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We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin (One World). Reprint, a trade paperback, of last year's sensational first novel, somehow overlooked by this column until too late (when widespread rave … more
THE RESISTERS by Gish Jen (Knopf). Too early in the year for a baseball novel? Even one by a celebrated literary writer? Well, then, how about a near-future fantasy that's brilliantly inventive but … more
100 DAYS TO A YOUNGER BRAIN: Maximize Your Memory, Boost Your Brain Health, and Defy Dementia by Sabina Brennan (Hachette). Dr. Brennan is cheerful enough, but relentlessly practical; some of us read … more
LITTLE GODS by Meng Jin (Custom House). Brilliant first novel, by a brave young American writer—brave enough to dare you to get to know her book and its people—and also shrewd, smart enough to … more
FAILURE TO LAUNCH: Why Your Twenty-Something Hasn't Grown Up and What to Do About It by Mark McConville, Ph.D (Putnam). Yes, yet another book for parents about “transitioners” (this book's … more
FAILURE TO LAUNCH: Why Your Twenty-Something Hasn't Grown Up and What to Do About It by Mark McConville, Ph.D (Putnam). Yes, yet another book for parents about “transitioners” (this book's … more
BECOMING A MAN: The Story of a Transition by P. Carl (Simon & Schuster). A remarkable memoir, a book that dramatically opens our minds by speaking calmly. The author has, in fact, transitioned in his … more
QUIT LIKE A WOMAN: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol by Holly Whitaker (Dial). Well . . . I'm neither a woman nor an alcoholic. I'd even lost touch with how true it … more
THE SYSTEM by Ryan Gattis (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). A crime novel, is a precisely accurate characterization of this stunning new work, though that really doesn't due it . . . justice, I was about … more
VOLUME CONTROL: HEARING IN A DEAFENING WORLD by David Owen (Riverhead). Practical advice, but also clear, lively science—even social science, of the sounds we actually react to, on purpose or … more
THE SACRAMENT by Olaf Olafsson (Ecco). Don't be misled by the unmistakably Icelandic name of the author—this is not a “Nordic thriller,” in any usual sense, but singularly beautiful literary … more
AS I WAS SAYING. . . CHRISTMAS SHOPAHOLIC by Sophie Kinsella (Dial). A full-length Kinsella, 400+ pages. It's all about Christmas, and all about her character Becky Bloomwood (as she was—Becky … more
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