The Pale King: by David Foster Wallace
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The Pale King: by David Foster Wallace

Let me start out by saying that when reviewing David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel The Pale King in early December, there’s the possibility that my critical viewpoint is…

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: by Ransom Riggs
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: by Ransom Riggs

Jacob’s grandfather told strange stories, but he had every reason and every right to exercise his yarn-spinning eccentricity. As a boy, Abe Portman was shipped off to England…

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The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (Vol. 1): by Francis Fukuyama
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The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (Vol. 1): by Francis Fukuyama

When you’re penning a two-volume series ambitiously titled The Origins of Political Order, every word counts. When it comes to the word count of political philosopher Francis Fukuyama’s…

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Go the Fuck to Sleep: by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortés
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Go the Fuck to Sleep: by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortés

Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortés Rating: 5.0/5.0 Publisher: Akashic Books Today I told a drinking straw to go fuck itself. Pulling…

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Cleopatra: A Life: by Stacy Schiff
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Cleopatra: A Life: by Stacy Schiff

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff Rating: 4.0/5.0 Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Cleopatra has been mythologized, demonized and immortalized but for all the wrong reasons, according to…

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My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top: by Jon Glaser
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My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top: by Jon Glaser

My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top by Jon Glaser Rating: 4.6/5.0 Publisher: Harper Perennial Jon Glaser has always been a funny guy, and after over a decade…

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A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America: by Ernest Drucker
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A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America: by Ernest Drucker

A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America by Ernest Drucker Rating: 4.3/5.0 Publisher: The New Press In June of 2011, the Global Commission on…

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I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon): by Richard Polsky
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I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon): by Richard Polsky

I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon) by Richard Polsky Rating: 4.2/5.0 Publisher: Other Press I touched a Warhol once. I know it was the wrong thing to do…

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Incognito: by David Eagleman
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Incognito: by David Eagleman

Incognito by David Eagleman Rating: 4.3/5.0 Publisher: Pantheon I first heard about David Eagleman earlier this year in a feature run in The New Yorker. In it, the…

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The Warmth of Other Suns: by Isabel Wilkerson
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The Warmth of Other Suns: by Isabel Wilkerson

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson Rating: 4.4/5.0 Publisher: Random House The Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Act may stand as touchstone moments in African-American…

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