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Small Things Like These

Keegan’s beautiful prose is quiet and precise, jewel-like in its clarity. Highly recommended.

The Wrong End of the Telescope

The great strength of this latest novel from National Book Award finalist Alameddine (An Unnecessary Woman) lies in how it deftly combines the biographical with the historical; the small, more personal moments often carry the most weight. A remarkable, surprisingly intimate tale of human connection in the midst of disaster.

Five Tuesdays in Winter

A series of beautifully written character studies brimming with insight into the human condition.

Love in the Big City

Centering on relationships (or the lack thereof), this work offers readers honest characterizations of flawed individuals from different walks of life who are all looking to find contentment regardless of their circumstances. Park’s writing is introspective and relatable, and the broad-ranging themes make this a good candidate for book group discussions.

Things I Have Withheld

With Miller’s insight and verve in each essay in this rich collection, this unputdownable book will stay with readers long after they’ve finished.

King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B. B. King

With this fast-moving, informative, evenhanded, and exhaustive biography, de Visé vividly captures King’s life.

The Human Zoo

As Ting’s unwritten book morphs into the very one we are reading, the author (Murray, a PEN/Faulkner Award winner for The Caprices) expands the original critique of the human zoo to include multiple zoos and multiple victimized humans, thus examining broad issues of culture, race, gender, sexuality, and politics against a global backdrop. Highly recommended.

The Killing Hills

Offutt (Country Dark; Kentucky Straight) has a reflective voice and a spare use of language. Hardin is an unforgettable character trapped between his army life and the “eye-for-an-eye” culture of rural Kentucky. Readers of James Anderson will appreciate this thoughtful mystery with a strong sense of place.

Hard Like Water

Though not for general readers, this is a must-read for those familiar with Yan’s writing. His liberal use of double entendre may also appeal to readers interested in historical fiction about this period of China’s history.


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