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Everybody Rise

Everybody Rise is an interesting, entertaining read but one that left me feeling slightly sick. I guess that’s because this novel is a socioeconomic horror story.

The Art of Memoir

To Karr’s credit, in “The Art of Memoir” she reserves her greatest enthusiasm for work that recognizes just how slippery and elusive our own stories are.

Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry emerges from “Building Art” as a talented, gutsy and energetic man, but not as a top-tier creator.

Under the Udala Trees

There are few stylistic ­flourishes; Okparanta prefers to step aside and allow Ijeoma to plainly tell her story, giving the novel an intimate feel.

Grant Park

Pitts never manages to avoid didacticism, the great pitfall of fiction as earnest as “Grant Park.”

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories

Marra’s far-ranging, risky and explicitly political book marks him as a writer with an original, even singular sensibility.

Notorious RBG

“Notorious RBG” may be a playful project, but it asks to be read seriously. It’s an artisanal hagiography, a frank and admiring piece of fan nonfiction.

The Mare: A Novel

“The Mare” gallops, but on a closed track, not out there in the wild.

The Witches: Salem, 1692

To reckon with Salem, 1692, is to peer into a leaded 17th-century window, thick and cloudy and bubbled, not to stare, as Schiff does, in a mirror that reflects most brightly our own self-satisfied faces.

Mendocino Fire

Great news! Elizabeth Tallent has a new book. Readers, I’m certain, will love many of the sentences and many of the stories.

Slade House: A Novel

As the Mitchellverse grows ever more expansive and connected, this short but powerful novel hints at still more marvels to come.

A Strangeness in my Mind: A novel

At 600 dense pages, “A Strangeness in My Mind” has the heft of a presidential biography or military history. It is Pamuk’s boundless compassion that makes the life of a struggling street vendor become, on the page, as monumental and as worthy of our attention as a sultan’s.

The Witches: Salem, 1692

Her intelligence, pithy prose and storytelling flair carry the day, sweeping the reader along to a realm at once forbiddingly foreign and frighteningly familiar.

Slade House: A Novel

Readers who come to this book first, however, will get only a slivery glimpse of this writer’s talent. Our seats are the intellectual version of “obstructed view,” as cheap theater tickets sometimes say.

A Strangeness in my Mind: A novel

Virtuosic craft, intellectual richness, emotional subtlety and a feeling of freedom that comes from a narrative that finds its most meaningful moments in the side streets of storytelling.

Why Not Me?

The messages about success and positive body image were great, but I didn’t feel like a lot of it lingered once I closed the book.

Bright Stars

This is a must-read … everyone needs a Cameron Spark in their life!

Witches of Lychford

Witches of Lychford is Paul’s take on the sort of folk-horror currently dominated by Phil Rickman’s Merrily Watkins. The fact that I enjoyed it and was left wanting more of this quaintly English phenomena lead me to recommending it as a quick and enjoyable read.