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The Heights

In the vein of William Landay’s Defending Jacob, this title is a good choice for readers who enjoy twisting narratives.

Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking: Poems

A gorgeous, open-hearted debut.

All the Flowers Kneeling

Readers will be sure to find connection and refuge within Tran’s standout collection. Highly recommended for all collections.

The Method: How the Twentieth Century Learned To Act

Butler has produced an essential study of this hugely influential theory and practice of American acting. This work should be in every collection of books on theater and film.

Chilean Poet

English-language readers should not allow themselves to be distracted by the plethora of poets populating the novel, some famous (e.g., Nicanor Parra) and others bogus, but should instead focus on Zambra’s overarching paean to literature in general and poetry in particular.

Loss of Memory Is Only Temporary: Stories

Francine Prose’s preface aptly praises Kaplan’s “paradoxically scathing and compassionate insight” into characters revealed in the midst of an uncertain present, poised between Old World and New. A rare gem, recovered.

Otherlands: Journeys in Earth’s Extinct Ecosystems

Halliday’s brilliantly imaginative reconstructions, his deft marshalling of complex science, offers a thrilling experience of deep-time nature for pop-science buffs.

Turtles of the World: A Guide to Every Family

Authoritative, visually compelling, and broadly accessible, this guide will please a broad swath of readers interested in turtles.

The Book of Cold Cases

When it comes to sending shivers down readers’ spines, St. James gives Shirley Jackson a run for her money, and her latest addictively readable novel will have one sleeping with the lights on.
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