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The Burning Girl by Claire Messud 0

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Claire Messud’s The Burning Girl smolders with the nostalgia of a frayed preteen friendship bracelet: this transportive novel spans the formative summers of Julia and Cassie, two best friends...

The Templars by Dan Jones 0

The Templars by Dan Jones

★★★★☆ The Templars have been transported through the dust of history to occupy a place in our consciousness that transcends who they really were and what they actually did. Hundreds of books and numerous...

The Grip of It by Jac Jemc 0

The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

★★★★☆ Moving in together, buying a house together, becoming a family: there are certain situations in life’s relationships that can feel more like a trial. However well you may know or love a person,...

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Eastman Was Here by Alex Gilvarry

★★★★☆ When a story’s main character possesses that ideal blend of questionable decisions and idiosyncratic worldviews, the resulting novel can really soar. Novelist Alex Gilvarry has accomplished this in the protagonist of Alan Eastman,...

Pig/Pork by Pia Spry-Marques 0

Pig/Pork by Pía Spry-Marqués

★★★★☆ Our love affair with pigs – more accurately pork – extends to the dawn of human existence. Excavations at the site of Medzhibozh 1 in Western Ukraine indicate that “wild boar were being...

Catching Breath by Kathryn Lougheed 0

Catching Breath by Kathryn Lougheed

★★★★☆ This “scientific biography” of tuberculosis (TB) is a fascinating, scholarly account of a persistent, often misunderstood disease. TB, as Kathryn Lougheed so eloquently reveals, has been with us since we became us. With...