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THE TREES by Percival Everett

September 23, 2021

POWERFUL, TENSE, WITTY novel from the incomparable Percival Everett combines forms from the detective thriller to the Southern grotesque to classic horror to tell a horrifying, necessary story about race in the United States. SOLID A

THE TREES
Graywolf Press
2021

Grade: SOLID A

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LET THE RECORD SHOW by Sarah Schulman

July 8, 2021

A PASSIONATE HISTORY OF ACT UP New York documents the AIDS activist group’s true range and power. It’s an extraordinary achievement in public history—a symphony of voices honoring deep courage and clarity. SOLID A

LET THE RECORD SHOW
Farrar
2021

Grade: SOLID A

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THE COMMITTED by Viet Thanh Nguyen

March 11, 2021

A SECOND EPIC, PICARESQUE SATIRE from Pulitzer winner Viet Thanh Nguyen follows his nameless Vietnamese protagonist to Paris, where he is embroiled in underworld as well as political dangers. Glorious, orotund, metaphysical, witty. SOLID A

THE COMMITTED
Grove Press
2021

Grade: SOLID A

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MY YEAR ABROAD by Chang-rae Lee

March 4, 2021

WILDLY INVENTIVE NOVEL combines vivid, evocative realism with stunningly bizarre situations to great satiric effect. It’s the Candide of the 21st century, if Voltaire had been great at details and dialogue. SOLID A

MY YEAR ABROAD
Riverhead Books
2021

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THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr.

February 18, 2021

ENSLAVED MEN IN LOVE shake a plantation’s life to its roots with their forbidden joy. Glorious parable of beauty and rage, in prose both mystical and devastatingly precise. SOLID A

THE PROPHETS
G.P. Putnam's Sons
2021

Grade: SOLID A

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FLOATING IN A MOST PECULIAR WAY by Louis Chude-Sokei

February 11, 2021

A LIFE OF MANY EXILES, from Biafra to Jamaica to the United States, recounted with playful wit and raw candor, and above all, ruthless clarity. Stunning. SOLID A

FLOATING IN A MOST PECULIAR WAY
Mariner Books
2021

Grade: SOLID A

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LAKEWOOD by Megan Giddings

April 18, 2020

A MYSTERIOUS GOVERNMENT EXPERIMENT, a young Black woman in need of cash: the stage is set for a tense, brilliantly timely thriller. Outstanding. SOLID A

LAKEWOOD
Amistad
2020

Grade: SOLID A

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TRANSCRIPTION (HARDCOVER) by Kate Atkinson

March 8, 2019

GLORIOUSLY ENGROSSING STORY of espionage in World War II London. Unflinching, clever, the antidote to so much cheap wartime romance. SOLID A

TRANSCRIPTION (HARDCOVER)
Little
2018

Grade: SOLID A

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AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones

February 8, 2018

LOVE IN A TIME OF INJUSTICE: a cruel twist of fate leaves a wake of shattered Black families. Heartbreaking and wise. SOLID A

AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE
Algonquin Books
2018

Grade: SOLID A

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GNOMON (HARDCOVER) by Nick Harkaway

January 24, 2018

A GLORIOUS LABYRINTH OF MYSTERY, science fiction, myth and legend tells a dark tale of a post-privacy future. SOLID A

GNOMON (HARDCOVER)
Knopf
2018

Grade: SOLID A

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