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The Ripper Affair

The Ripper Affair is a diverting popcorn read: messy, granular, and inclined to leave distracting bits clinging to your hair. It’s not deep, and at times it’s downright annoying—but mostly it’s satisfying fun.


He Wants

What stops us achieving what we do want? Moore looks at how fear might prevent us pursuing our passions.


Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé

“Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” is as good a “story of pop music” as a fan could hope for.


In the Wolf's Mouth

It is this surreal juxtaposition of ordinary life and the extremes of war that “In the Wolf’s Mouth” captures so well.


When Britain Burned the White House

A fine example of serious and literate popular history, a genre that has gained respectability and credibility in recent years as some of the best non-professional historians on both sides of the Atlantic have taken to writing it.


The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection

His far-ranging research provides a wealth of thought-provoking statistics and details, and “The End of Absence” has a kinetic energy well-matched to our jumpy attention spans.


Unmanned: A novel

“Unmanned” — a title with several meanings — is an exciting story, expertly told.


The Liar's Wife: Four Novellas

The contemplative tales collected in “The Liar’s Wife” are the opposite of page-turners: They force us to slow down and reflect.


The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A novel

No other author draws us into “the strange, terrible neverendingness of human beings” the way Flanagan does.


Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War

“Soldier Girls” raises important questions about how men and women serve together and the differences in how they experience war, enabling us to see the subtle challenges female soldiers face — the hardships that don’t make easy headlines.


To the Edge of the World: The Story of the Trans-Siberian Express, the World's Greatest Railroad

In “To the Edge of the World,” Christian Wolmar offers a highly informative chronicle of the development of the Trans-Siberian railroad.


Painted Horses

“Painted Horses” vividly evokes an earlier time, a place and a way of being that is at the cusp of great change.


Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir

At its core “Blue-Eyed Boy” is the story of a man who fought, fought like hell — first for survival, then for a life.


A Wedding in Provence

Predictably but no less engagingly, when Olivia's idyll proves less than idyllic, the details of her unraveling provide a satisfying dose of guilty pleasure.


Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel

Like J.M. Coetzee, Murakami smoothly interlaces allegorical meanings with everyday particulars of contemporary social reality.


Bad Feminist

Gay is passionately committed to engaging with the world and trying to lead in what she acknowledges is a small, imperfect way.


The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle

"The Interior Circuit" is as much a love letter to Mexico City as it is to his late wife.


Bulletproof Vest

Through the lives of José and Pascuala, we come to understand the stark choices that brought them here, and how such people help to renew this country's spirit of tolerance, perseverance and audacity.


Lucky Us: A Novel

There's nothing wrong with tenderness, of course, but Bloom is too gifted a writer to tie up the loose ends of her narrative quite so neatly.


Life Drawing

The page-turning suspense of Robin Black's novel comes from her beautiful, honest portrait of a marriage, of a life.