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THE INSECURE MIND OF SERGEI KRAEV by Eric Silberstein

September 20, 2021

THE ROAD TO GLOBAL CYBERCATASTROPHE laid out in a snappy near-ish future science fiction thriller. Sharp writing and strong characterization buoy a high-energy, high-concept plot. A MINUS

THE INSECURE MIND OF SERGEI KRAEV
Liu Book Group
2021

Grade: A MINUS

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UNDOING DRUGS by Maia Szalavitz

September 2, 2021

THE POWER OF HARM REDUCTION, and how it presents a compassionate, effective alternative to an unwinnable “war on drugs,” documented in a compelling, eloquent, deeply researched book that could not be more timely. A MINUS

UNDOING DRUGS
Hachette Go
2021

Grade: A MINUS

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VELVET WAS THE NIGHT by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

August 28, 2021

EVOCATIVE NOIR THRILLER, set at the beginning of Mexico’s 1970s “Dirty War” against political dissidents. Tense and action-packed, but with thoughtful characterization and a vivid sense of place. A MINUS

VELVET WAS THE NIGHT
Del Rey
2021

Grade: A MINUS

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THE LIAR'S DICTIONARY by Eley Williams

August 26, 2021

AN ENCHANTING PUZZLE OF A NOVEL ties together an apprentice lexicographer and her counterpart from 100 years earlier in a word-dazzled mystery. Brilliant, eloquent, warm-hearted. A MINUS

THE LIAR'S DICTIONARY
Doubleday
2021

Grade: A MINUS

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YEAR OF THE NURSE by Cassie Alexander

August 2, 2021

AN ICU NURSE’S FRONT-LINES memoir of a COVID pandemic year. Raw, real account details the struggles, burnout, and PTSD faced by many US healthcare workers trying to keep people alive in overwhelmed hospitals. An important book. A MINUS

YEAR OF THE NURSE: A 2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC MEMOIR
Cassie Alexander
2021

Grade: A MINUS

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THE DISASTER TOURIST by Yun Ko-Eun

July 17, 2021

A DISASTER TRAVEL AGENT heads off to an isolated island nation and finds different crises than she had expected. Both a tense thriller and a thoughtful parable about tourism and exploitation. A MINUS

THE DISASTER TOURIST
Counterpoint
2020

Grade: A MINUS

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GIRLHOOD by Melissa Febos

July 15, 2021

THE DANGEROUS TERRITORY OF GIRLHOOD, and of femaleness in general, mapped expertly by Melissa Febos. Memoir, reportage, and analysis merge in a powerful examination of gendered existence. A MINUS

GIRLHOOD
Bloomsbury Publishing
2021

Grade: A MINUS

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MISCHIEF MAKER by Bruce Nesmith

July 12, 2021

LOKI SPEAKS! AFTER nine centuries of exile on Earth, the mischief maker is once more entangled in the conflict between Asgard and Jotunheim. Can he avert a second Ragnarok? Clever, action-filled riff on classic Norse mythology. A MINUS

MISCHIEF MAKER: A NORSE MYTHOLOGY CONTEMPORARY FANTASY
Craig Martelle, Inc
2021

Grade: A MINUS

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THE PLOT by Jean Hanff Korelitz

July 3, 2021

SCATHINGLY OBSERVANT THRILLER set in the literary world is at once a brilliant social satire and a sharp, twisty tale of psychological suspense. A MINUS

THE PLOT
Celadon Books
2021

Grade: A MINUS

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CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

June 24, 2021

LOVE, YEARNING, GRIEF, and joy are the cornerstones of this raw, brilliant memoir by a writer and musician whose extraordinary mother died far too young. Beautifully complex insights on split identity (Korean and American), and food and memory. A MINUS

CRYING IN H MART
Knopf
2021

Grade: A MINUS

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