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This Week's Recommendations


Sofi Oksanen

Purge By Sofi Oksanen

Purge is a hybrid – part Russian classic and part Scandinavian crime thriller. This novel is a page-turner that you’ll feel the wiser for reading. For Purge is about what happens / happened to women under soviet rule and the disruptions wrought by Perestroika. Highly recommended – psychological thriller / novel. (SP)

Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City

Dan Pearson

Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City by Dan Pearson

American Masculine

Shann Ray

American Masculine by Shann Ray

Shann Ray’s stories are lyrical, muscular, heartbreaking, and fascinating.  This collection (the author’s first) announces the arrival of a daring and exciting new voice.  (Read “How We Fall” or “The Great Divide” and be hooked.)  Highly recommended.  (JA)