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Tampa is like the proverbial train wreck. It does not bear watching and yet one’s eyes remain glued to the carnage like a junkie waiting for his next fix.

Night Film: A Novel

It is a novel that attracts and repels in equal measure but will continue to haunt readers no matter on what one ultimately believes about the story.

More Than This

No longer a coming-of-age story, it is a philosophical treat buried under suspense and action that allows for greater crossover appeal, making More Than This a story which truly will be a unique experience for every reader and upon every re-read.

The Burgess Boys: A Novel

Unfortunately, The Burgess Boys fails to impress with its story of family disharmony and personal growth.

My Notorious Life: A Novel

My Notorious Life is a fascinating glimpse at how desperate things used to be for women and also inspiring for the fight that continues.

The Maid's Version: A Novel

The entire story is a disappointing example of the cliché about biting off more than one can chew, as the rushed ending and convenient plot twists indicate a novel that should have been longer than it was and a story that was meant to be more involved than its pages would allow.

Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel

Someday, Someday, Maybe remains entertaining at the surface level, while the insights it provides on the entertainment industry is priceless.

Burial Rites: A Novel

Burial Rites is a haunting glimpse into an obscure historical event and remote geographical region.

The Lowland

Although the dramatic political change that happens in the background of the story provides a bit of a hook, Lahiri doesn’t delve into it, so the most interesting part of The Lowland remains frustratingly vague.

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

It’s strange how much it feels like Hill’s latest, but even stranger how rushed and immaterial it all seems, when King had 36 years to ponder his next move in this story.

The Lowland

If parts of “The Lowland” feel static, it’s also true that Lahiri can accelerate the passage of time in moments of terror with mesmerizing effect.

Christmas Carol Murder

Cozy mysteries are my favorite way to get into the holidays and the Lucy Stone series has numerous holiday related titles in addition to this latest installment.

The Unconsoled

This is The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro, one of his least-regarded novels, but to me his best and one of the best books ever written.

The Lowland

Lahiri is an accomplished writer and though I felt, at times, disappointed, in the end I was sure that there is an important truth here — that life often denies us understanding, and sometimes all there is to hold on to is our ability to endure.

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

The book is best at depicting how even the most damaged people can rebuild their lives, as long as they are willing to put in the work - a theme that gives the novel an autobiographical air.

Wonder Women

Though she argues that women would be better off settling for good enough, a concept that the economist Herbert A. Simon called satisficing, it would have been interesting to hear more from her on the paradox of choice and why the expanded buffet of options has not necessarily made women happier.

Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

Although written for the general reader, the 431 pages that mix travelogue with interviews of experts and assemblage of facts to support his analysis can be a tough slog at times — without the payoff of a bright future in a world without us.

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion ofSafety

Schlosser has written a powerful reminder that nuclear weapons are never really "safe" despite the fact that safety measures have so far worked. President Obama's call to eliminate nuclear weapons has so far failed to receive significant popular support. This book might help to change that.

Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir

More than just telling tales of the days when giants walked the Troubadour, Ronstadt also gives a sense of the thoughts that go into being a singer's singer, without ever being immodest about her gifts.