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The Drifter

By honing in on the tiny details that make up the days leading up to and even beyond the crime in question, Lennon really gives readers a chance to get inside Betsy's life and mind.

How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir

“How to Murder Your Life” feels like an artifact from a previous New York, previous internet, previous calculus of celebrity.

Six Four

Yokoyama plays fair, rewarding our patience with an exceptionally clever and satisfying resolution of the case, and offering at least some provisional answers to the existential mysteries that have been nagging at his frazzled hero.

The Invention of Angela Carter

This biography is witchy, in the best sense, as well.

Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society

Beliefs about men and women are as old as humanity itself, but Fine’s funny, spiky book gives reason to hope that we’ve heard Testosterone rex’s last roar.

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

A potent journey of depression that effectively testifies to unbearable pain and the consolation of literature.

Autumn: A Novel

Smith’s writing is light and playful, deceptively simple, skipping along like a stone on the surface of a lake, brimming with humanity and bending, despite everything, toward hope.

The One Inside: A novel

“The One Inside” may be a minor Shepard work, but it provides a sharp-edged distillation of the themes that have preoccupied him throughout his career,

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

While Williams does a thorough job of rounding up the science behind the benefits of the wild, her narrative is most effective when she evokes art and metaphor.

The Refugees

Given his fond memories of the past and his obliviousness to the present, the confused professor comes across as one of the least troubled characters in Nguyen’s quietly profound peek into the lives of Vietnam’s deracinated and dispossessed.

Age of Anger

With powerful and worrisome insights into history, Pankaj Mishra has clarified our present. The future is up to us.

All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel

All quibbles aside, the mechanics of this time-travelling adventure do lead to some fascinating insights.

Universal Harvester

Universal Harvester warns that the art you make may not matter to anyone but you. The story you tell may not be heard. Your grief may go unheralded.


Shadowbahn isn't the novel we deserve, it is the novel we need. The novel we need to Save American From Itself.

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

Lincoln in the Bardo may not be what you would describe as a read-in-one-sitting kind of novel, but it will stick with you long after you've finished it.

A Darkness Absolute

A dark, creepy story.

Age of Anger
Kirkus Reviews : Age of Anger (February 07, 2017)

A probing, well-informed investigation of global unrest calling for “truly transformative thinking” about humanity’s future.

The One Inside: A novel

Cheerless but atmospheric and precisely observed, very much of a piece with Shepard’s other work.

My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir
Kirkus Reviews : My Utmost (February 10, 2017)

A fine core soured by the writer’s own story.

August Snow
Kirkus Reviews : August Snow (February 14, 2017)

This mostly terrific debut holds out the promise that we are at the beginning of an excellent new series.