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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly: A Novel

A subtle morality tale that will appeal to readers of all ages.

Death Comes to the Village

A Regency Rear Window whose chair-bound hero and the woman who civilizes him generate a few sparks worthy of Darcy and Elizabeth. But even the harder-edged elements of gambling, drug use and suicidal obsession can’t set this period debut on fire.

The Valley of Amazement

Despite a lacklustre finale, this novel has ‘film adaptation’ written all over it. Now, who’s up for playing the virgin courtesan?

City of Lost Dreams: A Novel

Entertaining, thrilling and downright exciting are three words I would use to describe this book.


Hooper weaves an intricate story that keeps you guessing what’s going to happen next. Her characters and their adventures when probing the limits of their gifts is intriguing and interesting.

The Lost Girls of Rome

Really an all around highly recommended read in my opinion, especially if you like your thrillers dark and twisty!

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

As the best personal essays often do, Patchett’s is a two-way mirror, reflecting both the author and her readers.

The Panopticon: A Novel

“The Panopticon” has evolved from a self-conscious debut experiment into a deeply felt and genuinely affecting novel.

Death of the Black-Haired Girl

The result is at once a Hawthorne-like allegory and a sure-footed psychological thriller.

Critical Mass

As always, Paretsky has done extensive research, and her dense, gratifyingly brief scientific explanations link together the betrayal, theft and murder at the novel’s core.

Happy Mutant Baby Pills

In "Happy Mutant Baby Pills," Stahl doesn't provide any fixes to the petro-chemical invaders, just points out the complicated extremes of modern living.


There are no easy truths here, no pat judgments about good and evil. Instead, with a few final acts of narrative sleight of hand (and some odd soliloquies) the reader is left at once dazzled and unsettled.

A Tale for the Time Being

Ozeki takes on big themes in “A Tale for the Time Being” — not just the death of individuals but also the death of the planet.

A Permanent Member of the Family

In these stories, Banks traces not so much the road not taken as the view from the end of the lane. There's a reflective quality, a sense of choices made, of consequence, in which redemption and resignation may be two sides of the same coin.

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.