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Devotion and Defiance: My Journey in Love, Faith and Politics

On page after page, we meet women who have been tormented by jealous husbands, shunned suitors or cruel in-laws — and then victimized again by indifferent authority figures or institutions of law and order.


Although it illuminates a painfully familiar experience, “Overwhelmed” doesn’t speak for or about everyone. It lingers most on the conditions under which middle-class mothers and fathers labor, but the Overwhelm afflicts the child-free, too.

A Circle of Wives

Who killed the doctor? I’m not telling, but I finished reading this absorbing novel after 11 last night. That’s the mark of a successful mystery.

The Player

“The Player” is a highly entertaining tale and one of the best portraits of a working reporter since Connelly’s Jack McEvoy went after that serial killer in “The Poet.”

The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature

It may be, as Tarnoff asserts, that these writers spent the best years of their lives in California, but only Twain, living in New York and Connecticut, left a lasting literary legacy.

A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism

An optimistic book that downplays the clamorous work of environmental groups and attributes progress to the institutions of democracy and capitalism.

A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man

As an artist who “left behind…many lifetimes of brilliant music, a legacy that will inspire generations to come,” Chilton receives the biography he deserves.

On Such a Full Sea: A Novel

On Such a Full Sea is a remarkable invention, shifting between soft science fiction and hard explorations of legend and the monomyth.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

This is a moral comedy to shout about from the treetops.

The Midnight Rose: A Novel

The Midnight Rose is proof that a story can be very interesting but poorly written.

Where Monsters Dwell

Brekke's debut is a pretty gruesome tale with more than a few twists.

Red Rising

It is actually quite a brutal read and I do wonder what will be in store for Darrow in the two books to come.

The Double Life of Paul de Man

Evelyn Barish’s biography is sensational — but in both meanings of the word.

An Unnecessary Woman

Alameddine has given us a marvelously cranky heroine, gruffly vulnerable and engagingly self-mocking.

How About Never--Is Never Good for You?

This is a generous book, giving abundant credit to both the older generation of cartoonists whom the young Mr. Mankoff hero-worshiped to the new blood he has brought to the magazine during his tenure.

All Our Names

The victories in this beautiful novel are hard fought and hard won, but won they are, and they are durable.

All Russians Love Birch Trees

Grjasnowa successfully takes you into the mind of someone whose daily life is filled with painful memories so vivid they merge seamlessly with the present.

Apocalypse: A Novel

Time is of the essence in this techno-thriller, which boasts a nifty premise but doesn’t go far enough with it.

Queen Elizabeth's Daughter

Elizabeth’s court in miniature.

Missing You
Kirkus Reviews : Missing You (March 19, 2014)

The setup is irresistible, the twists generously piled on and the climax suitably pulse-pounding, even though best-selling Coben is hard-pressed to tie all those complications together or produce a payoff that rises to their deliciously suspenseful levels.