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Snow in May
SF Gate : Snow in May (May 30, 2014)

Kseniya Melnik's debut collection is a powerful achievement.


The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

The Good Spy succeeds on the basis of Bird’s considerable research skills, his interviews with intelligence officials, his access to Ames’ letters home and, above all, his ability to spot and put together an engrossing biography.


The Vacationers: A Novel

The vacation might be ending, but we’re reminded that the journey — sometimes painful, often joyful — continues.


Mr Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes isn’t scary the way The Shining and Salem’s Lot were — you can’t even call it a horror novel, really — but it’s chilling and compelling in a manner King’s later books often weren’t, because this one feels like it could happen. Here there be monsters, and they look just like you and me.


The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue

I so badly wanted to love this book; I certainly loved parts of it. But to target the massive, intricately connected world of food trends in a journalistically reported book was a Sisyphean task. In the end, it feels as if we have been promised too much.


Above the East China Sea

An admirable study of war’s impact on and legacy in an underdiscussed place.


Heaven's Queen

The Paradox Trilogy is edge-of-your seat science fiction that is fun and entertaining.


The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

The Noble Hustle is friendly to beginners and people who, like me, have learned but then unlearned the basics of poker.


Frog Music: A Novel

If you're in the mood to read a good book rife with interesting, imperfect characters and integrated history lessons, Frog Music is for you.


The Land of Steady Habits: A Novel

This is a compassionate and funny debut, a worthy new tale of suburban lives gone astray.


The Vacationers: A Novel

A novel that is both a lot of fun to read and has plenty of insight into the marital bond and the human condition.


Sundance: A Novel

This is speculative historical fiction of extraordinary intelligence and descriptive power.


The Untold

Collins richly evokes a heartbreaking emotional terrain, setting it against the sparse, brutal landscape of the Australian Outback.


A Time to Dance

The most impressive aspect of the novel... is how the spare writing adds so many layers of complexity and meaning with so few words.


Dark Aemilia

O’Reilly’s debut novel is a sweeping success, a tale full of action and intrigue and as deep as any ocean.


Wynne's War

When Wynne's War finally takes to the frontier and the troops face armed hostiles, it works as a taut adventure story with a Western motif.


The Directive: A Novel

THE DIRECTIVE is smart and exciting, and Matthew Quirk has proven he is not a one-hit wonder.


The Vacationers: A Novel

Author Emma Straub pulls us deep inside this family, magically forming each character into a fully three-dimensional person.


The Vacationers: A Novel

Ms. Straub perfectly captures the frustrations and joys that come with being part of a family.