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Kinder Than Solitude: A Novel

Li possesses a supreme ability to depict subtle cultural interactions, and many of the novel’s best moments depict the fascinating collision between America and China, between the restless immigrant and those more settled.


Redeployment

Literary fiction from the global war on terror has only recently begun to give these soldiers a voice, and Redeployment is an important addition to the genre.


The Here and Now

It may not be perfect, or anywhere close to it, but by setting aside one’s annoyance or some significant issues with plot contrivance, one can still squeeze in a few good hours of solid entertainment out of it.


And the Dark Sacred Night: A Novel

It’s a big, messy, imperfect book that mirrors the messy imperfection of contemporary life, stuffed with hot-button details (from Greek yogurt and fair-trade coffee to gay marriage and grandparents’ rights), and sprinkled with small convincing moments of joy.


Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything

The excellent writer in Ms. Ehrenreich makes herself known in “Living With a Wild God.”


The Curriculum

Humorous, mostly informative guidance to the world of the “business arts.”


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

Roose has something new to contribute, it’s in concentrating not on the “masters of the universe” but on the 23-year-olds who stay up all night prepping their PowerPoint slides.


The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

Taibbi is similarly skillful at explaining how bureaucratic imperatives in the criminal justice system can spin scarily out of control.


Red Love: The Story of an East German Family

For the most part, he tells his tale through personal histories, in a terse, often elliptical style, well served by the translator Shaun Whiteside, that imparts an appropriately fablelike, once-upon-a-time quality to the narrative.


Casebook: A novel

“Casebook” rarely sounds as though it had been written by a kid, and the accomplished Ms. Simpson can hardly claim inexperience as an excuse for this novel’s lapses and longueurs.


The Empathy Exams
Slate : The Flinch (April 08, 2014)

There are subcutaneous connections running throughout, though they seem to result more from an organizing cluster of obsessions than any kind of willful effort to make a major statement about empathy.


The Word Exchange: A Novel

Alena Graedon’s dazzling but unsatisfying debut novel The Word Exchange sketches a smartphone hater’s worst nightmare.


Astonish Me: A novel

Reading Astonish Me, I didn't need to be astonished. I was happy.


Waiting for Wednesday

This third in the Frieda Klein series is yet another fabulous installment!


The Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici Florence

The book was fabulous to read, well researched, and with a very strong Italian flair. Definitely recommended...


American Romantic

Return to American Romantic, for it, like all Ward Just novels, has staying power.


Astonish Me: A novel

What might seem like one of the novel’s few letdowns is in some ways another one of its strengths: the quest for perfection is far more thrilling than actually achieving it.


I Pity the Poor Immigrant

The connections Lazar makes here are complex and artful, though at times bewildering even to discerning readers.


The Museum of Intangible Things

Fans of the author’s The Probability of Miracles (2011) will discover more of life’s possibilities and wonder.


Pointe
Kirkus Reviews : Pointe (April 10, 2014)

This is a novel that ultimately misses the…point.