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13 Debuts That Live Up to the Hype

  • FICTION

    CHERRY

    AUG. 14, 2018

FICTION

CHERRY

by Nico Walker

A bleak tale told bluntly with an abundance of profanity but also of insight into two kinds of living hell. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    PATRIOT NUMBER ONE

    MARCH 20, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

PATRIOT NUMBER ONE

by Lauren Hilgers

This excellent book makes a powerful argument for why the U.S. should always remain a place of sanctuary, benefiting... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    DEAD GIRLS

    JUNE 26, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

DEAD GIRLS

by Alice Bolin

An illuminating study on the role women play in the media and in their own lives. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THERE THERE

    JUNE 5, 2018

FICTION

THERE THERE

by Tommy Orange

In this vivid and moving book, Orange articulates the challenges and complexities not only of Native Americans, but also of... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    EDUCATED

    FEB. 20, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

EDUCATED

by Tara Westover

An astonishing account of deprivation, confusion, survival, and success. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ASYMMETRY

    FEB. 6, 2018

FICTION

ASYMMETRY

by Lisa Halliday

A singularly conceived graft of one narrative upon another; what grows out of these conjoined stories is a beautiful... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HOUSE OF NUTTER

    MAY 1, 2018

  • FICTION

    SEVERANCE

    AUG. 14, 2018

  • NONFICTION

    THE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS

    MAY 1, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS

by Clemantine Wamariya & Elizabeth Weil

Not quite as attention-getting as memoirs by Ismail Beah or Scholastique Mukasonga, but a powerful record of the refugee... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HALSEY STREET

    JAN. 1, 2018

FICTION

HALSEY STREET

by Naima Coster

Absorbing and alive, the kind of novel that swallows you whole. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE

    APRIL 10, 2018

FICTION

HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE

by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

In an era when writers of color are broadening the space in which class and culture as well as race are examined,... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    TANGO LESSONS

    JUNE 19, 2018

  • FICTION

    AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART

    APRIL 3, 2018

FICTION

AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART

by Elaine Castillo

Beautifully written, emotionally complex, and deeply moving, Castillo's novel reminds us both that stories may be all we... Full review >

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