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ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Frederik Backman (Simon & Schuster). Backman is yet another famous and beloved writer that the column has overlooked. He's out of the ordinary in a number of ways, all of which help … more
ANALOGIA: THE EMERGENCE OF TECHNOLOGY BEYOND PROGRAMMABLE CONTROL by George Dyson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Okay, so the title is nearly meaningless, and the subtitle might scare you teeth-clenching … more
HOLLOW KINGDOM by Kira Jane Buxton (Grand Central). This is a week with five (count 'em) terrific books; all equally a pleasure to recommend, but the other four are more easily described. This one is … more
FALLOUT: THE HIROSHIMA COVER-UP AND THE REPORTER WHO . . . by Lesley M. M. Blume (Simon & Schuster). If you've read John Hersey's classic book on America's nuclear behavior in Japan, you mightn't … more
A PRIVATE CATHEDRAL by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster). The big new Dave Robicheaux crime epic (but then, more)—as always, self-contained, can be read as a stand-alone. I've been saying he gets … more
ON CORRUPTION IN AMERICA: AND WHAT IS AT STAKE by Sarah Chayes (Knopf). Journalist, is what she and her publisher call Chayes. The job description, scholar and philosopher of expensively attired, … more
SUMMER by Ali Smith (Pantheon). There's little more for me to tell you about this most exhilarating of masterpieces. There's this: Even though I've said that it didn't matter much in what order you … more
BREAK ‘EM UP by Zephyr Teachout (St. Martin's/All Points). I once actually voted for Zephyr Teachout because I liked her name when I saw it on the ballot. It was in a primary election where I … more
TROUBLE THE SAINTS by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Tor). Opening this week with yet another young literary writer, one of particularly brave imagination and daring style. This is alternate-history fiction … more
CROOKED HALLELUJAH by Kelli Jo Ford (Grove). The column's new favorite book of the year is full of scruffy, rough-edged poor people who are not exactly easy to love; but once they're in your head … more
MOTHER LAND by Leah Franqui (HarperCollins). It would probably trivialize this emotionally strong and simply beautiful novel to compare it to a romantic comedy—as smart as the best of those have … more
THE SON OF GOOD FORTUNE by Lysley Tenorio (HarperCollins). A first novel, and a very important American literary novelist to introduce oneself to. What a pleasure it is that the book is also … more
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