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Sentient: How Animals Illuminate the Wonder of Our Human Senses by Jackie Higgins (Atria). A seriously brainy book of popular science, but then, also, popular philosophy—uh, kinda—but … more
Thank You, Mr. Nixon: Stories by Gish Jen (Knopf). Gish Jen is American, born to Chinese immigrants and grew up in America, and goodness knows educated here – she has a doctorate in English, … more
On the plus side, winter in Sullivan County brings with it ice fishing, skating, skiing, tobogganing and families gathering around the fireplace. The flip side is that winter also gives us power … more
Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century by Dana Stevens (Atria). A biography of the great deadpan comedian and genius film-maker—he is, it … more
The Runaway: A Peter Ash Novel by Nick Petrie (Putnam). Targeted: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel by Stephen Hunter (Emily Bestler/Atria). This might be awkward: two superficially similar action novels … more
The Fifties: An Underground History by James R. Gaines (Simon and Schuster). A smart, alert history of a near-past decade in America that was never given a name and is mostly overlooked and … more
Greek Myths: A New Retelling by Charlotte Higgins (Drawings by Chris Ofili) (Pantheon). Some familiar books and stories might come to mind as we read through these myths—but few of us are, in … more
Silent Parade by Keigo Higashino (Minotaur). Big, strong, intricate crime novel, set in and around Tokyo. It’s called a Detective Galileo novel, for a guy who isn’t a police … more
White Hot Hate: A True Story of American Terrorism by Dick Lehr (Mariner). A riveting account of an ordinary Kansan who stumbled on a horrifyingly rageful bunch of guys, and was recruited by the … more
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan (Grove). So, a short novel, Irish, that ends in the Christmas season; so…? So, not a bit of it. That is, that’s all true, or, you know, … more
LaserWriter II by Tamara Shopsin (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). A very smart and funny and (what’s somewhat surprising) endearing first novel by a previously well published nonfiction writer, … more
Christmas gifts, column 2:Creation: Art Since the Beginning by John Paul Stonard (Bloomsbury). A nervy title, and in fact a brave undertaking; others will be needed to attest to how perfectly judged … more
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