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Time and Again

The plot is interesting and well planned, and although the intense descriptions slow the pace of the novel, the rich writing and descriptions truly make this story play like a movie in your mind, making the characters real, larger than life.


The Imposter Bride

I liked the idea of this novel more than the novel itself. It’s wasn’t bad per-say but it wasn’t off the charts amazing either. I would say average.


The Opposite of Maybe: A Novel

This is a novel that has been written with love and warmth.


Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings

McRobbie’s tone is light and flippant throughout which adds to the entertainment factor of many of these stories and it definitely makes history more accessible and enjoyable.


At Night We Walk in Circles: A Novel

Alarcón’s conscious reimagining emancipates him from writing a kind of fictionalised anthropology.


The Year of Reading Dangerously

His thesis is universal: just like that teenager disappearing into the parquet-laid aisles of Croydon Library, we can all be enriched by losing ourselves among the bookshelves.


Twin Tracks: The Autobiography

Intimate, discrete and modestly quite proud of itself, it has the tone of the postprandial speech that Bannister gave at Pembroke College to 120 of his friends, looking benignly over his life, like the portrait on the panelled walls of himself as Master.


Lost for Words

This entertaining novel is a slight one by the usual standards of an author who at his best can be an exhilarating master of irony.


Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies

The Wright brothers were giants, but they did not want anyone else to stand on their shoulders.


The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century

If you only read one work of history this summer (and, believe me, it will take you all of a very long summer), then The Transformation of the World should definitely be it.


On the Rocks

On the Rocks is hilarious!


One Hundred Names

One Hundred Names is the type of story that deceives with its simple plot and eclectic cast.


The Taking

Reading The Taking was fun because there’s so much action and suspense.


American Smoke

In his final pages, Sinclair recognizes how much the Americanness of his favorite writers will always elude him. “Their intensities would never be mine.” No matter. Sinclair’s own intensities — as evidenced in this book — are just as crazed, just as magnificent.


Natchez Burning

“Natchez Burning” obliterates the artificial distinction between genre and literary fiction with passion, grace and considerable style. This is Greg Iles at his formidable best. It’s good to have him back.


The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

“The Noble Hustle” is a valiant, often successful effort to overcome the dullness of vicarious gambling (and maybe suspicions about a bloated magazine piece).


The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

Easterly offers no hands-on solutions, no concrete programs, no manual for dispensing the development community’s largesse. His message is simple: Before you offer a helping hand, look hard at the core beliefs that brought you good fortune.


All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

I’m not sure I will read a better novel this year than Anthony ­Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See.”


Somebody Up There Hates You: A Novel

Richard has a unique way of looking at life and a solid voice. I’m looking forward to reading more of Seamon’s books.


The Last Wild

This is a book that causes one to question human impact on the environment and what we can do to be good stewards of the planet.