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Mambo in Chinatown

Overall, the book is a very charming read. What I enjoyed most are Kwok’s descriptions of the dance routines.

He Wants

Like a skilled watercolour painter, she manages to drop in just the right colour, in just the right amount, at just the right moment, to produce a picture of one person’s life that is fascinating, fluid, and masterful.

The Invention of Exile: A Novel

Manko's narrative shifts back and forth between Austin's tedious existence in Mexico City and the circumstances that brought him to this point. Her writing style is alternately lyrical and percussive, with frequent sentence fragments serving to break up the prose and make it feel more immediate and spontaneous.

Panic in a Suitcase: A Novel

She's a deeply perceptive writer, and her observations about the family's experience as immigrants to America are sharp and sometimes heartbreaking.

2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas

The book is consistently funny, no matter which character takes a turn at center stage.

Dear Committee Members: A novel

Like the best works of farce, academic or otherwise, Dear Committee Members deftly mixes comedy with social criticism and righteous outrage. By the end, you may well find yourself laughing so hard it hurts.

Your Face in Mine: A Novel

This could have been a good book about Baltimore, or about China, or about Thailand, or about people from those places; instead it's about how hard it is for white people to have it easy.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel

The novel feels like a riddle, a puzzle, or maybe, actually, more like a haiku: full of beauty, strangeness, and color, thousands of syllables long.


A smart, fun and lovely read, Landline is Rainbow Rowell at her best.

Time of the Locust

In her pensive first novel, “Time of the Locust,” Morowa Yejidé, a native of the District, offers an original take on the disorder — as a symbol of generational loss and imprisonment of body, mind and soul.

Panic in a Suitcase: A Novel

Akhtiorskaya’s genius is her ability to throw off observations that sound — if they weren’t so witty — like lines from a folktale.

Nobody Is Ever Missing

“Nobody Is Ever Missing” gets so much right that you easily push past its small flaws. It’s an aching portrait of a young woman doing the hard thing, “trying to think clearly about mixed feelings.”


Gould details exactly how an overactive mind, with nowhere to land, runs wild in a rarefied vacuum.

Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

"Everything I Never Told You" is an engaging work that casts a powerful light on the secrets that have kept an American family together — and that finally end up tearing it apart.

The Great Glass Sea

"The Great Glass Sea" suffers from a few excesses of ambition, then it is redeemed by Weil's greatest gift to the reader: a deep understanding of family, personal loss and the abiding love between siblings.

California: A Novel

Lepucki's cautious dystopia never quite asks the right questions of us, ultimately to the detriment of the novel.

The Girls from Corona del Mar: A novel

"The Girls From Corona del Mar" is a slim book that leaves a deep impression.

The Hundred-Year House

In this literary but unpretentious book, Makkai has created a juicy and moving story of art and love and the luck it takes for either to last.

Dept. of Speculation

Dept of Speculation is a wonderful novel about getting older and losing that brief and mostly illusory freedom that children believe all adults enjoy.

California: A Novel

I wish it were possible to get amnesia so I could read California again and again.