Posted on: March 8, 2017

Stories of Your Life and Others

Stories of Your Life and Others

by Ted Chiang

Reviewed by Matt:

This collection contains some of the most interesting and intelligent science fiction stories I've ever read. But what sets them apart is that several also pack a genuine emotional punch. (Republished in 2016 with an...

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Posted on: December 31, 2014

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Reviewed by Linda:

A New Yorker staff writer, Elizabeth Kolbert knows how to grab and hold our attention in this account of evolution as it is being altered by humankind. Throughout earth's history there have been five major mass extinc...

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Posted on: November 19, 2014

Bobcat, and Other Stories

Bobcat, and Other Stories

by Rebecca Lee Matt's Review:

Sharply-observed short stories about heartbreak, dinner parties, plagiarism, and other topics. They pack a punch, they're funny, and they're full of incredible sentences.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

True Grit

True Grit

by Charles Portis Mattie Ross is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father'...

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Tenth of December

Tenth of December

by George Saunders A collection of stories includes "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient s...

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Little Bee

Little Bee

by Chris Cleave A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers – one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Mountains Beyond Mountains

by Tracy Kidder Traces the efforts of Harvard-educated Dr. Paul Farmer to transform healthcare on a global scale, documenting his visits to some of the world's most impoverished regions and the unconventional methods that enabled him to improve and save l...

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

by David Foster Wallace In this exuberantly praised book – a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveli...

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

by Truman Capote

An account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers.

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

by David Mitchell Recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future, from a nineteenth-century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalayptic world.

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

by Junot Díaz Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

The Southern Reach Trilogy

Annihilation

by Jeff VanderMeer Matt's Review:

This trilogy about the Southern Reach – the government agency charged with containing and exploring the mysterious Area X – will alter your brain. Bizarre and amazing. (The first book is Annihilation.)

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