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Things Withered

Moloney explores the ultimate fears and potential darkness that live behind closed doors - or even within us all!


Honor's Knight

Rachel Bach simply outdoes herself with this one and whatever anticipation, I had was simply blown away by the awesomeness of this story.


Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community

“Sitcom” will entertain and inform readers, especially those who want to learn more about a favorite series or a great show they’ve missed. With more and more sitcom reruns available on outlets such as Hulu and Netflix, there’s plenty of time to get to know a few more names.


The Sixth Extinction

“The Sixth Extinction” is a bold and at times desperate attempt to awaken us to this responsibility.


The Improbability Principle

If you wish to read about how probability theory can help us understand the apparent hot hand in a basketball game, superstitions in gambling and sports, prophecies, parapsychology and the paranormal, holes in one, multiple lottery winners, and much more, this is a book you will enjoy.


Foreign Gods, Inc.

Despite Ndibe’s occasional overwriting (the tendency to pun leads him into temptation), he invests his novel with a satiric tone that’s all the more caustic for being so matter-of-fact.


Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Epoque Paris

The guillotine was ready for one or both, and the book moves toward the conclusion of an engaging — and finally chilling — portrait of an uneasy era and a city of more shadow than light.


HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

“HRC” may be most valuable as a guide to future messaging, an indication of what those closest to Hillary Clinton see as her strongest moments.


I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War
The New York Times : Monument Man (February 21, 2014)

A real transcript of Lincoln’s thoughts would read a lot like Machiavelli (if he were moral) or the Sunday morning talk shows (if they were intelligent).


Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka

“Forgiving the Angel” is also an original work that pulls our mind through the kind of biographical and historical contraption that Kafka would probably never have put together, would probably not, as a Jew in Czechoslovakia, have survived to put together.


Call Me Burroughs: A Life
The New York Times : King of Cool (February 21, 2014)

Miles rightly finds Burroughs’s enduring literary significance in his high-wire reinvention of the picaresque.


The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait

The takeaway from this vivid, tender book is that it can be as valuable for a reader to know a biographer as it is for a biographer to know his or her subject.


Kinder Than Solitude: A Novel

Where the author's previous fiction cohered into more strongly realized works, a similar slackness undermines this novel.


Glitter and Glue: A Memoir

This is the ordinary brilliance of Kelly Corrigan, the irresistible cocktail of lyrical writing and solid, useful insight that has already rocketed "Glitter and Glue" to the No. 2 spot on the New York Times best-seller list; the everyday magic that makes her legions of devoted readers hope that it won't be her last.


Bark: Stories

Her sharp sense of humor and pointed wit are evident throughout.


My Life in Middlemarch

In a spate of informal books about famous authors, from A Jane Austen Education to Julie and Julia, Mead’s work stands out for its brevity (beside its voluminous source), for its calm (no violence and few sudden moves), and for its perfect match of writer and subject.


Annihilation

Annihilation features murder, suicide and a full-cavity search by an alien monster, yet it arrives at a dream of reconciliation, hauntingly familiar, between an estranged husband and wife.


One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

A substantial portion of “One More Thing” could have been excised to make a more cohesive and consistent collection, instead of a frequently brilliant but sometimes frustrating hodgepodge.


Bark: Stories

Moore’s imagination continues circling death and decay, the role of art, the value of humor, and the struggle to live in a rapidly spinning, teetering world.


Bark: Stories

If I’ve made “Bark” sound like no fun at all, all I really mean is that it does its dreading in style. In the world according to Moore — the “planet of the apings,” as one character thinks of it — who could ask for more?