7 of 9
M Train
272 pages; Knopf
There is something perversely exhilarating about stepping inside the restless mourning of the woman who gave us rock anthems like "Till Victory" and the memoir Just Kids. Whereas those works celebrate youthful passion, this book is an aching look back, an elegy for what was and can never be again. Yet amid the despair, there is Smith's enduring desire to love—people, coffee, TV characters—and her yawning hunger for life. 
— Leigh Haber