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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 Tourist - Olen Steinhauer It was the wife that killed him!

I kid. The book is one twisty-ass mofo, and I don't want to spoil it. But I do want to spoil Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent, and just have.

In terms of sheer plotting, this rivals a couple of my favorite spy thrillers -- I kept recalling the phenomenal Soul of Viktor Tronko by David Quammen (yes, that Quammen), another espionage novel steeped in postmodern concerns about identity and narrative without losing the bite and snarl of history or realpolitik. Steinhauer's novel ... well, I'm still stewing over its impact, and I read it in a 24-hour stretch, and I stayed up late last night to finish it. Those are signifiers of great readerly pleasure -- you take it from there.