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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
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury - Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Jacquelyn Mitchard, David Morrell, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, Julia Keller, Bayo Ojikutu, Charles Yu, Jay Bonansinga, Lee Martin, John Maclay, Joe Hill, Bonnie Jo Campbell, John McNally, Dan Chaon, Kelly Link, Ramsey Campbell, Thomas F. Mon 2 amazing stories, 1 pretty wonderful ('though it feels rushed). All are pleasant, but the weight of fond homage keeps most stuck in second gear. If you're a Bradbury fan--and why wouldn't you be--this is just fine, thank you, as we do a slow lap around familiar neighborhoods: lots of kids and parents figuring things out, or not, with a magic spooky wondrous strange spin. Lots of book-love. But too few shake the respectful cover-version constraints...

..except Joe Hill, who seems less to revisit than to have recovered a lost Bradbury short, and Dan Chaon, whose bittersweet horror is very much Dan Chaonny (and helps you see how, as he asserts in his afterword, Bradbury made him a writer), and Kelly Link, who mashes up many Bradburyesque devices in a very Linky stew (which seems to need another 100 pages, and I'd read 'em).

Recommended for fans, and worth sampling for all lovers of great magic emotional stories.