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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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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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Prep: A Novel
Prep: A Novel
by Curtis Sittenfeld
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"The best thing about this novel, and there are many very good things, is its strikingly intelligent voice. Sittenfeld nails the neurosis of adolescence with an unusual and appropriate tone....Sittenfeld's depiction of complex relationships is welcome... (read more)

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Shalimar the Clown: A Novel
Shalimar the Clown: A Novel
by Salman Rushdie
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Shalimar the Clown is a welcome addition to the Rushdie canon. Moving across the globe, Rushdie follows his characters from terrorist camps to the privileged world of Los Angeles, motivated by shades of love, curiosity, and burning vengeance. His prose... (read more)

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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
by Sudhir Venkatesh
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Sudhir Venkatesh's work was featured prominently in Freakonomics; here his research is fleshed out and humanized, telling his remarkable and unusual story. For seven years, Venkatesh was granted unprecedented access to one of Chicago's most notorious... (read more)

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Bright before Us (Tin House New Voice)
Bright before Us (Tin House New Voice)
by Katie Arnold-Ratliff
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Katie Arnold-Ratliff's debut novel is a gorgeous, wrenching, razor-sharp portrait of a young man's life unraveling. Through emotional immediacy, wonderfully drawn characters, and chiseled prose, Bright before Us marks the arrival of a shining new... (read more)

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Spook Country
Spook Country
by William Gibson
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Spook Country is Gibson at the top of his game, with gorgeous detail, page-turning suspense, and fascinating characters. If you've never read this author in the past because his work was categorized as science fiction, pick up this book, which is all too... (read more)

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Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses
Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses
by Claire Dederer
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Poser is an intelligent and funny memoir-slash-exploration-of-yoga. It sounds lighthearted, and it can be, but Dederer illuminates hard questions with honesty and grace, and transformed the way I look at my on-again, off-again yoga practice. Poser is... (read more)

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The Fountains of Neptune
The Fountains of Neptune
by Rikki Ducornet
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I was introduced to Rikki Ducornet by a fellow Powell's employee — now I'm passing my good fortune along. Ducornet's voice varies quite a bit throughout her work, but one word that might consistently describe it is rich. It is, at times, hard to... (read more)

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Human Resources: Stories (Tin House New Voice)
Human Resources: Stories (Tin House New Voice)
by Josh Goldfaden
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Josh Goldfaden's debut book, Human Resources is an often hilarious, perfectly crafted, spot-on collection of inventive and moving stories which include pirates, litter removal specialists, Bruce Springsteen, and an intelligent fern. They're some of the... (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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Sag Harbor
Sag Harbor
by Colson Whitehead
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Sag Harbor is the joyful, hilarious, intelligent story of the summer of 1985 in the life of Benji Cooper, a time and character as full of contradictions as life itself. Colson Whitehead is writing at the top of his game, and Sag Harbor is the ultimate... (read more)

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The Summer without Men
The Summer without Men
by Siri Hustvedt
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Smart, wry, engaging, and affecting, The Summer without Men is a triumph. The narrator's voice is utterly distinctive, and her mind is a joy to inhabit. A must for Hustvedt fans, and if you haven't read her before, you're missing out on one of America's... (read more)

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Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
by Jenna Woginrich
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Jenna Woginrich's Made from Scratch is charming, practical, eye-opening, and empowering. From beekeeping to butter churning, it's a wonderful primer, and Woginrich's enthusiasm and humor are inspiring. Plus, she's definitely convinced me to get some... (read more)

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Mortals
Mortals
by Norman Rush
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Mortals includes Botswanan politics, the role of philosophy and religion in government, and covert intelligence operations, but at heart, it's a wonderful and desperate love story. Norman Rush is the most skillful and complex of the writers I've... (read more)

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Selfish and Perverse
Selfish and Perverse
by Bob Smith
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Entertaining, romantic, and extremely funny, Bob Smith's debut novel is the improbably charming story of Nelson Kunker, a young comedian who can't decide between the famous, gorgeous Dylan or the stable, sane (but also gorgeous) Roy. Selfish and Perverse... (read more)

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Runaway: Stories
Runaway: Stories
by Alice Munro
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Munro's prose consistently shimmers with wisdom and grace, and the stories in Runaway — startling, subtle, and precise — are no exception.... (read more)

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The European Dream
The European Dream
by Jeremy Rifkin
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"[Rikfin's] major achievement in The European Dream is to draw together and cohere the complex historical, philosophical, and theological forces that have created such very different worldviews for shaping the future for us and our neighbors across the... (read more)

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The Likeness
The Likeness
by Tana French
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It's hard to follow up a sterling debut with something that's equally riveting — and even harder to come up with a better book than the first one. But Tana French has pulled off just this feat with The Likeness, a harrowing novel that will keep you up... (read more)

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