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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
Brother Termite - Patricia Anthony A great, unsung, strange dazzle of a novel. The book reads like a very strong version of a fairly-familiar political plot: the Washington insider trying desperately, and perhaps not entirely heroically, to spin his own survival against power blocs. It's steeped in the kind of paranoid musings on charismatic politicians, secret cabals, and backroom bargaining that fuel so many strong political thrillers.

Except that the insider here is an alien, part of the cabal that landed at Roswell, helped engineer JFK's death.

And JFK is currently surfacing, through the current President's medium, as a voice of conscience challenging the protagonist...

...which sounds fucking loony, and is, yet is played with the kind of spartan satirical precision that Richard Condon made seem so easy. And isn't. I really loved this book, and perhaps my memories of its wondrous strangeness give my rating a bounce. (It ranks among my favorite dead-Kennedy novels, and I've read a lot of them.) Good stuff, regardless of the foggy recollection.