• NONFICTION

    NEMESIS

    FEB. 9, 2016

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

NEMESIS

by Misha Glenny

Glenny does an admirable investigative job, delving deeply into the complicated causes and effects of Rio’s drug trafficking. Full review >

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    ROSALIE LIGHTNING

    JAN. 12, 2016

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

ROSALIE LIGHTNING

by Tom Hart illustrated by Tom Hart

A bracing, deeply saddening journey into death and loss whose wryly affirmative resolution, “joy breaking through the storm... Full review >

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    WHAT BELONGS TO YOU

    JAN. 19, 2016

FICTION

WHAT BELONGS TO YOU

by Garth Greenwell

A luminous, searing exploration of desire, alienation, and the powerful tattoo of the past. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    DRAWING BLOOD

    DEC. 1, 2015

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

DRAWING BLOOD

by Molly Crabapple illustrated by Molly Crabapple

Compelling reading about how art gave the author “a way to see, to record, to fight and interrogate…to find joy where once I... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE NATURE OF THE BEAST

    AUG. 25, 2015

FICTION

THE NATURE OF THE BEAST

by Louise Penny

Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

    FEB. 2, 2016

FICTION

THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

by Alexander Chee

Richly researched, ornately plotted, this story demands, and repays, close attention. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    BLEEDING EARTH

    FEB. 9, 2016

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

BLEEDING EARTH

by Kaitlin Ward

Grisly and sickening (but in the best way possible), the novel more than delivers on its promise of the macabre for lovers... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE PORTABLE VEBLEN

    JAN. 19, 2016

FICTION

THE PORTABLE VEBLEN

by Elizabeth McKenzie

McKenzie’s idiosyncratic love story scampers along on a wonderfully zig-zaggy path, dashing and darting in delightfully... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE MARE

    NOV. 3, 2015

FICTION

THE MARE

by Mary Gaitskill

Gaitskill explores the complexities of love (mares, meres…) to bring us a novel that gallops along like a bracing bareback... Full review >

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