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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
THE NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead (Anchor). It may be impossible at this exact hyper-fraught moment in America's history to be quite convincing about how important, scarifying and horrifying and … more
THE MOUNTAINS WILD by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Minotaur). Beautifully written, realistic first mystery of a series. Set in New York and Dublin, told in first person by an Irish-American police detective … more
THE KILL CHAIN by Christian Brose (Hachette). A sophisticated but intelligible introduction to cyberwarfare, for nongeeks and not only for professionals, by any means—but let's hope some in our … 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. And after all these years … more
THESE WOMEN by Ivy Pochoda (Ecco/HarperCollins). This is Pochoda's third novel—I haven't seen her earlier two, but this one is really strong, with character depth and emotional complexity and … more
DARK MIRROR: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State by Barton Gellman (Penguin). There is a portrait of Snowden, here, at no great length but thoughtful and in depth enough to confirm … more
THE HOUSE OF DEEP WATER by Jeni McFarland (Putnam). Hardly a commanding recommendation for me to say that a novel gets real life in a small middle-western town really right. I couldn't get out of … more
BECOMING WILD: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace by Carl Safina (Holt). Enormously gifted explainer, clarifier, of natural history. And a writer both welcoming and … more
A BOOK OF LONGINGS by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking). Alternate-history novel, witty, not exactly irreverent—but the first-person narrator is the wife of Jesus of Nazareth. Not preaching, understand, just … more
THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine). The new novel by the author of the bestseller BEFORE WE WERE YOURS, which the column neglected. This one (rather like that one, I've discovered) … more
THE OTHER BENNET SISTER by Janice Hadlow (Holt). Not just the next Jane-ite pastiche (though the column has liked some of those). Not even the first that centers on Mary, the coolly neglected middle … more
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