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"Tender" redefines the emotional power and literary heft that speculative fiction can convey.

The Book of Joan

The effect is dizzying and, at times, disorienting, but there is always a vibrant forward motion to the text, and a ferocious, unmistakable perspective: Even in the wreckage of a post-human nightmare, humanity never really changes.

Where It Hurts

There’s nothing new under the sun as my mother used to tell me, but Reed Farrell Coleman has done well infusing some much-needed juice into the worn-down detective genre with Gus Murphy.

Quiet Neighbors: A Novel

It is easy to see how she’s earned multiple nominations and wins for her work. Quiet Neighbors will not disappoint.

Convicting Avery: The Bizarre Laws and Broken System behind "Making a Murderer"

Michael D. Cicchini also makes sure that the valid questions and issues that are highlighted in Convicting Avery never violate the identities and right-to-justice that belongs to the victims of the crimes.

Dancing with the Tiger

If you like thrillers with personality and antiques with a side of ruthless thug, Dancing with the Tiger is a book for you.

Sunshine State

Sunshine State is not a glowing encomium of Florida, nor is it a snarky takedown. Instead, it's a drifting, psychogeographical exploration of a place she once called home — and that, in return, has come to live inside her.

Never Out of Season: How Having the Food We Want When We Want It Threatens Our Food Supply and Our Future

There are biologists today who stare into the abyss of global crop failure, and stand ready to protest commercial and governmental venality. We can hope that Dunn’s book encourages them to be less humble toward the interests they serve, and offer more humility toward the knowledge of indigenous people, on whose shoulders they stand.

South and West: From a Notebook

There is no plot in “South and West,” or conflict, or ending. The pleasures of this short book, rather, are found in observing the South through Didion’s eyes.

The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World

Doyle offers a salutary reminder of the greatness of the tales spun by Hawthorne, Kipling, Conrad, Stevenson and others of that ilk, and I was won over despite myself by his loving reconstruction of an era of storytelling now lost.

When You Find Out the World Is Against You

Ultimately, Oxford succeeds at presenting a glimpse inside her head; whether you like what you find there is up to you.


If he had fought more with himself, and less with everyone else, then Alec Baldwin might have penned a memoir for the ages. Let’s call it a draw.

Oakland Noir

Readers who know the city will relish its sense of place, and those who only know the stereotypes will be in for a pleasing eye-opener.


Baldwin writes with great knowledge about old films, the art of acting, what he has learned from other actors, and about the differences among television, film and theater. He also takes the opportunity to settle old scores.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel

As this strikingly symphonic novel enters its last movement, the final bars remind us that of all the painful wounds that humans can endure, the worst are self-inflicted.

A Horse Walks into a Bar: A novel

Grossman’s tragic vision never leaves him, even if the vehicle here is more reminiscent of Laurence Olivier’s performance as the failed actor in John Osborne’s “The Entertainer’’ than the fictional landscapes we are familiar with from this author.

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

In “The Road to Jonestown,” Jeff Guinn offers what might be the most complete picture to date of this tragic saga, and of the man who engineered it.

Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)

Refreshingly personal, or self-indulgent? I ricocheted back and forth, but nevertheless, I kept on reading.

The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class¿and What We Can Do About It

Some of Florida’s ideas – give more powers to mayors, resist NIMBYism, cut red tape for builders, construct more transit, push for more urban density – are sensible responses to these evolving urban challenges.

Gutenberg's Fingerprint

Gutenberg’s Fingerprint is a love letter to an ancient craft – but it is also, and more importantly, a reminder that the briefest way to get your story out there might not be the truest.