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Pills and Starships

Just when the plot was getting good, the book ended, too, which left me feeling like I’d missed something.

The Silent History

Even without the interactive elements, The Silent History is a unique exercise in genre. It is a zombie novel without the zombies.

Inside Madeleine

I can't say if I liked this collection or not; I'm honestly not sure. But I do know these stories, these girls, will stick with me for a long time...even if I want to forget them.

Problems with People: Stories

The return to the Pacific Northwest and introspective characters finds the author striking familiar, responsive chords.

Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science Is Redefining Contemporary Art

Intriguing, especially for aficionados of the avant-garde.

The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

Superb cultural history, pulling together many strands of literary, judicial and societal developments into a smoothly woven narrative fabric.

West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776

A welcome amplification of the American story.

The Farm

The suffocating intensity of the locale Daniel’s mother describes in Sweden, much like The Shining, draws readers into the claustrophobic paranoia without a chance of escape.

Margarita Wednesdays: Making a New Life by the Mexican Sea

Threads of Rodriguez’s life continue to weave new colors and patterns as she settles into life with her sons, her grandchildren, and her friends. She ends this memoir with an upbeat, positive look at the future and what she has to offer the women of Mazatlán.

Problems with People: Stories

You will not find any direct moralizing here, and no overt resolution. But like photographs, these finely observed stories do expose us as assailed, as vulnerable.

All Day and a Night

The tight writing, perfect pacing, and complex but well-presented plotting make it compelling reading from beginning to end. And you’ll leave hungry for the next one.

Fourth of July Creek

If you are looking for a serious, engrossing book with which to start your summer, FOURTH OF JULY CREEK is where you should begin.

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You is filled with humor, as well as painful yearning. There is much heart in Courtney Maum’s debut page-turning novel, making it a terrifically satisfying and memorable read.

Do Fathers Matter?

I learned a tremendous amount and found myself cheering this pioneering generation of researchers.

Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour, and the Romance in Aviation's Glory Years

“Jet Set” is a chaotic stew made from the ingredients cited in its subtitle, ones that Stadiem manages to connect only in the most incidental ways.

Encounter in Rendlesham Forest

“Encounter in Rendlesham Forest” is full of paranoia about the government — not all of it, or even most of it, unwarranted.

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

Ellenberg’s talent for finding real-life situations that enshrine mathematical principles would be the envy of any math teacher.

My Salinger Year

What adds freshness to “My Salinger Year” is not just its wry take on the writer of the rye but Rakoff’s sympathetic mix of passivity, naiveté, stoicism, earnestness, understated intelligence and finely honed literary sensibility.

The Ways of the Dead: A Novel

Tucker pulls off a neat, double-twist ending with a Hollywood-flashy finish, but it relies heavily on a dubious plot device involving one of the murdered women, who seems to have saved and meticulously cataloged every receipt from every purchase she ever made, no matter how small.

Hard Choices

"Hard Choices" is a richly detailed and compelling chronicle of Clinton's role in the foreign initiatives and crises that defined the first term of the Obama administration