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The Empathy Exams: Essays
The Empathy Exams: Essays
by Leslie Jamison
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Leslie Jamison is a marvel. The essays that make up this collection are wise, uncomfortable, beautiful, humane, and utterly absorbing. They demand an investigation of the reader's own heart. I can't think of another book I've recommended to so many... (read more)

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Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)
by Jeff VanderMeer
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Annihilation is haunting and dreamlike, eerily menacing and appealingly open to interpretation. Immersion in VanderMeer's intriguing and beautifully drawn dystopian world will keep you up at night.... (read more)

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Gilead
Gilead
by Marilynne Robinson
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This is one of the few books I have read that has made me actively slow down my reading pace. Every sentence, every word feels purely distilled into its most emotionally resonant core. Robinson's prose conjures up that curious feeling you get sometimes... (read more)

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The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood
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Atwood's classic dystopian novel of a terrifying (and terrifyingly plausible) future America has rewarded rereading like no other book; I've probably read it 30 times by now. The world of the narrator, Offred (from "Of Fred" — women no longer have... (read more)

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The Bone Clocks Signed Edition
The Bone Clocks Signed Edition
by David Mitchell
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With the sweeping global vision and ability to sum up whole eras of time that he's become known for, along with a fascinating dose of fantasy, The Bone Clocks is David Mitchell's most enthralling and illuminating novel yet. Gorgeously written, bracingly... (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 Anthologist
The Anthologist
by Nicholson Baker
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The Anthologist is the one of the funniest books I read this year, and one of Baker's best in a long time. Baker creates an incredibly winning main character in Paul Chowder, a minor poet trying (and repeatedly failing) to write the introduction to an... (read more)

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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
by Charles C. Mann
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Charles C. Mann has pulled off an impressive feat — a scholarly, thorough work of history that's almost compulsively readable. In 1491, he summarizes and examines the last thirty years of research into the pre-Columbian Americas, and comes to some... (read more)

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Poems
Poems
by Elizabeth Bishop
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Elizabeth Bishop's poetry is dearly loved amongst her fans but perhaps not as well-known as it should be; for one of America's towering talents of the 20th century, she is not read nearly as much as Eliot or Whitman, or even cummings. That may be in part... (read more)

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Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
by Deborah Madison
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I run across many, many cookbooks, and more often than not take them home to try them out. This cookbook has quickly become one of my favorites. Every recipe — really, every one! — that I've tried so far has been excellent — not just... (read more)

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The Likeness
The Likeness
by Tana French
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The Likeness is another masterpiece of suspense by Tana French. Reminiscent of The Secret History, this psychological thriller is wonderfully written and impeccably paced — a perfect summer read.... (read more)

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The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia
by C S Lewis
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Rich in symbolism, page-turning action, and lovely prose, these classic coming-of-age tales of good versus evil have lost none of their magic.... (read more)

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Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
by Andrew Solomon
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Andrew Solomon's gorgeous prose is always a pleasure, and this book, 10 years in the making, is his masterpiece. With empathy and grace, Far from the Tree explores the lives of people who are significantly different from their parents and often the rest... (read more)

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State of Wonder (P.S.)
State of Wonder (P.S.)
by Ann Patchett
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State of Wonder is Ann Patchett's best book yet (yes, even better than Bel Canto). Brimming with mystery, philosophy, intrigue, ethical questions, the flora and fauna of the Amazon jungle, and absolutely beautiful prose, Patchett's new novel should be at... (read more)

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Independent People
Independent People
by Halldor Laxness
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"Independent People is epic and thorough, covering the sweep of generations as well as detailed hours ticking by during sleepless nights, ambling walks around the plains. It is a novel of contrasts, especially in its nuanced exploration of character... (read more)

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A Visit from the Goon Squad
A Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan
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Jennifer Egan's new novel is a fantastically inventive, intelligent, and fully realized exploration of music, art, and life. It even includes a chapter written in PowerPoint, which is actually a pleasure to read. A Visit from the Goon Squad is Egan's... (read more)

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A Field Guide to Getting Lost
A Field Guide to Getting Lost
by Rebecca Solnit
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"Rebecca Solnit's marvelous new book of essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, is about the spaces between stability and risk, solitude, and the occasional claustrophobia of ordinary life. She explores the mysterious without puncturing the mystery, and... (read more)

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The Circle
The Circle
by Dave Eggers
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In Dave Eggers's latest page-turning novel, Mae Holland is ecstatic to get a job at the Circle — an Internet company that's like Google, Facebook, and Apple combined and on steroids. Thrilling and sinister, The Circle explores issues of... (read more)

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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
by Aimee Bender
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Aimee Bender's first novel since An Invisible Sign of My Own lives up to her astonishing short stories. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is an incredibly poignant and unique coming-of-age story that you won't be able to put down. My favorite book of... (read more)

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No Country for Old Men (Vintage International)
No Country for Old Men (Vintage International)
by Cormac McCarthy
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No Country for Old Men includes both familiar and uncharted territory for Cormac McCarthy. His prose is lean and cadenced, but his formidable characters and intricate plot are as rich as ever. This is a novel of uncompromising beauty and power -- one of... (read more)

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