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The Human Body: The International Side of Afghanistan

It’s easy to forget that American soldiers are not the only forces in harm’s way, and that the war effort is part of an international coalition. Giordano offers a different and valuable perspective – one worth visiting.

November 25, 2014

Challenge Yourself: We Are Not Ourselves

Matthew Thomas’s debut novel is heavy, uncomfortable, and beautiful.

November 24, 2014

Dark and Darker: The Heart Does Not Grow Back

A young man discovers he has powers of regeneration and what first seems like a blessing takes his life in unexpected directions.

November 22, 2014

Hitchhiker's Guide to Your Galaxy

Things are getting weird in Mira Grant’s Parasite, first in a new and thrilling trilogy.

November 20, 2014

Lies, Spies, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Brock Clarke's Smart Fourth Novel

In the wacky, new spy novel The Happiest People in the World, Brock Clarke crafts a satirical commentary on how paranoia and spy-obsessed culture can go wrong – and when this many CIA operatives are involved, something is always going wrong.

November 17, 2014

The Slow Burn of Lisa Gornick's Tinderbox

The writing in Lisa Gornick's character-driven novel, Tinderbox, has been compared to that of Jonathan Franzen's - and with good reason.

November 13, 2014

Romancing History: Penelope Fitzgerald's The Blue Flower

Penelope Fitzgerald called her book The Blue Flower a 'novel of sorts.' Indeed, its complexity and beauty doesn't leave it easily defined.

November 10, 2014

Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Epic Continues

The third novel in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels continues a story that will have you hooked from the start and keep you coming back for more.

November 9, 2014

Misdirection and Sleights of Hand: The Doubt Factory

Acclaimed author Paolo Bacigalupi’s second YA novel, The Doubt Factory, is a surprising (and pleasant!) departure from his Michael L. Printz Award-winning Ship Breaker.

November 8, 2014

A Spark of Life Behind Dead Eyes: The Latest from John Twelve Hawks

Jacob Underwood may be able to walk and talk, but he feels more dead than alive. Nothing is more dangerous than a man with nothing to lose in this dystopian thrill ride from enigmatic author John Twelve Hawks.

November 6, 2014

The Gentlemen of Denis Johnson's The Laughing Monsters

Meet the two antiheroes of Denis Johnson's new continent-crossing thriller who seem hell-bent on their own self-destruction.

November 4, 2014

Getting to the Point of Ha Jin's A Map of Betrayal

Ha Jin doesn’t waste time in his new novel, A Map of Betrayal. On the first page, you discover a few things about Gary Shang.

November 3, 2014

At the Intersection of Tolstoy and a Dancing Bear: The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald

In Penelope Fitzgerald’s comedy of manners, The Beginning of Spring, Tolstoy and a dancing bear neatly embody the narrative’s dramatic shifts in tone.

November 1, 2014

Another Book That's Worth the Fight

The second book in Sidney Halston’s Worth the Fight series, Full Contact, is as hotly entertaining as the last.

October 30, 2014

Why You'll Love Penelope Fitzgerald's The Bookshop

The Bookshop – Fitzgerald’s second novel, which she published when she was sixty-two and which was shortlisted for the Booker – is proof that she’s deserving of the word 'masterpiece.'