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The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East

Mr. Cole’s book is at its most illuminating when it takes the reader inside the youth movements in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, showing us how activists used technology and social media to amplify their message and connect with like-minded citizens across the region.


The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

As an imagist O’Neill excels at inventing a place where magic really happens, where the mundane can become extraordinary through her protagonist’s kaleidoscopic vie en rose.


Written in My Own Heart's Blood: A Novel

I was expecting more from this novel. Maybe that’s what comes from the four years anticipation.


The Great Glass Sea

he reader is left feeling like some larger point about the conflict was lost in the book’s epic sprawl.


Dry Bones in the Valley: A Novel

Bouman’s debut shows rural noir at its finest: a poetically written mystery about a man struggling with his inner demons and an area of great natural beauty few had heard of before the natural gas boom.


Dry Bones in the Valley: A Novel

Bouman’s debut shows rural noir at its finest: a poetically written mystery about a man struggling with his inner demons and an area of great natural beauty few had heard of before the natural gas boom.


Landline

Rainbow Rowell writes conventional fiction unconventionally. They're romances, but there's no meeting-cute, or ripping bodices — the people in them seem real.


The Sister

A furious volcano of thoughts and desires trapped within a carapace of pain, Alice is a feminist cipher but, more movingly, a beautifully drawn and memorable individual, brave, vulnerable and fiercely intelligent.


Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Kerry Brown offers a sober and well-informed antidote to the overdose of repeated non-truths and half-truths that often pass for analysis of Chinese politics.


Directing Herbert White

Some lines [...] are still difficult to forgive.


Starbreak

I enjoyed parts of Starbreak (most notably its worldbuilding and the vision of life on Zehava), but sadly, I was not enamored with many of the book’s other vital components.


One Plus One: A Novel

Readers will relish the easy banter and welcoming tone of the story.


The Half Life of Molly Pierce

Katrina Leno’s debut novel is an impressive glimpse into mental illness.


The Vacationers: A Novel

It’s an enjoyable, quick read that will have you handing it off to one of your friends to read, hopefully with sand on the pages.


The Forever Man: A Near-Future Thriller

It's an interesting read in spite of its flaws, one that does set forth a frighteningly possible future scenario!


The Lemon Grove

The Lemon Grove is worth reading for Walsh's descriptive talent alone, but it's also one of those novels that is perfect for summer.


Friendship

The novel is filled with keenly observed details, especially about the outsize role that technology plays in her characters’ lives.


Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce

Her biography isn’t likely to convert readers into admirers, but in a culture where the rage for fame feels inescapable, it might just help us to weigh its costs more accurately and count the blessings of obscurity.


The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar

Windrow has no simple answer for why in his 30s he decided to acquire a pet for the first time or why that pet was an owl. But he can tell you what the owl meant to him.