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Every Day Is for the Thief: Fiction

There is the sharp imagery, the attention to detail, the indifference to plot. Listen to the evocative voice, the gorgeous prose, look how he is very much his father’s son.


The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor

This is a subtle study of a complex man who has too often been portrayed, especially through American eyes, as a stock figure, locked into a belligerent stereotype.


The Moon Sisters: A Novel

The entire story has a redundant air about it that does nothing to set it apart from other sibling stories.


Night Broken

This is frustrating on so many levels, namely because it perpetuates this awful mainstream idea that women hate other women.


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

Every parent planning to send a child to an “elite” college dominated by an overly powerful athletic program should buy this book. For those with children thinking of Duke, it is required reading.


Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality

The result, “Forcing the Spring,” is a stunningly intimate story.


A Fighting Chance

It’s the intimate moments in “A Fighting Chance” that make up its less wonky and infinitely more readable parts.


Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything

“Living With a Wild God” makes for pleasantly prickly reading.


The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning

This is a book by a tough, restless, energetic, admirable, principled Kansan who also happens to be a fine writer. Her voice is a welcome one.


I Pity the Poor Immigrant

The book weaves like a melody. It’s beautiful, full of passages and bursts of dialogue that break through the noise of complaint and countercomplaint that define so much of the talk about modern Israel.


Missing Microbes

The discerning reader should not forget that the research he discusses is largely his own; we hear no dissenting voices or contradictory evidence, although much of the narrative remains scientifically hypothetical.


Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

With a deft and frequently scathing touch, Prose sends up nearly every literary type imaginable and then some.


Gandhi Before India

Guha's intent is not to deify Gandhi; rather, to show the struggles Gandhi underwent to discard his base instincts to become a purer, kinder, heroic person in a constant quest for perfection.


In Paradise: A Novel

"In Paradise" will certainly challenge readers to consider some seemingly unanswerable questions concerning faith and the Holocaust.


Astonish Me: A novel

Shipstead has captured the mercurial flow of artistic genius, the way it sanctifies some lives even as it condemns others, all of them stretching toward that perfect beauty just out of reach.


Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security

Will it convince the average reader? Maybe not, but Miller’s strong, passionate stance and his gritty on-the-ground reporting makes his argument difficult to ignore.


Mount Terminus

Grand has written a work from which Harvey Weinstein might make a terrific, multilayered film.


In Paradise: A Novel

A novel narrated with such exhaustion can’t hope to provoke much more than exhaustion from its readers, even when its creator was as expansive and rigorous as Peter Matthiessen.


Praying Drunk

Minor’s book is less a collection than an extended prayer, wrenched from the heart and wrought in the language of pain. One hopes that after the wine wears off, so too will some of the despair.


No Good Men Among the Living

Gopal’s book left me looking back, feeling regrets and “if onlys.”