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The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
by Lydia Davis
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Normally I dislike "domestic stories." You know, those fictions that deal with slice-of-life musings or investigations into the American Life and Household. Lydia Davis tackles this terrain quite often, but the clarity of her voice, coupled with a will... (read more)

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Slouching towards Bethlehem: Essays
Slouching towards Bethlehem: Essays
by Joan Didion
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Joan Didion's lucid, canny prose style is painstakingly situated around the art of the sentence. Slouching towards Bethlehem, her first collection of nonfiction, serves as a prime example of exactly how well she can wield one. Each of these essays... (read more)

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The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977
The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977
by Adrienne Rich
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How often, among literature lovers, are poems from Adrienne Rich's The Dream of a Common Language quoted? ("I choose not to suffer uselessly // ...I choose to love this time for once / with all my intelligence," from "Splittings.") This collection... (read more)

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Station Eleven
Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
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Station Eleven has that magical quality of the best books: it transports you completely to another reality while secretly expanding your understanding of this one. I read a lot of books this year that I loved, but this was the only one that gave me a... (read more)

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Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language
Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language
by Steven Pinker
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Pinker's book is an absolute treat for lovers of language and anyone fascinated by the human mind. You'll come away with a much greater understanding of how words form in our mouths and how language gets passed on, and altered, from generation to... (read more)

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The Unnoticeables
The Unnoticeables
by Robert Brockway
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A '70s street punk and a new millennia stuntwoman team up to fight evil angels and their minions, who are quietly destroying humanity. Irreverent and funny with heart-pounding action, The Unnoticeables is a hard-rocking summer read. Best read while... (read more)

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Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
by Matthew Battles
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If you love the written word, then you'll love its rich history. Palimpsest traces the advancement of writing from Mesopotamia all the way up to the digital age, offering much more than a dry account: we learn as much about the cultural implications as... (read more)

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
by Jane Jacobs
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Ever wonder why we have suburbs? Or why we wanted them in the first place? What about the lovely ideal of the Parisian street lined with cafes and shops? Why don't we have more of those? Or would we want them at all? Then read this! If you live in, near,... (read more)

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Can't and Won't: Stories
Can't and Won't: Stories
by Lydia Davis
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Something interesting happens while reading Can't and Won't: you'll start to find meaning and nuance in even the most mundane of occurrences. That's the beauty of Davis's deceptively simple, frequently funny stories — they'll teach you to become... (read more)

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Dept. of Speculation
Dept. of Speculation
by Jenny Offill
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What started out as a really sweet family study turned into a pretty painful read. Offill has been there ("there" being the depths of marital disaster) — that's clear — and has captured this slice of domestic drama with something that I can... (read more)

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Ancillary Justice
Ancillary Justice
by Ann Leckie
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Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an... (read more)

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Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line
Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line
by Michael Gibney
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The back must slave to feed the belly.... In this urgent and unique book, chef Michael Gibney uses twenty-four hours to animate the intricate camaraderie and culinary choreography in an upscale New York restaurant kitchen. Here readers will find all the... (read more)

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Life after Life
Life after Life
by Kate Atkinson
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Life after Life is not a traditional novel, with its stops and starts, its looping repetitions; Kate Atkinson builds a fully realized world by accruing a constellation of possibilities. It is a fantastically ambitious book, seeking to capture the... (read more)

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The Fifth Gospel
The Fifth Gospel
by Ian Caldwell
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What Caldwell excels at with The Fifth Gospel is a combination of exhaustive research applied to enhance the credibility of the subject matter and an exceptionally subtle literary style that's not so prevalent in genre fiction. Read it for the compelling,... (read more)

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Summer House with Swimming Pool
Summer House with Swimming Pool
by Herman Koch
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Creepy and disturbing, Koch's Summer House with Swimming Pool is the story of one family and their unraveling one summer. Staying with an insufferable actor at his summer home, Dr. Marc Schlosser's vacation choice for his family is a dire one. As things... (read more)

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Dark Places
Dark Places
by Gillian Flynn
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Libby Day's mother and two sisters were savagely murdered when Libby was only seven years old. Her testimony in the ensuing trial helped send her brother to prison for the crimes. But is he really guilty? Flynn's accessible and compelling writing style... (read more)

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Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act
Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act
by Barry Yourgrau
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Barry Yourgrau's apartment was filled with sentimental keepsakes from traveling and from his family. True to his style, he began researching clutter, doing interviews, and going to group meetings, but not actually removing anything from his apartment... (read more)

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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage)
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage)
by Christopher McDougall
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Born to Run is the one of those books you just can't keep to yourself. In fact, it's probably the one title I've recommended more than any other in the last two years. It has a little bit of everything: adventure, travel, history, science, and sport, all... (read more)

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2666
2666
by Roberto Bolano
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Completed in 2003 shortly before his death, 2666 is not only Roberto Bolaño's masterpiece but also one of the finest and most important novels of the 21st century. It's an entire world unto itself, one — not unlike our own — filled... (read more)

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Kindred: 25th Anniversary Edition
Kindred: 25th Anniversary Edition
by Octavia E. Butler
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Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana... (read more)

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