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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
Nobody Move - Denis Johnson Lean yet prone to intriguing distractions, full of grit and a whole lot of bad things happening to bad people but still marked by Johnson's typical empathy for fuckheads. It may bother some that this is an unabashed Popov shot of a crime novel, a little cheaper-tasting than you might have expected in such fancy trappings from a fancyboy big-shot, the sort of thing that could have held its own in a squeaking wire-frame paperback display squeezed in between copies of pulp writers no one but the staff at Hard Case know about anymore. I was gonna give it three stars, but I bumped it up for the absence of existential philosophizing, of pantomime cheapness or any whiff of pretension, and I did enjoy the hell out of the fast read. Where others might toss off a crime novel to get at the way of the world, Johnson--like the best of 'em--just writes a world. A scuzzy, ill-starred, violent world, with a shot of hope on the side.