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Life Without Children: Stories

Doyle splendidly narrates his own words using his harsh, raspy voice to good effect, and a gentler tone when required; his female voices are believable. Doyle’s unique style demonstrates that suffering is a commonality, not something to be endured in silence.

The League of Set

A fun addition to any collection, and a good crossover choice, particularly where graphic novels are popular.


Doyle’s latest novel (after Smile) brilliantly highlights his ear for speech, especially the recursive fluency of inebriation. Narrated by Davy, this novel is a tough and tender celebration of the complexities of authentic friendship, as well as the ephemeral nature of memory. [See Prepub Alert, 12/2/19.]


The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached

This thoughtfully researched book will be best appreciated by true fans of the band, as well as devotees of 1960s rock and pop.

One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder

Doyle imparts a sense of breathless curiosity and joy in this blend of spirituality and philosophy; probing readers will find surprises and solace..


Confidently told, this second long-form work from Doyle (after Here Are the Young Men) alternates 11 vignettes with letters to an anonymous correspondent as the masterly narrative pacing brilliantly counterbalances lurid episodes and sometimes terror with devastating wit and epiphany. As ever, Doyle’s prose is compulsively readable, and his insights always credible and occasionally astonishing.

Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power

A vital read on femininity and sexuality that speaks to our past, present, and future.


Let the Children Play: Why More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive

An excellent offering for parent activists, education students, and school administrators.

The British Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia

For libraries serving secondary and college students, this accessible and engaging tour of extensive terrain fills a gap and provides a stepping stone to further research.

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