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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
Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters - John  Langan I loved the general ambition of this thing: the author asks, "What monsters don't people write about any more, or what fears seem so dated as to be unusable? And how might I then use them, effectively?:

So we have a mummy, a skeleton, etc. (And in addition to fetishizing cool old monsters, the author has a jones for Jameses, both M.R. and Henry, which at times invigorates and at other times enervates.) I loved a couple of the stories, hated only one (the comp tutor mise-en-abyme, which is a shame given that Langan and I share a job around comp, but... this just didn't work for me). A pretty good collection, all told, and I will pick up the novel he has coming.