by Hans Rosling; with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund
Reviewed by Matt:
Doctor, educator, and TED Talker Hans Rosling explains why — when it comes to long-term global trends — people everywhere hold views that are pessimis...
by Ted Chiang
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 alternat...
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...
by Rebecca Lee
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.
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's...
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 sa...
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.
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 li...
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 o...
by Truman Capote
An account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers.
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.
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.
by Jeff VanderMeer
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....