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The last few years have been tough for a lot of us, and this novel is one that takes a finger to the wind of the swirling cloud of anxiety and worry, and offers an answer--albeit one that only leads to further questions. An introspective exercise in an attempt to find a way to weather the storm. — Luis
This is a Whitman's sampler of characters and their varying slow burn relationships with Neva, a magical Christ-like figure cursed/blessed with the power to dispense seemingly endless love. But this is delicious, vulgar, beautiful, sick Vollmann. I walked away from this book with a much higher awareness of the worth of everyone around me.—Ian
'Greenwood' slingshots the timeline whilst remaining linear, scattering and pollinating its mysteries throughout. A family name is a nickname and time is a game of telephone. A family tree, on paper, can just look like a post-tornado pile of branch scraps.—Ian
Oona Out of Order is a work of fiction that genuinely encouraged me to reflect upon my own mortality and the trajectory of my life. What would it be to live your life out of order? To instinctively want to second guess and redo what you saw as failures? At the heart, Oona Out of Order is about mastering the art of living in the moment and it is a terribly fun romp. —Rachel
Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.
A fairly thorough search for fairness and cab fare in the world that barely leaves the car or Mississippi. I laughed and (sadly) related. —Ian
My Dark Vanessa is riveting, nauseating, fascinating, and propulsive. I had trouble putting it down and have been thinking about it ever since I read the final sentence. —Janet
With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion, and courage.
It’s hard to explain mankind’s connection to wild animals, the desire for some to possess and capture, other’s deep need to protect and conserve. In Pride of Eden, Brown illustrates what happens when we hit a crisis regarding our treatment of exotic game. It’s a compelling story featuring as many four-legged characters as humans. —Rachel
P.S. Avid is hosting Taylor Brown on March 31!
Irby is back with another set of essays that will make you laugh, cringe, and nod your head in agreement, all at once.
This epistolary novel is a lot of fun—you may cringe if you identify with Roxy occasionally. Sexy, thoughtful, and funny, this is a quick read with a lot of heart. —Janet
This book is wild - check out Ian's even more wild review.
Sligar's novel is one of suspense and intrigue, but more importantly it reset's the narrative or women's mental health and credibility in their work. I loved the novel's commentary on art and photography, and thought the current running through the book comparing Kate and Miranda's unraveling mental health to the act of archiving was brilliant. — Christy
National Book Award finalist Laila Lalami brings her characteristic storytelling to non-fiction, discussing how the "boundaries of Americanness" prevail in America today.
Prepare yourself for another sweeping novel by Ferrante - set in a Naples torn in two. Giovanna is coming of age in a city dvided trying to find purpose and resolution in this tumultuous setting.
Sam's life has imploded and he is looking for total transformation. So, of course, he looks to a place that promises him a three-day fix, finding so much more than what he intended. Broken People is a journey into the nature of truth and fiction--a story of discovering hope amid cynicism, intimacy within chaos and peace in our own skin.
Athens has shown SO much love for N.K. Jemisin and we cannot wait for this trilogy that meshes science fiction with the class and racial tensions in a world similar to NYC.