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January 14

Book: Milkman

Winner of the Man Booker Prize “Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique.”―The Guardian In an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. She reads while walking, for one. And she has been taking French night classes downtown. So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes “interesting,” the last thing she ever wanted to be. Despite middle sister’s attempts to avoid him―and to... [more inside]
posted by OHenryPacey at 2:51 PM - 1 comment

January 10

Book: Sapiens

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” From IndieBound.org.
posted by CMcG at 11:33 AM - 7 comments

January 9

Book: A Terrible Country

When Andrei Kaplan's older brother Dima insists that Andrei return to Moscow to care for their ailing grandmother, Andrei must take stock of his life in New York. His girlfriend has stopped returning his text messages. His dissertation adviser is dubious about his job prospects. It's the summer of 2008, and his bank account is running dangerously low. Perhaps a few months in Moscow are just what he needs. [more inside]
posted by tofu_crouton at 10:42 AM - 1 comment

Book: Les Indociles

" Ce n'est pas une romance, pense Olympe. On ne voit rien d'elle que ses mains, et pourtant on a la sensation de son emprise sur lui. Pas de l'amour ; du pouvoir. [more inside]
posted by NathalieBou at 6:23 AM - 0 comments

January 8

Book: Midnight Riot/Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 7:46 PM - 40 comments

Book: Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

A murder mystery which is much more mysterious than it first appears. A fantastical and twisty story where our hero tries to find out who killed (or will kill) Evelyn Hardcastle at a ghastly party at the extremely remote Blackheath House. Best read without any spoilers (including those right inside this post). [more inside]
posted by Stark at 4:00 AM - 5 comments

January 5

Book: Census

When a widower receives notice from a doctor that he doesn’t have long left to live, he is struck by the question of who will care for his adult son—a son whom he fiercely loves, a boy with Down syndrome. With no recourse in mind, and with a desire to see the country on one last trip, the man signs up as a census taker for a mysterious governmental bureau and leaves town with his son. [more inside]
posted by grette at 2:15 PM - 1 comment

January 2

Book: There There

Tommy Orange’s There There is the story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. [more inside]
posted by tofu_crouton at 2:40 PM - 2 comments

Book: The Parking Lot Attendant

"A mesmerizing, indelible coming-of-age story about a girl in Boston's tightly-knit Ethiopian community who falls under the spell of a charismatic hustler out to change the world."
posted by mixedmetaphors at 11:50 AM - 4 comments

Book: Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

A young woman confronting her fears and finding home in the North. Blair Braverman fell in love with the North at an early age: By the time she was nineteen, she had left her home in California, moved to Norway to learn how to drive sled dogs, and worked as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:23 AM - 6 comments

December 31, 2018

Book: Blue at the Mizzen

In the final book of the twenty-book series: peace has erupted again, and the Surprises are rich and rudderless: doomed to be blind drunk, poxed, and stripped before Sunday, with dangerous notions that there ain't no martial law and they ain't slaves. However, there is work to be done. The disgusting British Empire's business in Chile is unfinished, now even more complicated by a rift within the juntas and the addition of a freelance meddler, Sir David Lindsay, with his uniform like that of the Royal Navy but with rather more lace, and with his rebuilt Asp and her long brass chasers. A thorny situation to resolve – if the Surprise can ever find a shipyard to heal her mangled shattered foreparts and go from all ahoo to all a-tanto – with no hope of a prize or distinction at the end of it. Is it Jack's implacable fate to be yellowed? Be astonished by the answer within Blue at the Mizzen. Meanwhile, Stephen courts the potto lady. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 4:30 AM - 6 comments

December 30, 2018

Book: Thick

One of Book Riot's “The Best Books We Read in October 2018” “To say this collection is transgressive, provocative, and brilliant is simply to tell you the truth.” —Roxane Gay, author of Hunger and Bad Feminist Smart, humorous, and strikingly original essays by one of “America’s most bracing thinkers on race, gender, and capitalism of our time” (Rebecca Traister) In these eight piercing explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom—award-winning professor and...
posted by k8t at 1:10 PM - 5 comments

December 29, 2018

Book: Sunshine

A small-town baker uses her magic to confront a post–vampire apocalypse world in this award-winning urban fantasy Neil Gaiman called “pretty much perfect.” Although it had been mostly deserted since the Voodoo Wars, there hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years. Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, head baker at her family’s busy and popular café in downtown New Arcadia, needed a place to get away from all the noise and confusion—of the clientele and her family. Just for a few hours. Just...
posted by COD at 6:30 AM - 12 comments

December 28, 2018

Book: The Immortalists

From Amazon’s description: “If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. In search of one thing they can know for sure, the Gold children -- four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness -- sneak out to hear their fortunes.”
posted by CMcG at 5:29 PM - 5 comments

December 26, 2018

Book: Alice Isn't Dead

Keisha's wife is dead. Or she's supposed to be. One day, Alice shows up in the background of a TV news story, staring directly at the camera. And then again. And again. Already riddled with anxiety, Keisha abandons her old life to become a truck driver, looking for the wife she no longer believes is dead and investigating the clues she left behind that may point to a larger, more sinister mystery. Based on the podcast of the same name by Joseph Fink (Welcome to Night Vale).
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:57 PM - 4 comments

December 21, 2018

Book: The Lost Book of the Grail

In The Lost Book of the Grail, author Charlie Lovett weaves together elements of romance, historical fiction, and mystery into an engrossing novel that is hard to put down. The book chapters alternate between two settings:
  • Historical fiction set in a Christian monastery charged with hiding a Grail related artifact from first Viking hordes, and later the British monarchy stamping out undesirable religions.
  • A modern day setting of a university professor and Grail enthusiast chasing down clues to the location of the Holy Grail, which he believes is somewhere in the small British university town where he teaches.
Throughout the story, the author weaves together a debate on the nature of faith versus science, a deep and abiding love of old books, romance, and an old-fashioned mystery yarn and brings it all together into a satisfying conclusion.
posted by COD at 2:45 PM - 1 comment

Book: My Sister, the Serial Killer

When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in "self-defense" and the third mess her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other...
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:02 AM - 4 comments

December 20, 2018

Book: All Grown Up

Who is Andrea Bern? When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she’s a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it’s what she leaves unsaid—she’s alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh—that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult. But when Andrea’s niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:07 PM - 2 comments

December 19, 2018

Book: The Book of M

A man in India suddenly loses his shadow, a phenomenon scientists cannot explain. As people around the globe watch, fascinated, from their TV screens, he unexpectedly begins to lose something else, too: his memories. Soon, he isn't the only one afflicted. In communities all around the globe, people's shadows disappear, and in their place come strange and unfathomable abilities that threaten humanity's very existence.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:41 AM - 8 comments

December 18, 2018

Book: All Our Wrong Todays

You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Tom Barren lives there, in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases. But then, via a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:04 AM - 11 comments

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