• FICTION

    THE INCARNATIONS

    AUG. 18, 2015

FICTION

THE INCARNATIONS

by Susan Barker

Effortlessly blends the past with the present, dark humor with profound sadness. A deeply human masterpiece. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN

    AUG. 18, 2015

FICTION

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN

by Lucia Berlin ; edited by Stephen Emerson

A testament to a writer whose explorations of society’s rougher corners deserve wider attention. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FATES AND FURIES

    SEPT. 15, 2015

FICTION

FATES AND FURIES

by Lauren Groff

An intricate plot, perfect title, and a harrowing look at the tie that binds. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE STORY OF MY TEETH

    SEPT. 15, 2015

FICTION

THE STORY OF MY TEETH

by Valeria Luiselli ; translated by Christina MacSweeney

A clever philosophical novel that, as the author puts it, has “less to do with lying than surpassing the truth.” Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE BOOK OF ARON

    MAY 12, 2015

FICTION

THE BOOK OF ARON

by Jim Shepard

Ordinary people reveal dimensions that are extraordinarily cruel or kind. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A LITTLE LIFE

    MARCH 10, 2015

FICTION

A LITTLE LIFE

by Hanya Yanagihara

The phrase “tour de force” could have been invented for this audacious novel. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME

    JULY 8, 2015

NONFICTION

BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This moving, potent testament might have been titled “Black Lives Matter.” Or: “An American Tragedy.” Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    WHIRLWIND

    MAY 5, 2015

HISTORY

WHIRLWIND

by John Ferling

A first-rate historian’s masterful touch conveys the profound changes to colonists’ “hearts and minds.” Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    H IS FOR HAWK

    MARCH 3, 2015

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

H IS FOR HAWK

by Helen Macdonald

Whether you call this a personal story or nature writing, it’s poignant, thoughtful and moving—and likely to become a... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE DELUGE

    NOV. 13, 2014

HISTORY

THE DELUGE

by Adam Tooze

A lucid, first-rate history of the results of a war whose beginning a century ago we are busily commemorating. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    PACIFIC

    OCT. 27, 2015

HISTORY

PACIFIC

by Simon Winchester

Winchester’s passionate research—on sea and land—undergirds this superb analysis of a world wonder that we seem hellbent on... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE INVENTION OF NATURE

    SEPT. 8, 2015

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE INVENTION OF NATURE

by Andrea Wulf

Humboldt was the Einstein of the 19th century but far more widely read, and Wulf successfully combines a biography with an... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE NEW SMALL PERSON

    FEB. 10, 2015

CHILDREN'S

THE NEW SMALL PERSON

by Lauren Child ; illustrated by Lauren Child

How nice to see a familiar story made new with a family of color and a little brother as hero. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    LILLIAN'S RIGHT TO VOTE

    JULY 14, 2015

CHILDREN'S

LILLIAN'S RIGHT TO VOTE

by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans

A much-needed picture book that will enlighten a new generation about battles won and a timely call to uphold these... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ECHO

    FEB. 24, 2015

CHILDREN'S

ECHO

by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova

A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it’s... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    FUNNY BONES

    AUG. 25, 2015

CHILDREN'S

FUNNY BONES

by Duncan Tonatiuh ; illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Following on his Sibert Honor–winning Separate Is Never Equal (2014), Tonatiuh further marks himself as a major nonfiction... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH

    APRIL 28, 2015

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH

by Martha Brockenbrough

Race, class, fate and choice—they join Love and Death to play their parts in Brockenbrough’s haunting and masterfully... Full review >

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