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Buzz

Among other things, all of us — "ordinary citizens" as well as conservationists, Hanson says — can work toward reducing the use of pesticides and build up our landscapes to include more flowers and bee-nesting habitats.


Interior

It’s a moving turn in a book that is finally not about the exultation of possession, but the futility.


Old In Art School

Painter’s story begins with the revelation that, “Being seen as an old woman added a new way of seeing myself as reflected in the eyes of others.” But as she drills down on art-making she develops the skill — the artistic mastery — to hold the gaze herself. A great gift of age, and art.


Spiderlight

This is where I usually list out the faults that I had with a novel, whether they be few or many, but the fact is that Spiderlight has very few faults. It is well-written, engaging, entertaining, and does exactly what it sets out to do.


Left Bank

The EU could be seen not the way Poirier sees it, as Paris-created bulwark, but as sociologist Wolfgang Streeck envisioned it – a deregulation machine exposing its citizens to capitalism gone wild.


A Gathering of Secrets

Undoubtedly, fans of Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series are immersed in a massive reread before A Gathering of Secrets (10th in the series) is released.


The Girl From Blind River

The author’s authoritative, powerful prose and knack for dialogue—especially when dealing with emotions and violence—are more indicative of a seasoned veteran rather than a debut author. This is great news because it means there is much more to come from Massey, and if The Girl from Blind River is any indication, it will be great.


Convenience Store Woman

It’s a sign of excellent literature to be able to effortlessly hold up multiple interpretations at once. Murata’s book is no exception: It’s all of these things while also rendering an artful grotesque of modern personal branding.


Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place is not a typical Nora Roberts novel from several years ago, and I am perfectly okay with that.


The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses)

The book is much more character driven than is my usual preference but there are small subplots that add an air of mystery to the tale and keep the story moving along. The biggest (back to Cecibel again) is the story behind Cecibel's injuries.


All These Beautiful Strangers

The story of a long-game revenge played out between generations.


A Gathering of Secrets

Another rewarding crime novel that looks beyond the idealized image of the Amish.


Summerland

Rajaniemi builds his world meticulously, assembling a post-living world that feels as fully realized as the one on the other side of the living/dead divide.


Outcasts of Order

Always a pleasure to abide in Modesitt’s universe, if only for a few hours or days.


City of Lies

A well-crafted debut with believable political intrigues, solid worldbuilding, and original characters.