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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
Rock 'n' Roll - Tom Stoppard Typically wonderful Stoppard. I had heard about this play--which follows a few characters through 25(ish) years of history, centered around political resistance and social change in Czechoslovakia--and thought it'd be good (it's Stoppard). But also, being a shallow sort, I kept putting off reading, assuming that the specifics of that history wouldn't grab me.

It is a masterful condensed history of how such political struggles and transformation affected people, and it's powerfully affecting as such. Even more (duh--it's in the title), it's a vigorous debate about the role of art as dissidence, of the politics of rock'n'roll, of the proper stance for true political rebellion, and so on. All that, and funny and moving as hell.

Great play. Fast read.