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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.

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.