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McGlue
Ottessa Moshfegh
Knife Fight and Other Struggles
David Nickle
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
Andrew Solomon
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride
Ancillary Justice
Ann Leckie
Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More (New Edition)
Derek Bok
Dissident Gardens
Jonathan Lethem
Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s
Kim Newman
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick
Complete Novels
Dashiell Hammett, Steven Marcus
The Old Turk's Load - Gregory Gibson Gibson packs an epic crime novel into a sleek 300 pages: a dozen or so major players, each with 2 or 3 different agendas, pursuing a misplaced load of mob heroin. (Epic crime comes in units called Ellroys, right?). The sheer density of capers and double-dealings would seem to promise all kinds of leaden exposition, but Gibson's got a master's touch--the book flies, with a great deal of wit. Even better, it's real wit, not whimsy--characters say and do funny things, but as Elmore Leonard would put it, they don't know they're funny.