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The Sorcerer of Pyongyang

Recalling Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son, this intriguing new work from Theroux plunges readers into a dystopian North Korea and extracts the emotional complexity of a single life intended to be lived as a secondary character within its state ideology.

The Singularities

Banville’s poetical fiction explores the implications of the theory of singularity through the human perception of memory, loss, and guilt, even as he slyly braids together characters and themes from his past novels into a meta-narrative about the haunting implications of parallel universes.

Musical Revolutions: How the Sounds of the Western World Changed

Much like Isacoff’s previous books, this is a sprawling narrative, intertwining history, politics, and musical biography, that’s as entertaining as it is informative. Whether readers are dedicated musicologists or casual fans, they’ll enjoy this thought-provoking dive into the history of Western music.


Brooks has penned a clever and richly detailed novel about how we commodify, commemorate, and quantify winning in the United States, all through the lens of horse racing. Highly recommended.

The Pages

Much like Ian McEwan’s Nutshell, narrated by a fetus, Hamilton’s latest novel conceals a clever literary element with beautiful prose and a deeper meditation on time itself.


Much like Updike, Franzen is keenly aware that human struggle is defined by understanding and acceptance and that it is generational, ideas he admirably captures here.

More Than I Love My Life

A visceral dissection of what we choose to protect and neglect in striving for moral clarity.

A Song Everlasting

Some readers may not find the protagonist’s internal struggle compelling, but his story is written with heart and hope.

A Passage North

Intricately written prose that navigates sorrow, exclusion, and national identity.

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