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The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
by Jane Mayer
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Mayer offers a riveting account of the Bush administration's reaction to 9/11 and its war on terrorism and civil liberties. Gripping and appalling in equal measure, The Dark Side details how and why our country stooped to torture and unlawful wiretapping... (read more)

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Blame
Blame
by Michelle Huneven
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Blame, Michelle Huneven's page-turning third novel, is impossible to put down. Huneven ably explores the emotional terrain of guilt, regret, and self-control while creating intelligent and unforgettable characters and an urgent, disturbing story. Blame... (read more)

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Unaccustomed Earth (Vintage Contemporaries)
Unaccustomed Earth (Vintage Contemporaries)
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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The Shining Girls
The Shining Girls
by Lauren Beukes
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Lauren Beukes's extraordinary new mystery features a time-traveling serial killer and one of the most memorable heroines I've ever encountered. The Shining Girls is a compelling, oddly beautiful read from an original voice.... (read more)

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The Shining Girls
The Shining Girls
by Lauren Beukes
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Lauren Beukes's extraordinary new mystery features a time-traveling serial killer and one of the most memorable heroines I've ever encountered. The Shining Girls is a compelling, oddly beautiful read from an original voice.... (read more)

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Burn (Pure Trilogy)
Burn (Pure Trilogy)
by Julianna Baggott
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Julianna Baggott's final volume in the Pure trilogy is complex, surprising, and thought-provoking, while remaining as page-turning, well-written, and moving as the earlier volumes. A more than satisfying conclusion to the series.... (read more)

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The Silver Swan: A Novel
The Silver Swan: A Novel
by Benjamin Black
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I don't ordinarily read mystery novels, but The Silver Swan is no ordinary mystery. Banville's command of prose is arresting, and though this is a difficult book to put down because it is so expertly plotted, it is also impossible not to savor.... (read more)

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Special Topics in Calamity Physics
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
by Marisha Pessl
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What begins as an innocent (if quirky) adolescent tale swiftly transforms into an absorbing high school whodunit. If I had to compare it to a few recent films, it manages to come across both as gritty as Brick and as refreshing as Juno, but with a... (read more)

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The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
by Theodore Gray
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Beautiful and informative, surprising and smart, The Elements will appeal to your inner geek (even if you didn't know you had one). With unique stories, bizarre facts, and dazzling photographs of the 118 elements in the periodic table, this book will... (read more)

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Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West
Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West
by Bryce Andrews
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Bryce Andrews has written a fascinating account of the intersections between humans and wild animals, nature and violence, and our capacity for transformation. Badluck Way is mesmerizing.... (read more)

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The Emperor's Children
The Emperor's Children
by Claire Messud
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Absolutely brilliant. The best novel I've read in months, if not years, The Emperor's Children has left me powerfully moved; Claire Messud's knowledge of the human psyche is uncanny, and her characters became, in one afternoon, more important to me than... (read more)

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Away
Away
by Amy Bloom
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Lyrical and moving, terribly sad but funny, too, Away is a major accomplishment and a pleasure to read. Amy Bloom's language is precise and graceful, and her characters and their journeys make America in the 1920s shine with life.... (read more)

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The Believing Brain
The Believing Brain
by Michael Shermer
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A fascinating look at the science and psychology behind our beliefs (from conspiracy theories to religion to the paranormal), The Believing Brain is a comprehensive and compulsively readable book. Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, and... (read more)

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The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink
The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink
by Andrew F. Smith
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The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink is an enormous, encyclopedic reference dedicated to both the larger trends and the minutiae of American cuisine, with articles on subjects ranging from Crisco to restaurant labor unions. With beautiful... (read more)

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Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
by Joe Bageant
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Deer Hunting with Jesus is a hilarious, depressing, and painfully honest chronicle of an America often cited but rarely listened to: rural lower-class whites. With brilliant, spot-on detail, Joe Bageant reports on the historical, economic, and... (read more)

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Pictorial Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities
Pictorial Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities
by John M. Carrera
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This "visual dictionary of curiosities" is charming, quirky, and endlessly entertaining. (It's also very hard to put down.) Fascinating images reproduced from wood engravings illustrate words from albatross and abracadabra to zibeth and zodiac."... (read more)

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Flies (Lannan Literary Selections)
Flies (Lannan Literary Selections)
by Michael Dickman
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Flies, Michael Dickman's second poetry collection, does not disappoint. The much acclaimed author of The End of the West startles and disturbs with beautiful, violent, honest poems that will be some of the finest you read this year.... (read more)

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Strange Piece of Paradise
Strange Piece of Paradise
by Terri Jentz
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I almost never read true crime books, and I'm not that fond of memoirs, either. But Terri Jentz transcends both those genres with her riveting story and elegant language. Mesmerizing, terrifying, and occasionally downright surreal, Strange Piece of... (read more)

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I Was Told There'd Be Cake
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
by Sloane Crosley
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Funny, charming, and self-effacing, Sloane Crosley's essays will resonate with you, whether or not you grew up playing Oregon Trail on the computer or have ever locked yourself out of your house — twice in the same day. Crosley's voice is uniquely... (read more)

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Saving Fish from Drowning (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Saving Fish from Drowning (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by Amy Tan
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Saving Fish from Drowning is a funny, almost magical look at group dynamics, altruism, and self-interest set against the beauty and repressive politics of Myanmar. Impressive and surprisingly moving.... (read more)

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