Year in Reading

December 10, 2014

A Year in Reading: Porochista Khakpour 2

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Maybe to some “Novel of Ideas” or “Books of Ideas” sound like critical and commercial death sentences, but they have always been my page-turners. May we not fear concepts, philosophies, themes in a time when it feels like our survival depends on it.

December 10, 2014

A Year in Reading: Maureen Corrigan 3

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Russell Shorto’s ‘The Island at the Center of the World’ had me at page one.

December 10, 2014

A Year in Reading: Jayne Anne Phillips 4

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I’ve needed books this year, as the world and the Republic shudder and seem to devolve.

December 9, 2014

A Year in Reading: Edan Lepucki 14

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Before my summer publication madness, before I did my reading in airplanes and various Panera locations and cheesy hotel bars, I had one particular experience with a book that filled my soul with fizz and made me feel alive in that way that only reading a great book can.

December 9, 2014

A Year in Reading: Philipp Meyer 15

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Bully of Order is not always an easy book, but it’s brilliant, and Hart is an incredible writer who will likely go down as one of the greats.

December 9, 2014

A Year in Reading: Yelena Akhtiorskaya 0

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This may be the perfect book.

December 9, 2014

A Year in Reading: Tana French 1

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The way Guy’s mind twists and disintegrates makes the book an incredible study of psychological torture and how fine the membrane is between normality and the underlying darkness.

December 8, 2014

A Year in Reading: Emily St. John Mandel 4

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Without reservation, I would call J.M. Ledgard’s Submergence a masterpiece.

December 8, 2014

A Year in Reading: Phil Klay 0

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It’s a short little book that, despite being an absolutely zany satire, packs a serious emotional punch. And it’s hilarious.

December 8, 2014

A Year in Reading: Jane Smiley 0

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Banffy’s insights into the failures of politics, both through corruption and through incompetence, seem absolutely relevant to modern America.