Gruen, Sara. At the Water’s Edge.

NY: Random House, 2015.

Gruen is best known for Water for Elephants, but this novel, her fifth, is rather different. It’s January 1945 and Maddie Hyde is a wild child in New York society. She’s been married to Ellis for a couple of years now, but she’s really more of a mascot for him and his best buddy, Hank, than she is a wife. Also, her in-laws hate her, her own father ignores her, and she feels guilty for her scandal-ridden mother’s suicide a decade before.

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Knisley, Lucy. An Age of License: A Travelogue.

Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2014.

Lucy is one of my favorite cartoonists, and has been since I discovered French Milk a few years ago. She doesn’t do superheroes or any of that. She does real people, mostly herself, living real life, with an autobiographical concentration on food (her parents are a chef and a gourmet) and travel (which, even in her late 20s, she still gets nervous about).

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Bujold, Lois McMaster. Komarr.

NY: Baen Books, 1998.

Over the life of this very enjoyable series, Miles Vorkosigan has seen action throughout the wormhole nexus, in one way or another. The major inhabited worlds — Cetaganda, Jackson’s Whole, and Earth itself, as well as his home world of Barrayar — have each had their own novels. The venue this time is Komarr,

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