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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon is one of the best installments in this beloved series. The coziest of all cozies, opening a No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novel is like sitting down with a dear friend for a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake.


End of Days

James L. Swanson...describes in painstaking detail the events leading up to, during and after the fatal event, at one point tracking Lee Harvey Oswald’s movements by the second.... What End of Days does provide is a vivid if ephemeral vision of the confusion and horror surrounding JFK’s assassination.


A Nasty Piece of Work

Littell is so gifted a creator of intelligent entertainment that I could give away almost everything and still not spoil your pleasure in reading this neat, new genre novel by one of our best.


And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel

Mr. Hosseini effortlessly weaves these individual tales into a beautiful story about love and family and the far-reaching influences of both.


Stella Bain

Anita Shreve excels at drilling down deep into the human spirit, of unleashing great emotion, and all while telling a riveting story.


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

If food is the new sex and food is the new drugs and the eating of anything and everything is the new social rebellion of this still young-and-dripping new century, then Goodyear is a fair guide to the underbelly.


My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

It is one of the achievements of Ari Shavit’s important and powerful book to recover the feeling of Israel’s facticity and to revel in it, to restore the grandeur of the simple fact in full view of the complicated facts.


Breakfast with Lucian

It displays little feeling for Freud’s work. Its history is patchy. Its tone is frequently what you’d get if you set Robin Leach loose at the Tate Modern.


Red Sky in Morning

Red Sky in Morning was a stimulating, chaotic, and surprisingly elegant read that starts off with a bang and rarely lets up the pace.


Red Sky in Morning

Sentence by sentence, a debut definitely worth noticing.


Want Not

It’s a joyous book, a very funny book and an unpredictable book, and that’s because everyone in it is allowed to be fully human.


A Permanent Member of the Family
The New York Times : Close Calls (November 15, 2013)

Banks is a master of the kind of old-school, unadorned realism that hasn’t really been the fashion in short stories since the days of Raymond Carver.


At Night We Walk in Circles: A Novel

What Alarcón called "the backdrop of Latin American politics" may yet fall away, if he chooses; but for now, his renewed focus on character, his obvious delight in the story's baroque twists, and his liberating, journalistic vantage, have reenergized his craft and pointed in promising directions. Surely the best is yet to come.


Fiendish Schemes

Jeter is too good a writer to not provide us a more substantive performance and he is too smart a writer to explain steampunk as merely a vehicle that returns us to those halcyon days of a past that are more imagined than real.


Claire of the Sea Light

It’s no mistake that Danticat says that she is illuminated both from the light from below, as well as above from the moon. It’s the light within the dark we are discovering in this work.


Long Division

Long Division fittingly ends with a statement about language, and that statement is that language, like history, never stops moving forward.


Turn Around Bright Eyes

Robert Christgau and Greil Marcus may be among our best rock critics. But if Sheffield keeps writing books as tender and smart as this one, he might end up being judged on a bigger dais.


Turn Around Bright Eyes

Sheffield seems like a sweet guy, someone you’d be lucky to spend a night swilling whiskey and spinning records with. But I’m not sure I need to read another of his books.


We Are Water

Wally Lamb’s fifth work of fiction, We Are Water, is a mesmerizing novel about a family in crisis that pulls together many characters and diverse themes and sets the bulk of its action against our collective modern angst and ambivalence.


Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars

Billings communicates scientific and technical detail fluently, and there is much here to please any geek who does not already know how, say, it is possible to see a distant planet next to a star that outshines it as an exploding nuclear bomb does an unlit match.