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Love Me Back: A Novel

The readers who dare themselves to get lost in this book, to get lost as Marie is lost, will be rewarded — not by a story they can cheer, then tuck away, but by bracing and beautiful writing alive with the passion of radical truth.

The Hilltop: A Novel

These stories are interesting but take us out of the main narrative. More important is the human drama and, yes, the human comedy.

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

'The world is vicious and beautiful and, to some extent, unexplainable,' writes the author. 'But that doesn't stop us from wanting a story.' This is quite a story, masterfully rendered

Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe: A Biography

Gefter draws on interviews and considerable research to create a richly detailed portrait of a connoisseur who defied convention in the art world and in his own life.

Hiding in Plain Sight: A Novel

An unassuming triumph of straightforward, topical storytelling that both adds to and augments a body of work worthy of a Nobel Prize.

Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China

A deftly written and entertaining memoir that offers a fresh perspective on contemporary China and the people caught in its rapid transformation.

Mermaids in Paradise: A Novel

An admirable example of a funny novel with a serious message that works swimmingly. Dive in.

Captive Paradise
Kirkus Reviews : Captive Paradise (November 04, 2014)

A pertinent work of keen understanding of the complex Hawaiian story.

No Man's Land
Kirkus Reviews : No Man's Land (November 04, 2014)

Both the incisiveness and the perspective—of a civilian professor and the military students she loves and mourns—enrich readers’ appreciation for the psychological complexities of war and its aftermath.

A Map of Betrayal: A Novel

Subtle, masterful and bittersweet storytelling that operates on a number of different levels.

The Peripheral

Gibson remains as unnervingly prophetic as ever, making his futures feel like they’re just around the corner, products of humankind’s inability to act when necessary, transforming a sci-fi whodunit into a work of fiction that feels both ahead of its time and frighteningly relevant to today’s world.

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

This book on “slavery’s second life in the United States” is highly recommended to those who want to understand the evolution of our African-American heritage and its centrality to the nation’s political and economic history, not to mention the shameful blow to America’s stated ideals.

SFFWorld : Horns by Joe Hill (October 31, 2014)

Horns was a terrific read which helps to bolster Joe Hill’s already high status in my personal pantheon of storytellers/writers.

Down in the River

With his deft evocation of the darker places in modern landscapes and human minds, Blacketter has created a complex and elegantly structured edifice of memory and loss—a geography that feels profoundly apocalyptic and dystopian, and yet, at the same time, recognizably our own.

Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair

Whether read from cover to cover or dipped into occasionally, this collection serves as a fine primer to one magazine’s contribution to a golden age of American magazine writing.

Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism

A superb, quietly devastating environmental and business history.

How We Fall
Kirkus Reviews : How We Fall (November 03, 2014)

A sweetly written mix of mystery and romantic turmoil.

The Burning Room
Kirkus Reviews : The Burning Room (November 03, 2014)

Expect Bosch to uncover a nest of vipers as powerful as they are untouchable, but don’t expect him to emerge from his Herculean labors a happy man.

Walking the Border: A Journey Between Scotland and England

Crofton has kept neat limits to his exploration of border culture. I would encourage him to go deeper as well into this surrealist hinterspace. It is a Mad God’s Own Country.

The Peripheral

Like the best of Gibson's early, groundbreaking work, it offers up the same kind of chewy, tactile future that you can taste and smell and feel on your skin; that you believe, immediately, like some impossible documentary, because the thing that Gibson has always been best at is offering up futures haunted by the past.