This is my book of the year! History is full of all the lies we tell ourselves and the world, but this book is the real thing.
Set in the 1800s against the rise and fall of popular author William Ainsworth, the success of Charles Dickens, the trial of the Tichbourne heir, and Britain’s abolition of slavery, The Fraud exposes our history and our present through the intimate observations of Ainsworth’s cousin, Mrs. Touchet, as she watches the lives around her, and her own, unfold. Once again, Zadie Smith reveals new ways to see our complex, brutal, often funny, and so often flawed world.
Is Frank Grasby a bumbling, self-involved detective, or is he more than he appears? Come for the cozy village mystery, stay for the post-war intrigue. Reading this book was like discovering a hidden gem under the tree!
A treasure trove of newly discovered stories by the much-mourned Terry Pratchett, written under a pseudonym as he learned his craft. Published before his career took off, these little stories from a small-British newspaper are full of all the invention, humor, and care of Pratchett’s later work. Perfect to dip into and fun for all ages—these stories are perfect for everyone looking for a moment of light in the world.
Santa peeks in the windows and spies on you all year, but there are other horrors out there, too. At the turn of the year, when light and dark swap places and the world swings back along its arc, all sorts of doors open—who knows what might come through? These stories will chill your spine like the best winter wind.
Harriot teaches us the history we should have been learning all along. His compelling stories, thoroughly researched and fantastically told, reveal a more accurate picture of America—its history and its present. This book is an education too important to miss.
Elizabeth and Joyce will never let you down! This fourth book of Osman’s is as good or better than any that have come before, with another mystery to keep our heroes hopping, even as life waxes and wanes around them. And a rather splendid fox makes an appearance in the snow.
In a future pitted with loss, who can teach a mammoth how to be a mammoth? Only a scientist who lost her life trying to save the last elephants. Poaching, climate change, and the reckless miracles of science and humankind form the backdrop to this compelling, terrifying, and oddly hopeful story of a life in a newly resuscitated world.
Winkler worked to land the role of a lifetime as the Fonz, but had to do even more work to flourish, especially after. Here, he looks back on his career, acknowledging the ways his parents’ histories and his own long-undiagnosed dyslexia created barriers in his acting and in his personal life. Winkler is a pleasure to get to know better, and his life is more fascinating than you might expect!
A little romance, a heist, some corporate schemes, and a group of gods trying to meet their quotas of belief. What could go wrong? The British Museum shouldn’t keep hoarding all those artefacts—that’s for sure. I can’t wait to read more about Shigidi and Nneoma and the Orisha Spirit Company.
Is this a fable about growing up, or a fairy tale about growing old? A parable of entering the world or of leaving it? Treacle Walker is all that, and more—an homage to the solitude of childhood with its company of comic books, distant trains, pocket-sized treasures, and mysterious obligations, and a celebration of language’s intimacy and unpredictability. A great place to dive into Garner’s work.
This new stand-alone spy novel is a fantastic addition to Herron’s work, perfect for fans and newcomers alike. Herron’s spies are grubby, smart, jaded, foolishly compliant, and fiendishly cunning. His writing is brilliant, whether his characters are in nondescript London offices or in copses riddled with the scent of decaying badgers.
Some crimes have a magical origin, and for those you need a magical detective. London history, the spirits of England’s lost rivers and active waterways, and Peter Grant’s continuing apprenticeship combine to transport us to a world that’s just under the surface of our own. Plus, talking foxes!
Chast has done the impossible—she’s made other people’s dreams absolutely riveting! From a talking mango that keeps its own counsel to her dad’s skeleton making itself at home to an overview of dream-theory itself, Chast’s exploration of the many dream districts of life is a fantastic and hilarious picture of the absurdities of our collective unconscious.
If wishes were real, they would be a valuable and heavily restricted resource, just as in this brilliant graphic novel. Three wishes, inherited by a small business owner in Cairo, might improve people’s lives, but sometimes the unused magic is the strongest. Mohamed’s novel, like all the best fairy tales, shows us a clearer picture of the world around us. A beautiful, moving, fantastic work of art.
The best, clearest breakdown of strengths & failures of the US Constitution, & a fantastic guide to key points of constitutional law that we must grapple with, now, to make a better union. A crucial, illuminating, & brutally honest read!