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No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide is a persuasive, thrilling and necessary argument for shaking off this entitled boredom; for holding governments accountable, disentangling the knotty rat king of bureaucracy and pushing back against the rule by Nobody.

Capital: The Eruption of Delhi

Today’s Delhi may never perish in quite the manner of its nine predecessors, but “Capital” is filled with signs that the city needs urgently to be brought back to earth.

Capital: The Eruption of Delhi

His lyrical encounters with a wide range of modern Delhiites reveal a novelist’s ear and are beautifully sketched.

Capital: The Eruption of Delhi

The book is more than a critique of global capitalism and India's version of it. After all, Dasgupta's talents are as a writer, a chronicler and an observer, not an economist.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

What would it take to get me to reread To Rise Again at a Decent Hour? You’d have to hold a gun to my head. No, I take it back. You’d have to pull the trigger.

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen bounce back and forth unendingly between periods of happiness, depression and something in between. So too, it seems, does the nation in which they live.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

"To Rise Again at a Decent Hour" can be read as a further meditation on a theme, a novel that raises questions about meaning and belonging, even if the only answer is that we will never know.

The Land of Steady Habits: A Novel

Thompson’s sharp-eyed debut is that kind of searing portrait of American wealth unraveling that is both dazzling and immeasurably sad.

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

It's a marvelous thing, to read a book studded with epiphanic sequences like this, sentences ringing beautifully on every page.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a charming tale about a widowed bookshop owner in a small New England island community who is rescued from grief by a child, a romance and, of course, books.

An Untamed State

This is an unforgettable look at a rape survivor struggling (and largely failing) to cope with the aftermath of her trauma.

The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities


Kaysen too often holds herself to memoir's stringent standards of accuracy when she could be using the freedom of fiction to fill in the gaps.

The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

Whitehead hips us to the popularity and atmosphere of the contemporary game, all without our having to endure a bus trip to Reno or have everything removed from our pockets but the lint.

The Double Life of Paul de Man

"The Double Life of Paul de Man" provides a fascinating and fair-minded account of an elusive and enigmatic man. It is also filled with insights about our contemporary culture and politics.

The Year She Left Us

This is a deft, raw dissection of an American family, even more so than a Chinese American one.

American Innovations

Though Ms. Galchen favors misdirection and indirection, her writing is skillful, imaginative, often funny.

The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

The upside of “The Noble Hustle” is that Mr. Whitehead is such a gifted writer, even when he doubles down on his calculated schlubbiness, that he nearly pulls this all off. You could point him at anything — a carwash, a bake sale, the cleaning of snot from a toddler’s face — and I’d probably line up to read his account.

Cured: How the Berlin Patients Defeated HIV and Forever Changed Medical Science

Reading past all that, one learns fascinating details about AIDS and shares Holt’s hope that the Berlin patients will turn out to be more than anomalies.

Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture

“Rebel Music” offers helpful insights on the globalization of youth cultures, the new hybrids that this creates and the efforts of modern nation-states to harness music’s social and spiritual power.