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A Possibility of Violence

This is a fairly straightforward story, undramatic but compelling.

Nobody's Child

Nobody's Child is a moving read, at once both the personal story of Adie and her interviewees, and also a damning account of the difficulties foundlings have faced, and still continue to face. It's a book to make you angry, but also one filled with hope.

Land of Dreams

Land of Dreams is a nice close to Ellie's tale but I do recommend reading at least City of Hope beforehand.


Lila might not quite match Gilead or Housekeeping, but it’s a gentle, peaceful read nonetheless.

Hitler's First Victims: The Quest for Justice

Hitler’s First Victims is meticulously researched and highly respectful of the victims described and the man behind the argument of collective guilt.

The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock

The Art of the English Murder is a great way to sit down and reflect on the ever-changing novel and society’s influence on those changes.

The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

The Republic of Imagination is at its best with Nafisi's vociferous arguments for the importance of literature.

J: A Novel

It’s never dull and always has the reader turning the pages. It ask us to look ourselves and who we are and our place in the world.

Not My Father's Son

There is no discounting the visceral punch of Cumming’s father-son face-offs, but one wishes the author had devoted a portion of “Not My Father’s Son” to exploring the roots of his father’s pathology.

All Fall Down: A Novel

The topic of addiction and the terrible consequences it can lead to was not glossed over, but it was handled very sensibly in All Fall Down.

Painted Horses

Brooks may have begun his writing career by playing the copycat. But this masterful book? This one’s all his own.

Florence Gordon

He manages to be moving without ever being sappy, showing how people can affect each other deeply while remaining stubbornly — wonderfully — themselves.

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

A satisfying biography though less exhaustive in its approach than Robert Krick's Conquering the Valley (1996) and somewhat less fluent than James Robertson's Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend (1997).

Desert God
Kirkus Reviews : Desert God (October 22, 2014)

With Minoan civilization destroyed by the eruption, Taita routs the Hykos, albeit still in perilous control of lower Egypt, which suggests Smith's eunuch/warrior/statesman has another adventure in store.

The Unsubstantial Air

Intimate and memorable portraits of these idealistic, daredevil young men are contained in a marvelously fluid narrative.

My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich

Startlingly prescient words from a moral crusader during a perilous time.

The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri

A mixed bag. Relating his occasionally amusing adventures in breezy slang, Steinberg seems to be vying for the same audience that has made Broadway's Book of Mormon such a huge hit.

Beautiful You: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : Beautiful You (October 22, 2014)

By Palahniuk's standards, this is actually a subtle and empathic piece of work.

First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

The freshness that marked Lovett's debut is less evident in this second novel, a predictable tale of romantic suspense that becomes progressively weaker in its closing chapters.

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus

Mr. Quammen — like the journalist Laurie Garrett in her illuminating and encyclopedic book “The Coming Plague” — shows in these pages that the reality of the virus is horrifying without any apocalyptic embellishment.