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Annihilation is the first of a trilogy, so there may well be more answers ahead. There will definitely be more mysteries.

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You is an awkward first novel, but if it weren’t it would somehow be disingenuous to its own literary ambitions of embracing the mess of our lives and welcoming it into our homes, calling the mess a work of art.

California: A Novel

Lepucki places enough breadcrumbs along the way that the truly dramatic revelations aren’t particularly surprising, but that lack of suspense doesn’t make the story any less affecting.

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

The Mockingbird Next Door gives a sense of how attached Harper Lee is to the town and the culture that she has long inhabited.

When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloomed

This is an ambitious debut but Greenburg handles his material well, not letting his research overwhelm the drama.

My Two Italies

In his elegant, thoughtful new memoir, My Two Italies, he writes of watching his father and uncle carve up an entire goat, make wine, and hold a meeting of brothers to determine the fate of an uncle's unfaithful wife.

The Book of Unknown Americans

She should have let us get to know a few of the unknown Americans here, without twisting their story into a political parable, and without trying to tell everyone's story at once.

Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture

The complexity and scale of the subject gives rise to the book's weaknesses – the cities of an entire continent make a big subject for a medium-sized book, and any one of the projects McGuirk describes could justify a volume of its own.

Bliss House: A Novel

Bliss House is the kind of horror that relies on overall plot, atmosphere, and characters to provide the necessary thrills and chills of the story.

Dad Is Fat

If you've ever seen or heard Gaffigan's stand up (and like it, obviously) then you'll not want to miss Dad is Fat.

Sisters of Treason: A Novel

Definitely a book not to overlook, especially if you are a fan of English history!

Half a King

Joe Abercrombie’s storytelling is more concise in Half A King and as sharp as ever with wit and deft prose.

The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present

In his engaging new book, “The Nile,” Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson explores the importance of that river to the myriad civilizations that have lived and died on its banks.

Rogue Elephant: Harnessing the Power of India¿s Unruly Democracy

Even though the book does not trace the rise of Modi, it makes abundantly clear why the Singh government lost, paving the way for precisely the sort of politician who doesn’t appear to care much about the liberal, secular and democratic fabric of the country that Denyer so admires.

Falling Out of Time

“Falling Out of Time” identifies these mourners, the ones who are a few years out, as walkers moving into another stage of grief. They are everywhere shadowed by what has happened to them.

Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals

She has written a book at once angrier, and more fun, more attuned to our time and more bizarre, than most poetry can ever get, a book easy to recommend for people who do not read new poetry often — as well as for almost all the people who do.


There is genuine tenderness and complication between Bev and Amy, and the novel’s best moments occur when the pair are allowed to just sit and chat about their imperfect starter lives.

Fear: A Novel of World War I

Chevallier’s narrative remains radioactive with pure terror, frightening in a way later accounts don’t quite manage.

The People's Platform

“The People’s Platform” should be taken as a challenge by the new media that have long claimed to be improving on the old order.