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Black Country

Black Country is a singularly impressive book from a talented writer, and like all the best poetry, begs to be read aloud.


Greenglass House

Finally, while Greenglass House is a nice read, I honestly think it is one of those books that are intended more for adults than children.


In the Course of Human Events: A Novel

Like the book’s ending, which forces the reader to only imagine the horrifying events to follow, the real challenge is to empathize with someone like Clyde, even when he’s doing the unthinkable, and even when a brilliant author like Harvkey refuses to spell it out for you.


The Dog: A Novel

O’Neill keeps us anxious to the very last. In a story like this, “happy” is far too much to expect, but the fact that X finally makes one decision for himself is perhaps the closest we can hope to get.


Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity
Kirkus Reviews : Gay Berlin (November 20, 2014)

A brave new work of compelling research.


Want You Dead

If you're looking for a fast-paced and pretty brutal police procedural, Peter James has a knack for just that.


41: A Portrait of My Father

George W. Bush has nothing more to prove. His argument at this point is not with his father but with history.


Something Rich and Strange

Mr. Rash’s stories glide with exceptional ease between the supernatural, which he can treat as a very beautiful extension of the natural world (the title story, about a girl who drowns, is deadly yet exquisite), and the mundane, which can be ghastly.


2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas

Given how easy it might be to slip into melodrama in the telling of psychologically difficult stories such as these, charging the narrative with exploration that makes the writer into a role player is a smart and memorable choice.


Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

We oversimplify the relationship between religion and violence at our peril. That scapegoat, resentful and festering, will turn back to the city that drove it out.


Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

Even as Atwood takes a vacation from publishing a new novel, the effects are pure, simple and stunning.


The Peripheral

Even if Gibson moves on entirely from this milieu, with this new novel he has produced another cogent, entertaining science fiction thriller that speaks to the great concerns of the present day.


Wink of an Eye

Wink of an Eye is perfect for readers who want to feel like the world of the book is real; Wink, Texas, comes alive along with Gypsy Moran and has you reading until the case is closed.


The Secrets of Life and Death

The Secrets of Life and Death suffers mostly from ambition and clutter.


The Unspeakable

"My goal in life is to be content," she writes, adding that "the key to contentment is to live life to the fullest within the confines of your comfort zone." The Unspeakable, at the very least, fits with such a worldview: it satisfies and absorbs you, but rarely does it push any boundaries.


Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

This book complicates Fitzgerald, messes her up in all the right ways. Best of all, Ms. Lee makes a strong and complex case for her fiction.


Let Me Be Frank With You

Let Me Be Frank With You might not be the Great American Novel, but Richard Ford is most certainly a great American writer.