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A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
Slate : In Search of Transparency (September 11, 2014)

Allowed to exist in the fullness of this ambiguous proximity to love, even abjection can be a form of beauty. There is no sublimation, no transformation of it or its horrors, just a recognition that it exists, in the thick of things, arm in arm with love, with joy, and all the rest.


The Empathy Exams
Slate : The Flinch (April 08, 2014)

Jamison’s writing is often formally inventive, but never appears to be pursuing formal invention for its own sake; it’s always a case, rather, of the material demanding some radical style of treatment, like a condition with no obvious cure.


The Fame Lunches
Slate : All That Glitters (September 11, 2014)

The essays are so smart and delightful that it almost doesn’t matter whether they align with the world as we know it.


Station Eleven: A novel

The resulting sense of disappointment lingers long after the details of the novel fade into memory.


Five Days Left

It is a novel that everyone should experience.


The Marco Effect: A Department Q Novel

Another fabulous one from Jussi Adler-Olsen!


The Angel of Losses

In terms of subject and style this won't be a book that fits every reader's tastes - but what book ever does? It's likely too the kind of book that needs to be approached in a frame of mind.


Last Kiss

If you like books that are a fairly quick read and don’t mess with your head but do keep you hooked then you are really going to love Last Kiss.


The Emerald Light in the Air

Perfidia: A novel

“Perfidia” is a powerful roar of a story with wonderfully flawed characters and a richly conceived plot that will keep you turning every last one of its 700 pages.


The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

Goldstein’s thorough and nuanced book shows that teachers can have extraordinary impacts


10:04: A Novel
SF Gate : '10:04,’ by Ben Lerner (September 10, 2014)

Ben Lerner is a courageous chronicler of meditative ambulation, of the mind reflecting on its own vibrant thinking processes before they congeal into inert thoughts.


Station Eleven: A novel

It's a love letter to the resilience of humankind, and its ability to cope with the end of the world. And it's a love letter to creativity and art, one framed within a beautifully written piece of work.


Station Eleven: A novel
Kirkus Reviews : Station Eleven (September 09, 2014)

Mandel’s solid writing and magnetic narrative make for a strong combination in what should be a breakout novel.


We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel

Moving gracefully, vividly across the years, Thomas employs a realistic but not wholly linear mode. His narrative proceeds in slices – microscope slides, perhaps – of life.


Perfidia: A novel

Perfidia is at its heart about betrayal, and he reminds with his structure that it’s chiefly about the four characters he’s chosen to represent his complicated, corrupt, beloved city.


Murder 101

Kellerman hits her stride with MURDER 101, as the straightforward police work, diverse characters and engaging whodunit all add up to an entertaining read.


The Drop
Bookreporter : The Drop (September 05, 2014)

With realistic, memorable characters, dark humor, twists and turns galore, and an addictive, riveting plot --- all of it shot through with some of Lehane’s most craftworthy prose to date --- what’s not to love?


The Secret Place

It's enjoyably well written and the winning combination of intricate plotting and psychological depth means that the reader's patience will be amply rewarded.