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Mad as Hell

The book is perhaps a bit light on analysis, and Itzkoff doesn’t mount much of a personal interpretation of the film until close to the end.


Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade

Riveting and disturbing, Blood Will Out is a mélange of memoir, stranger-than-fiction crime reporting and cultural critique.


HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

The authors make a concerted and largely successful effort to go beyond the caricatures of one of the most admired and loathed figures in modern American politics.


Clever Girl

This carefully wrought novel transcends mere character study, offering up Stella’s story as a portrait of how accidents and happenstance can cohere into a life.


Promise of Shadows

With Promise of Shadows, Ms. Ireland plays with Greek mythology to create something other than a battle against Zeus and the other gods of Olympus.


The Black-Eyed Blonde

For Chandler fans — for fans of detective fiction, in general — it's a treat.


Tyringham Park: A Novel

A wonderful read, that’s for certain!


The Mapmaker's Daughter

From the first page, I felt immersed in this far away world.


Panic

It is a powerful read, one that haunts readers for a myriad of reasons.


Schroder: A Novel

the reader is left to dissect a book that works as both character study and morality play, filled with questions that have no easy answers.


Decoded

In painting a portrait of pre-Revolution China with its links to scholarship, Mitteleuropean intellectuals and the great universities of the West, the novel subtly reclaims China’s sense of its place in world history pre-1949. Elsewhere, there are gently patriotic assertions of China’s identity.


Words of Radiance

It is a piece of art composed by a mad master who is so deep into his work that he cannot see beyond it–out of control and in danger of toppling over, but undeniably brilliant.


Layla

A series of tragi-comic mishaps – including a botched Brazilian wax, and breaking into a neighbour’s flat by mistake – engage the reader’s sympathies and evoke a life spinning out of control.


His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir

Mr. Jenkins is among those writers — P. J. O’Rourke is another — who combine an anarchic prose style and a sometimes colorful personal life with conservative politics.


All Our Names

The emotional power of “All Our Names” seeps through lines that seem placid on the surface.


The Orchard of Lost Souls

This novel shows its author blossoming into her talent with her own innovative, at times pulse-quickening style, distilling startling language from loss.


Quesadillas

Quesadillas is pure fantastical rapture, a kaleidoscopic story about anger and adolescence.


A Circle of Wives

It is an engrossing tale of tangled relationships, unfilled needs, and the endless human talent for self-deception.


The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England¿s Most Notorious Queen

The world would certainly be a better-informed, livelier place if Bordo were part of the mainstream discourse.


Nil

Part romance, part science fiction thriller, Nil attracts readers with its ability to cross genres.