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Another fine mess

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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
A Mercy - Toni Morrison For now--4. [UPDATED to 5. I actually on a whim started rereading, and before I knew it was on about 50, and, yeah, it's amazing.)] This was amazing, and I kind of parcelled it out as a reward in small chunks each night, after drowning in the grading of papers.... It may climb to 5, but give me a few days to think about my reaction.

I will say, in brief: it is a great story, compulsively engaging the reader in terms of plot, untangling its interwoven narrators' stories. And each has a voice--particularly Florens--that sees that shared world fresh, distinctively. And it's one of those rare "important" novels that illuminates by enthralling you, rather than elucidating major ideas (or banging you over the head).