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MAN TIGER by Eka Kurniawan

December 11, 2015

STARKLY BEAUTIFUL INDONESIAN novel follows the fortunes of two neighboring families. Gorgeous writing. SOLID A

MAN TIGER
Verso
2015

Grade: SOLID A

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THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thanh Nguyen

July 31, 2015

THE VIETNAM WAR FROM a Vietnamese perspective, vividly brought to life in a complex, powerful novel. Wow. SOLID A

THE SYMPATHIZER
Grove Press
2015

Grade: SOLID A

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THE CHILDREN ACT by Ian McEwan

November 12, 2014

HEARTBREAKING, UNADORNED, GRACEFUL prose tells the story of a family court judge and a high-profile case. SOLID A

THE CHILDREN ACT
Nan A. Talese
2014

Grade: SOLID A

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FAMILY LIFE by Akhil Sharma

May 15, 2014

GENTLY DEVASTATING NOVEL tells the story of a family shaken by emigration, and by sudden tragedy. Amazing! SOLID A

Grade: SOLID A

FAMILY LIFE
W. W. Norton & Company
2014

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VIVIANE by Julia Deck

May 9, 2014

GORGEOUS EXISTENTIAL MYSTERY uses the death of a psychiatrist to explore questions of truth, love, identity. SOLID A

VIVIANE
New Press, The
2014

Grade: SOLID A

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A HISTORY OF FUTURE CITIES by Daniel Brook

February 19, 2014

FOUR WORLD CITIES on key thresholds: East/West, tradition/modernity, heritage/globalism. Brilliant, complex! SOLID A

A HISTORY OF FUTURE CITIES
W. W. Norton & Company
2013

Grade: SOLID A

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THE GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride

February 11, 2014

A MUST FOR BLACK HISTORY month: read this brilliant, bawdy, heartbreaking novel of slavery and rebellion. SOLID A

THE GOOD LORD BIRD
Riverhead Hardcover
2013

Grade: SOLID A

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MO’ META BLUES by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

September 14, 2013

THE SMARTEST BOOK OF 2013 is this brilliant memoir from music’s Questlove (Ahmir Thompson). Full stop. SOLID A

MO’ META BLUES: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO QUESTLOVE
Grand Central Publishing
2013

Grade: SOLID A

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WAITING FOR SUNRISE, by William Boyd

September 7, 2012

EXTRAORDINARY, RIVETING NOVEL from the incomparable William Boyd: great historical fiction, great spy yarn.

Grade: SOLID A

WAITING FOR SUNRISE
Harper
2012

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WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL? by Jeanette Winterson

July 19, 2012

NOVELIST JEANETTE WINTERSON’S lyrical memoir testifies to her faith in love despite her grueling childhood.

Grade: SOLID A

WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL?
Grove Press
2012

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