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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 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.


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

Three Souls

While her story is certainly one filled with tragedy, Three Souls as a whole is still a wonderfully wrought story filled with hope.

Black Moon: A Novel

So far Black Moon is one of the best books I've read in 2014.

Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel

The novel is an intensely dramatic ride, even taken apart from its Snow White conceit, full of a cast of peripheral characters who reappear throughout and convey their significance to the story.

City of Darkness and Light

Dedicated readers will appreciate the leap across the pond as a refreshing and entertaining setting for Molly to use her smarts, away from the sometimes paternalistic attitudes of her husband.


Annihilation displays a familiar fascination with the reshaped body, the idea of infection as a way to a new understanding of the world.

Tin Star

Tin Star is solidly enjoyable, derelict space station-born fun. I’ll be around for the next book, most definitely.

The Weirdness: A Novel

The Weirdness is absolutely, positively one of the most original takes on the nearing middle age, suffering male writer bit.

Madam: A Novel of New Orleans

Colorful characters, vivid descriptions, and a compelling storyline kept me turning the pages at a furious pace.

Karate Chop

Like Thomas Bernhard who followed pathologies to their ends, Nors is often leashed to the caprices of the mind. An unfettered romp through psychology presupposes an inward-looking soul.

All Our Names

Mr. Mengestu writes from the points of view of Helen and Isaac with poignancy and psychological precision, deftly evoking their very different takes on the world.

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

To discover why his work still inspires countless readers a century and a half after his death, you will have to read Thoreau himself.

The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World

What Wolf has accomplished is to address the subject broadly, albeit with particular emphasis on the upper-middle class, and to provide us with a trove of data as well as sharp observations.

The Birds of London

By establishing the status of the capital’s birdlife at the beginning of the 21st century, Andrew Self has provided a vital tool for conservationists to ensure that the decline of birds such as the house sparrow — once so common we never even gave it a second glance — is never repeated.