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LESS by Andrew Sean Greer

October 26, 2017

GENTLE, WITTY, SHARPLY insightful comic novel follows a midlist, midlife novelist around the world. A MINUS

LESS
Lee Boudreaux Books
2017

Grade: A MINUS

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FOUND AUDIO (PAPERBACK) by N. J. Campbell

October 23, 2017

DREAMLIKE, SLIGHTLY SPOOKY metanovel about a writer seeking out “odd things” around the world. Lovely, weird. B PLUS

FOUND AUDIO (PAPERBACK)
Two Dollar Radio
2017

Grade: B PLUS

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WOULD EVERYBODY PLEASE STOP? by Jenny Allen

October 19, 2017

FUNNY, ANGRY ESSAYS by a writer and performer cover motherhood, illness, divorce, and everyday annoyances. SOLID B

WOULD EVERYBODY PLEASE STOP?: REFLECTIONS ON LIFE AND OTHER BAD IDEAS (HARDCOVER)
Sarah Crichton Books
2017

Grade: SOLID B

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DYING by Cory Taylor

October 13, 2017

UNFLINCHING LOOK AT DYING from an Australian writer is also a nuanced, touching life story. Brave, lovely. A MINUS

DYING: A MEMOIR (HARDCOVER)
Tin House Books
2017

Grade: A MINUS

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THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD by Douglas Preston

October 11, 2017

A FABLED HISTORIC SITE and the nearly impossible quest to explore it. Journalism that reads like a thriller! B PLUS

THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD : A TRUE STORY
Grand Central Publishing
2017

Grade: B PLUS

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LURK by Adam Vine

October 9, 2017

PARTY HOUSE TURNS NIGHTMARE palace in a well crafted California horror tale with a touch of Stephen King. B PLUS

LURK
Forsaken
2016

Grade: B PLUS

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BLEAKER HOUSE by Nell Stevens

October 4, 2017

ON NOT WRITING A NOVEL: an intimate, thoughtful memoir by a writer who chased inspiration in isolation. B PLUS

BLEAKER HOUSE: CHASING MY NOVEL TO THE END OF THE WORLD (HARDCOVER)
Doubleday Books
2017

Grade: B PLUS

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THE DELIRIUM BRIEF (HARDCOVER) by Charles Stross

September 28, 2017

CIVIL SERVANT AND SORCERER Bob Howard and his occult gov’t cohort vs. the greatest evil yet—privatization. B PLUS

THE DELIRIUM BRIEF (HARDCOVER)
Tor.com
2017

Grade: B PLUS

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PREGNANT FUTURE by Joy Lo-Bamijoko

September 25, 2017

A BRAVE, DETERMINED WOMAN from rural Nigeria studies in early 1960s Rome, then returns home. Vividly written! B PLUS

PREGNANT FUTURE: NO ONE KNOWS WHAT TOMORROW WILL BRING
Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
2017

Grade: B PLUS

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BANNERLESS by Carrie Vaughn

September 22, 2017

POST-APOCALYPTIC DETECTIVE STORY follows a determined investigator through a ruined California. Intense! B PLUS

BANNERLESS
John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books
2017

Grade: B PLUS

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