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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
West of Here - Jonathan Evison Recommended. Many will like this more than me, and I think most will like it, period.

Often funny, often moving, often gripping . . . but a little bit marred by a lack of strong momentum. There's much that impresses -- a deliberately-ornate architecture (shifting time periods smoothly, but also juggling points of view with reckless, delightful enthusiasm); a strong central Idea; some very effective man v. nature writing, matched by some very fine mundane escapades. But long, and at a certain point (once I'd got a pretty firm grip on the Idea and was adept at the pov-juggling) that length felt at times like a trek more than trailblazing. I couldn't ever shake memories of T.C. Boyle's World's End.... but return to word one: this is an engaging book, and a writer worth watching. Your mileage will probably exceed my own.