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Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
by Michel Foucault
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When I was immersed in a sea of literary criticism a few years ago, Foucault, more than anyone else, caught my attention. Looking deeply at the roots of our behavior and our cultural attitudes, his examination of different kinds of power and control is... (read more)

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The Unnamed
The Unnamed
by Joshua Ferris
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The Unnamed is a very different (and much darker) book than Then We Came to the End, but Ferris's clarity of voice, urgency of purpose, fascinating characters, and even hints of humor remain. A marvelous and heartbreaking meditation on the mind and body... (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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Unaccustomed Earth
Unaccustomed Earth
by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Unaccustomed Earth is in many ways a deeply and authentically sad book. I would not advise reading the stories too quickly; they will each haunt you for days afterward (and, unusually in a collection like this, they are all equally strong). But Lahiri's... (read more)

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His Illegal Self
His Illegal Self
by Peter Carey
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Peter Carey's latest manages to be both charming and disturbing; Dial and Che are unique and empathetic characters that will haunt you long after you put the book down. His Illegal Self also contains that rare achievement: an absolutely perfect ending.... (read more)

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Nice Big American Baby: Stories
Nice Big American Baby: Stories
by Judy Budnitz
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"While this is a difficult book to pin down or pigeonhole, it isn't a difficult book to marvel at or enjoy. Budnitz traffics in contemporary, global themes....Provocative, disturbing, wry, and just plain fascinating, Nice Big American Baby is some of the... (read more)

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Falling Man: A Novel
Falling Man: A Novel
by Don DeLillo
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Falling Man is Don DeLillo's exquisite, memorable take on 9/11. Somewhat more stylistically spare than his earlier books, Falling Man nonetheless feels like the book DeLillo was meant to write; themes he has addressed throughout his body of work —... (read more)

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Run: A Novel
Run: A Novel
by Ann Patchett
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Run, a worthy successor to Bel Canto, shows off Patchett's trademark gorgeous prose and emotional depth. Her characters are believably flawed, but ultimately good and decent human beings who you want to spend time with.... (read more)

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The Working Poor: Invisible in America
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
by David K Shipler
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The Working Poor is a deeply impressive book, a thorough and balanced study of the millions of Americans living at or around the poverty line. Shipler's varied portraits and interviews are insightful and moving, and his analysis of causes and suggestions... (read more)

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So Much for That
So Much for That
by Lionel Shriver
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In So Much for That, Lionel Shriver tackles large subjects — marriage, illness, and the failure of the American healthcare system — and dissects them with her astute and critical insights. Full of memorable characters, spot-on detail, and... (read more)

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Rat Girl: A Memoir
Rat Girl: A Memoir
by Kristin Hersh
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If you're a fan of Throwing Muses or Kristin Hersh, you must absolutely read this book. If you don't know her music, introduce yourself here to Hersh's writing. Her voice is unlike any other: hopeful, poetic, and brimming with razor-sharp intelligence... (read more)

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The Lazarus Project
The Lazarus Project
by Aleksandar Hemon
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The Lazarus Project, Hemon's latest novel, is about storytelling, the nature of memory and reality, and America's relationship to the rest of the world, both past and present. It's blackly funny, crackling with intelligence, and populated by realistic... (read more)

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The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy
The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy
by Raj Patel
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Raj Patel's remarkable and ambitious new book asks some basic economic and political questions and comes up with surprising solutions. Patel explores ways we might more accurately value the world, arguing that our current market system is deeply flawed... (read more)

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Field Notes from a Catastrophe
Field Notes from a Catastrophe
by Elizabeth Kolbert
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Field Notes from a Catastrophe, a refreshingly slim and concise volume, grew out of Elizabeth Kolbert's remarkable series on global warming in the New Yorker. Kolbert spans the globe, from examining ice samples in Greenland to mosquitoes in a lab in... (read more)

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The Sibley Guide to Trees
The Sibley Guide to Trees
by David Allen Sibley
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In his new book, David Allen Sibley shifts his focus from birds to trees, including gorgeous illustrations and fascinating information. The Sibley Guide to Trees will dramatically change the way you look at your backyard, your neighborhood, and the... (read more)

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Point Omega
Point Omega
by Don DeLillo
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Don DeLillo's latest is eerie, beautiful, and full of surreal and complex dialogue — in other words, vintage DeLillo. Point Omega is a slim novel, but it is both rich in ideas and riveting in its language and implications. I cannot recommend this book... (read more)

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Strength in What Remains
Strength in What Remains
by Tracy Kidder
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Tracy Kidder's incredibly moving and vivid new book follows and accompanies Deo, a survivor of the genocide in Burundi, through his remarkable journey to America and back home again. Kidder makes the abstract achingly personal and showcases a genuine... (read more)

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The Oxford Book of American Poetry
The Oxford Book of American Poetry
by David Lehman
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The Oxford Book of American Poetry is a landmark event in publishing — it's been thirty years since the last edition, and David Lehman has shown Oxford's customary care in selecting poets of the highest caliber. Going back as far as Anne Bradstreet and... (read more)

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As She Climbed Across the Table
As She Climbed Across the Table
by Jonathan Lethem
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"After deciding to recommend this book, I recently reread it, and it's absolutely as funny, sweet, and unique as I remembered it. As She Climbed Across the Table takes place in the world of the academy; the main character researches the academy itself... (read more)

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Half Life
Half Life
by Shelley Jackson
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Lots of books over the years have been compared to Katherine Dunn's classic Geek Love, but Half Life is the first I've read that even comes close to its mix of bleak, black humor and eerie, fable-like storytelling. Shelley Jackson's prose, though, is a... (read more)

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