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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 Believers - Zoë Heller One hundred pages in. I have often thought of Jane Austen as a bit too straitjacketed for my tastes, but you can always see--hell, you can feel--a ferocious rage at the hypocrisies and inanities and horrid behaviors of society, but coupled with a capacious compassion for all fools and foolishness. She really gets, but doesn't condemn, the horrible way people treat one another. I have often thought that, if alive in our era, Jane Austen would have kicked Kingsley Amis' ass.

Zoe Heller is without a straitjacket. This book is fierce and funny, and so open to the humanity of such bitter, bilious behavior.

So far, anyway.