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England and Other Stories

The stories recall different eras stylistically as well, bearing echoes of Cheever, touches of O. Henry, and, in one chilling case, of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.” With few weak spots and more than a few killers, it’s a potent gathering.

Off the Page

Though it lacks the depth of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart series, the story is at its best when it’s taken as a metafictive exploration of the relationship between a reader and a beloved book.

I, Ripper: A Novel

Hunter solves the crime, and the Prince of Wales wasn’t the culprit.

Beach Town

A perfect fit for the romance lover’s beach bag.

Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear)

“I don’t regret a thing,” writes Fine, and neither will readers who live vicariously through the author’s eyes and memory.

Against Interpretation

We don’t crave depth, we crave surface. We want to be here, not ghosts in our own world. Can we achieve that or is it just a quest like something Don Quixote would be into?

The House of Hawthorne: A Novel

The House of Hawthorne is a beautifully-told story about a couple that just is not that interesting.

Love and Miss Communication

While I can't say reading Love and Miss Communication improved my weather situation, it definitely left me with the warm and fuzzies upon turning the final page.

Let Me Die in His Footsteps

The story Roy tells is incredibly gripping - definitely one I should have started well before bedtime.

The Making of Zombie Wars

The Making of Zombie Wars is crazy in the best sense of the word, and very few authors could have pulled it off — even in its most sober moments, it's still essentially absurd.

The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley: A Novel

Massey has an eye for black humor and the details of a life fully inhabited.

The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio

A brisk chronicle of how William Shakespeare almost vanished into obscurity and how one obsessive American created the playwright's finest modern shrine.

The Black Snow: A Novel

Sentence by sentence we read about how his world comes apart, even as Lynch's language binds everything together — nature, character, time and the wild paradoxical aspiration of a novelist driven to try and make sense out of the inexplicable.


It is impossible not walk away from this book without mourning the ravaged folks — old and new — left behind.

The Odd Woman and the City

"The Odd Woman and the City" is full of what she knows, what she ponders and most of all what she has read.

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

Mann's prose — luminous, chatty and smart — together with photographs that arrest and provoke — invites readers to hold the camera still with her, and in that space, to imagine whole narratives that accompany these slices in time, no matter how false or incomplete.

John Knox

Dawson shows how Knox was even greater through being weaker than we thought, and was as influential in England and Europe as in Scotland.

The Making of Zombie Wars

It's a delightful ride through an ordinary life kicking into high, crazy gear. With zombies.

A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope

Not every memoir has to be soul-searching, and there is resonance in Brokaw's matter-of-fact tone that will speak to many who prefer sense to sensibility.

Loop of Jade

There is clearly a rich imaginative seam to be mined in the tension between the two radically different worlds Howe inhabits. The haul from this preliminary exploration is considerable, but you sense the mother lode is still to come.