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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
The Four Stages of Cruelty: A Novel - Keith Hollihan A fine, if somewhat familiar, narrative arc of conspiracies (old and recent) revealed in a seedy max-security prison -- but the insights into character, and the line by line evocations of mindset and milieu, are excellent. Kali's struggles to situate herself in--or escape from--the endless petty battles for dominance with inmates and her fellow COs are particularly well-drawn. And Hollihan writes violence (physical and psychological) with an acute, surprising particularity -- but he's equally good at catching the occasional but profound emergence of sympathy and compassion. It's a helluva debut.