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The Girl Who Came Home

The Girl Who Came Home is just a sweet novel. The writing is simple, the characters are basic.


The Empathy Exams

In The Empathy Exams, Jamison’s essays do a rare thing: they show us — in many ways — what empathy means. They show us how we become, as Orwell wrote, “fellow-creatures.”


Frog Music: A Novel

Research and invention together mark Frog Music with the ring of truth and salvage a fascinating story from the ether of history.


The News: A User's Manual

The News: A User's Manual is consistently illuminating and thought-provoking, if a bit utopian. One of de Botton's strengths is to play it pretty straight in terms of partisanship and politics.


The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis

A beguiling real-life medical detective story.


Kill Fee
Bookreporter : Kill Fee (April 04, 2014)

It is Laukkanen’s unique ability to create villains who we love to hate that will continue to grow this franchise.


By its Cover

By its Cover is not full of suspense, action or fistfights; Leon unapologetically sets her stories firmly in the traditional mystery genre and to magnificent effect


The Revolutions

The Revolutions is by far Gilman's most accessible and lighthearted book. Immersive, playful, and downright fun, it skims along at just the right height, only occasionally going too deep or not deep enough.


The Empathy Exams

The Empathy Exams presents a brainy but heartfelt case for compassion even at the risk of sentimentality.


All Our Names

His book is a powerful look at who we aren't, and even, sometimes, who we are.


In Paradise: A Novel

With In Paradise, Matthiessen's career has come full circle — from writing about the extinction of animals in his early nonfiction, to writing about the extinction of man.


Shotgun Lovesongs

Butler has written an unmistakably American novel — and a good one.


The Ballad of a Small Player: A Novel

“The Ballad of a Small Player” forgoes Osborne’s gifts of social satire but retains his sense of dread and gift for gimlet-eyed metaphor.


The Cold Song

The novel’s charm lies in these idiosyncratic glints, these glimmers of queer wit, uncensored scorn or sudden, unstinting sympathy.


American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt

“American Fun” provides an original perspective on how ordinary folk left a mark on the historical landscape in a way that has not received full recognition.


A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain

Her characters shimmer and squirm in liminal spaces, nether regions of geography, race, spirituality and aesthetics. This novel is a mesmerizing incantation, harrowing and hypnotic.


The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return

This book is a primer to a war as horrific as any in the 20th century.


Visible City

She shows the city for what it is behind all its windows and walls: a vast constellation of those “truthful moments” her heroine seeks, as numerous as the stars.


Savage Harvest

“Savage Harvest” turns into a taut thriller, but it gets off to a shaky start.