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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 Other Hand - Chris Cleave Damn, thought I'd reviewed this when I read it. You're going to hear a lot of hype; I picked it up based on hype out of England. It's not as great as all that, and the ambitious marketer who changed the title from the more thematically astute "The Other Hand" to the cloying "Little Bee" (and penned the flap-copy about not wanting to ruin the story) owes the author a more cautious introduction to the more jaundiced audience who might, regrettably, set it aside. Then again, the author deserves a bit of blame, as in parts the novel is entirely too emowhimsimoving, veering between heavy-handed jocularity and equally burdensome SADness.

And at times it floored me. I was as moved by some passages--especially by the central "event" on the beach, told in a ruthlessly unsentimental manner--as I have been by any novel in some time.