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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
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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
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James Gleick
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Maynard and Jennica - Rudolph Delson Only my current interest in fiction about 9/11 kept me reading 'til the final page. And the only thing I liked about the book was the acknowledgments, which were funny and clever.

The book, however, was "funny" and "clever," a mock-oral history where every character speaks in the same voice, except for a couple of tin-eared attempts to include "black" voices. On the plus side, Delson mocks the gravitas of "tragedy" assumed by so many post-9/11, but on the minus side there's no reason, point, interest, even fun in the book's use of that event.

Normally I give up on a book I dislike long before it brings me to an active hate, so maybe I'm being particularly mean-spirited here because I forced myself to finish. Mea culpa.