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Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

Besides being rich in wicked anecdotes, “Inside a Pearl” is often lightly comic, sometimes even self-mocking.


While Beauty Slept

While it is difficult to say that While Beauty Slept is a brilliant reimagining of a famous fairy tale, it is definitely a creative one.


Girl on the Golden Coin

Jefferson's tale is definitely not dry or boring. This historical fiction is chock full of political machinations and debauchery!


The Ghost of the Mary Celeste: A Novel

Passed from character to character, the thread of Martin’s story at times becomes so thin and frayed that it’s sometimes difficult to grasp.


Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

Inside A Pearl, for all its faults, is, as always, diverting, affectionate as well as bitchy, and full of tips.


The Sixth Extinction

The Earth will continue, even if it ends up populated by giant rats rather than humans. But the sixth great extinction will alter it for millions of years.


Paws For Murder

We have animals, a touch of possible romance and a puzzle to solve, all set in a wintry small-town where the shops all have cute names – if you like that sort of thing then you should enjoy this.


Burn

Burn is a killer conclusion to a wonderful trilogy.


Before I Burn

Throughout, Heivoll exercises restraint, trusting the reader to make the connections between the two story lines.


The Invention of Wings: A Novel

There is a kind of beauty all throughout The Invention of Wings — passages that force an intake of breath and a languid, disbelieving re-read.


Deep Winter: a Novel

Gailey’s writing is the saving grace in this tale of good versus evil.


Dust

That Owuor doesn’t provide readers with background on these events makes me wonder if her intended audience is the people who are the most familiar with Kenya’s history.


Influx
Kirkus Reviews : Influx (February 20, 2014)

Fun tech-fiction wrapped in black helicopter conspiracy.


The People in the Trees: A Novel

In The People in the Trees, women characters are given only minor roles but through her cast of men the author explores a whole palette of masculinities, recognising how the spaces that she is depicting are heavily male-dominated and therefore showcasing how this effects their shape and form.


While Beauty Slept

Intelligent escapism that should please Brothers Grimm lovers more than Disney fans.


Why Are You So Sad?: A Novel

Why Are You So Sad?, Jason Porter's deadpan, debut novel, is a philosophical meandering of life at its most boring as well as a send up of progressive office culture, the kind you may experience if you worked at Google.


The Winter Witch

It was a relaxing and engaging read, if you haven’t gotten into the witch genre at all in literature, I recommend this book as a fun introductory read!


Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits

Young Money isn't on the level of famous muckrackers like Ida Tarbell, but as a cautionary tale for aspiring "masters of the universe" — and really just anyone looking for a quick and easy glimpse into the 1 percent — it's quite compelling.


My Name Is Resolute

It slowed to molasses in places, depressed me with the sheer number of people who died and ended with more of a whimper than a bang.


I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway

It’s as warm and meaningful, I imagine, as a late-night dinner around the Staples’ family table would have been.