2021: #5 – A Deadly Education (Naomi Novik)

A Deadly Education is a book about a high school for magical teens, but this definitely isn’t Hogwarts. The basics are: the school is supposed to protect the teens from the monsters who want to eat their delicious, still uncontrolled power; the school really sucks at protecting the teens from the monsters; every year on graduation day, the seniors are dumped into the infested Graduation

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2021: #4 – Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (Lori Gottlieb)

I don’t think there was anything about this book I didn’t like. Gottlieb is a therapist who ended up there in a roundabout way. She started out a writer for TV, which then inspired her to pursue a medical career. But when she discovered that most medical specialties wouldn’t allow her to really get to know her patients, nor continue to write, she found psychotherapy

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2021: #3 – The Glass Hotel (Emily St. John Mandel)

The Glass Hotel is Emily St. John Mandel’s follow-up to Station Eleven, but it is a very different book. This book takes place in our world, and at the center of it is a Ponzi scheme — think Bernie Madoff, leaving enormous numbers of people without their life savings. But despite the different sort of plot, the book has the same ephemeral, dream-like feel that

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