Presenting the self-taught Thomas Cole; a guide to spoken eloquence; marijuana, anyone? climbing El Capitan; a fascinating perspective on writerly masochism; weird pieces from the Atavist website; being aware of Zika; how to find time for artist; a great retrospective of Russian post–Cold War events; the late great Maurice White and Earth, Wind & Fire
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Nonfiction: Thomas Cole, Nora Ephron, Gab, Marijuana, Climbing, Zika, Art, Russia, EWF | Xpress Reviews
Brafman’s latest is too gloomy to appeal to adult romance fans; a first-rate tale from a real pro; Ivey’s second work is even better than her first; Krueger has written a suspenseful outdoors thriller; Paris makes her smash debut; Rimington’s latest is a rewarding portrayal of the intersection of conscience, service, and doom; Wigg’s title is a sweet yet dramatic and winding love story
Fiction: Brown, Danielewski, Edwards, Eggers, Fagan, McCall Smith, O’Farrell, & Steiner | Xpress Reviews
Worth the wait from Brown; Part 3 of Danielewski’s tale is highly recommended; a debut with a strong sense of time and place; for fans of historical fiction and murder mysteries; Eggers’s latest is seamlessly written; Fagan has written a hopeful tale about human connections; a winning collection from McCall Smith; fine new offering from the gifted O’Farrell