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Convenience Store Woman

It’s a sign of excellent literature to be able to effortlessly hold up multiple interpretations at once. Murata’s book is no exception: It’s all of these things while also rendering an artful grotesque of modern personal branding.


Left Bank

The EU could be seen not the way Poirier sees it, as Paris-created bulwark, but as sociologist Wolfgang Streeck envisioned it – a deregulation machine exposing its citizens to capitalism gone wild.


All These Beautiful Strangers

The story of a long-game revenge played out between generations.


The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses)

The book is much more character driven than is my usual preference but there are small subplots that add an air of mystery to the tale and keep the story moving along. The biggest (back to Cecibel again) is the story behind Cecibel's injuries.


The Girl From Blind River

The author’s authoritative, powerful prose and knack for dialogue—especially when dealing with emotions and violence—are more indicative of a seasoned veteran rather than a debut author. This is great news because it means there is much more to come from Massey, and if The Girl from Blind River is any indication, it will be great.


Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place is not a typical Nora Roberts novel from several years ago, and I am perfectly okay with that.


A Gathering of Secrets

Another rewarding crime novel that looks beyond the idealized image of the Amish.


A Gathering of Secrets

Undoubtedly, fans of Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series are immersed in a massive reread before A Gathering of Secrets (10th in the series) is released.


Outcasts of Order

Always a pleasure to abide in Modesitt’s universe, if only for a few hours or days.


City of Lies

A well-crafted debut with believable political intrigues, solid worldbuilding, and original characters.


Convenience Store Woman

Simultaneously disturbing and enthralling, Murata’s short work, a bestseller in her own country, speaks volumes about society and the role of the outcast.


A Future in Ruins

A revealing investigation of the complexities of UNESCO’s mission.


On Truth
Kirkus Reviews : On Truth (July 02, 2018)

A slim volume that offers as much clarity on the topic as one could expect from the often opaque world of philosophy.


Keep The Midnight Out

Keep the Midnight Out is well-written, atmospheric and often brooding. Alex Gray is definitely an author I will seek out again to appease my Ian Rankin fix for some terrific Scottish-based crime thrillers.


Patient Care

Whether describing the obstinacy of patients, the brave faces worn by worried relatives, the technical aspects of repairing injured bodies, or the elation of helping potential catastrophes end well, Paul Seward fills his attractively written narrative with authoritative detail, strong emotion, and a precise sense of place.


How We Roll
Bookreporter : How We Roll (July 01, 2018)

How We Roll was precisely what it was meant to be: inspiring.... [I]t was also effortless to read and tough to put down.