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A Reunion Of Ghosts

A Reunion of Ghosts is a story of unravelling bodies and unlikely stories, and is a welcome child of the family saga genre. And I can totally see the Alter family’s blurry thumb-printed portraits hanging on the wall of that family home we call a library.


The World Before Us: A Novel

More than the flowery language, the novel's tough truths held my interest as the book wound on, making The World Before Us a memorable read.


So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Jon Ronson has written a fresh, big-hearted take on an important and timely topic. He has nothing to be ashamed of.


The Wisdom of Perversity

A disturbing, thought provoking read.


Heretic

Unquestionably, Hirsi Ali poses challenging questions about whether American liberals should be fighting harder for the rights of Muslim women in countries where they are oppressed, and she is fearless in using shock tactics to jump-start a conversation.


Liars, Inc.

The mystery is actually quite great, but I really struggled with the presentation of adult/teen relationships. In fact, the whole thing left me more than a little horrified and a bit disgusted by it all.


Aquarium

The novel has a vastly different feel from Vann’s other books, a tone and texture quite removed from the relentlessness of his Alaskan (and rural Californian) tales.


The Contender: Andrew Cuomo, a Biography

Ultimately, “The Contender” has a value that will endure beyond any particular presidential campaign ­season.


Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

Although it drags and feels unnecessary for large stretches, this new addition to the Apple pantheon redeems itself with access to key players and their previously untold accounts, thereby presenting a layered portrait of the mercurial Jobs, whose style and personality, the book argues, were constantly evolving, right up to his early death.


Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories

Heiny’s wit carries the book. I found myself laughing at some very serious situations.


Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

Less truly revelatory and more just a difference in tone and spirit than previous accounts.


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Kirkus Reviews : Normal (March 31, 2015)

A black comedy featuring a bizarre murderer who believes he suffers for his “art.” Cameron has written a painfully funny story that’s littered with corpses, both intentional and unintentional, and proves that sometimes spotting the craziest person on the block isn’t quite as easy as it seems.


The Architect's Apprentice: A Novel

With manufactured intrigues and lukewarm romance, plot is not Shafak’s strong point. What she offers is panoramic historical fiction rich with facts, atmosphere and occasional whimsy.


Game of Mirrors

Brisk, biting and cleverly plotted, Montalbano's 18th (Angelica's Smile, 2014, etc.) is both droll and suspenseful.


The Day We Met: A Novel

Coleman will make you cry with this emotional, beautifully written novel.


The World Before Us: A Novel

Not an easy read but a compelling exploration of how memory shapes and is shaped by individuals and society.


Scent of Triumph

A rushed and convoluted plot combines with an underdeveloped, uninspiring heroine, a love story without much spark and enough clichéd prose to sink the Bismarck.


So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Another intriguing journey from Ronson, who notes that our social media dark side grows ever darker when we believe we’re superior to others—and anonymous.


At the Water's Edge: A Novel

At heart, this is an unlikely romance novel. A little too unlikely.