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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 Intruders - Michael Marshall Better opening than wrap-up, which is probably typical in the "what-the-hell-is-going-on?" genre. For a hundred pages, events pile up without any clear sense of cause or correlation, and part of the fun of such books is not knowing what the patterns are. (It's a paranoiac's thrill: all the stuff going on in our lives might just very well be ordered in ways that make some other kind of sense....)

A fast read, and fun enough; not as good as Michael Marshall's stuff written under his full name (with the Smith attached at end), nor as smoothly disruptive and delightful as granddaddy Philip K. Dick's best stuff. It went from a 4-star to a 2-star read, so we'll call it even at 3.