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The Silent Wife: A Novel

The Silent Wife is worthy of all of its praise.

The Shining Girls: A Novel

The Shining Girls is such a perfect blend of mystery, thriller, and science fiction...

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago

The Girls of Murder City is a fascinating – and sometimes amusing – look at a true phenomenon of Chicago in the Jazz Age.

Becoming Josephine: A Novel

The overall impression of Becoming Josephine is of a woman born into a complex period in history, in which everything familiar becomes hated and feared, who uses the gifts given to her to her best advantage and did what was necessary in order to survive.

Stella Bain

Shreve creates a good-sized canvas of intelligent, well-meaning, well-educated human beings trying to adjust their longings to the rough wishes of the larger world at war.

Lighthouse Island

Jiles paints a rich, creepily persuasive portrait of a diminished society clinging to the vestiges of a higher civilization, right down to the dwindling supply of computers that only a few members of the techie elite know how to use.

Little Failure: A Memoir

Little Failure is a rich, nuanced memoir. It's an immigrant story, a coming-of-age story, a becoming-a-writer story, and a becoming-a-mensch story, and in all these ways it is, unambivalently, a success.

The Trip to Echo Spring

The Trip to Echo Spring is beautifully written, haunting, tragic and instructive in the best sense. It's a book for writers, and for readers, a book to read more than once.


Griffith has taken what little is known of the life of St. Hilda and imagined a vibrant, if brutal, world. Her descriptions are inventive and vivid, making “Hild” a pleasure to sink into.

Why We Took the Car

Rich with funny, poignant riffs on nicknames, boomerangs, Beyoncé, aging and the possibility of life on other planets.

Radiance of Tomorrow

If the novel’s political argument is sometimes a bit obvious, its sympathetic exploration of the villagers’ lives is always subtle and engaging.

Report from the Interior

The best parts of “Report From the Interior” are as excellent as one could hope.

Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City

The deeper problem, for those of us interested in the city from afar, is that Shorto’s rather rosy take on familiar material has to compete with much more rounded and unillusioned perspectives of Dutch-born locals like the veteran journalist and historian Geert Mak.

The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay: An American Family in Iran

Majd is a keen and intelligent observer of political life in Iran, and his memoir resonates with nostalgia for the country of his birth, a country he clearly loves but in which he still feels, at times, like an interloper.

At the Bottom of Everything: A Novel

If "At the Bottom of Everything" isn't a coming-of-age story, perhaps it's a novel of spiritual development, a modern tale about a young man wrestling with his past and trying to make sense of a world that doesn't always make sense.

Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture

"Anything That Moves" puts the hunger games into new perspective.

The Dream Maker

The vivid portraits of Charles VII and Agnès Sorel give readers an intimate glimpse into court intrigue in 15th-century France. The reality of the world in which he lived, rather than the dreams of the protagonist, offers the best reason to read this novel.

The Tilted World

The Tilted World invites you on a drenched, muddy slog along the banks of the Mississippi. If you’re one who likes a little gumbo and blues — and history — with your literary fiction, slip on the galoshes and get ready for a rich journey.

Critical Mass

This is a tale of morality, honor and justice in the family, the workplace, the government and the world.

Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel

Tippins' telling of intersecting lives, events and stories can be as complex and labyrinth-like as the Chelsea corridors and apartments themselves.