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House

“The Stranger” nonetheless provides the lay reader with a brisk, if depressing overview of the Obama White House, while giving Washington insiders plenty of colorful new details.


True Fire

True Fire may not be the greatest novel ever written, but it is entertaining and fun. Sometimes, that is all one needs in a book.


Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia

You might not have heard of him, and after you have read this book you might wish you had not heard of him, but you will certainly have enjoyed reading about his life, thanks to the verve of Emmanuel Carrère’s exhilarating narration.


The Slow Regard of Silent Things

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a charming, if rather melancholic tale, that leaves the reader feeling rather sad that it has finished.


Ugly Girls
Kirkus Reviews : Ugly Girls (November 05, 2014)

In a haunting portrait of longing, Hunter forces the reader to relate to a wide array of human ugliness.


Ugly Girls

If all Hunter wanted to do was shock, she succeeds, but if she wanted to make a larger point, it was lost in all the shouting.


See You in Paradise

Much like his contemporaries Kevin Wilson or Wells Tower, Lennon is one of those writers who defies categorization and is as likely to fit comfortably into Weird Tales as he is into Granta.


See You in Paradise

Each of the stories spins together into the whole and makes this collection that oh-so-rare example of being greater than the sum of its individual parts. And those individual parts are all good.


See You in Paradise

Lennon’s book straddles the line between pain and ecstasy, between sadness and great joy. The message of his stories seems to be that we have to be careful about what we let into our lives; getting too close to pain in pursuit of pleasure can undo us.


The Walled City

The Walled City is a sober reminder that life for many is utterly horrendous.


Yes Please

“Yes Please” reminds you of that squeaky fact: Even smart, hilarious people, the ones you wish were your great friends, sometimes can’t write.


The Heart Does Not Grow Back

For a novel that wants to probe the nature of healing in a grippingly speculative way, The Heart Does Not Grow Back could use a transfusion of imagination.


Shark

Shark will latch on to you and pull you under if you're not careful — and that's a good thing.


Deeper Than the Grave: A Tai Randolph Mystery

Tai’s fourth connects murders past and present—not to mention the mystery and the hot-sheets romance—with gratifying conviction.


Bad Country
Kirkus Reviews : Bad Country (November 04, 2014)

An outstanding first novel written with clarity and authority and featuring a Southwest whose spare beauty covers unspeakable crimes and a detective who’s tough, honorable and authentic to the core.


Thrown

Thrown is the best sort of essay, not an argument, but an antidote.


The Laughing Monsters

The Laughing Monsters appears to be exploring what makes people belong anywhere, what sacrifices it takes to shed where they’re from, and how to go unnoticed in a place they might not be entirely welcome.


The Laughing Monsters

This story of disguised lives should still help Johnson’s progress out of the publishing shadows.


All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid

Mr. Bai adroitly shows us how an array of forces was converging to change the dynamics of political coverage.