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Two Heads: A Graphic Exploration of How Our Brains Work with Other Brains by Uta Frith, Chris Frith, and Alex Frith; Illustrations by Daniel Locke (Scribner). Oversized (a bit past 7” x … more
A Tiny Upward Shove by Melissa Chadburn (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). What a first novel! Chadburn is an established essayist, but has made no fiction that I know of before this novel. It’s … more
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf). Beautiful novel by an author I ought to be arrested for never having noticed before (and high on best best-seller lists next Sunday). Clearly … more
What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins (Riverhead). One of last year’s best first novels, set aside by the column then (I remember why: it’s hard to summarize, hard to be clear and … more
A Sunlit Weapon: A Maisie Dobbs Mystery by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper). This classic series keeps finding ways to get richer. There’s a crime to be solved, as usual, but this is more a … more
The Shame Machine: Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation by Cathy O’Neil with Stephen Baker (Crown). An ingenious, at once enraging and entertaining, pop-sociological screed against, not … more
Ocean State by Stewart O’Nan (Grove). O’Nan is often attentive, as here, to working class life, which it’s clear he knows; he lives in it with us. I don’t recall another … more
All suspense, all the time (we sometimes have weeks like this, don’t we?) The Cage by Bonnie Kistler (Harper). Regular readers will surely remember the dramatic moment a few weeks ago … more
The Revenge of Power: How Autocrats are Reinventing Politics for the 21st Century by Moisés Naím (St. Martin’s). “People love dictators,” said a friend aof mine, … more
Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You by Ariel Delgado Dixon (Random House). A first novel, dark, literary (the writing sometimes hums, sometimes crackles), a “family … more
Sentient: How Animals Illuminate the Wonder of Our Human Senses by Jackie Higgins (Atria). A seriously brainy book of popular science, but then, also, popular philosophy—uh, kinda—but … more
Thank You, Mr. Nixon: Stories by Gish Jen (Knopf). Gish Jen is American, born to Chinese immigrants and grew up in America, and goodness knows educated here – she has a doctorate in English, … more
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