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Frog Music: A Novel

Though Donoghue poses the book as a mystery — who killed Jenny Bonnet? — it's equally a celebration of love despite hardships galore, and the rising call of motherhood against near impossible odds.


Ripper

There are some cracking jokes here, and Allende has made a fair stab at doing something different with the crime genre. But, as Jack the Ripper could tell you, you need to do better than a fair stab to be truly memorable.


The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and Its Arabs

With this provocatively titled book, he joins the increasing number of respected authors from the liberal Left who are shocked at some of the effects of mass non-European immigration on Western European countries and cultures.


The Last Forever

The Last Forever remains a beautiful ode to love and the meaning of forever.


Dark Eden: A Novel

Dark Eden is a highly recommended novel and an excellent literary sf story that I can easily see shortlisted for both genre and mainstream prizes that appreciate writing style and "realistic" characters rather than sense of wonder and big picture speculations.


Cress

Overall, Cress was a good read.


Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

“Flash Boys” is guaranteed to make blood boil.


Can't and Won't

Her stories are briny and often delicious, after all, though also a bit impudent and stunted. You devour them as if they were on toothpicks.


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel

Zevin has done something old-fashioned and fairly rare these days. She has written an entertaining novel, modest in its scope, engaging and funny without being cloying or sentimental.


The Crossover

He’s at the top of his poetic game in this taut, complex tale of the crossover from brash, vulnerable boy to young adult.


Love and Treasure

Their sessions together provide a marvelous panorama of early 20th-century attitudes about women and fascinating portraits of feminists who shock society by refusing to act like fashion-obsessed girls.


Kinder Than Solitude: A Novel

There's a fine, taut Beijing novel inside Kinder Than Solitude, and some ruthless editing of its tedious American material might have set it off to greater advantage.


Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism

It makes for a rounded, rigorous, vivid portrait of a man who, Brothers argues, became “the ultimate representative of African-American musical history”.


Decoded

Decoded seems an entirely original work – a mix of spy thriller, historical saga and mathematical puzzle that somehow coheres into a powerful whole.


Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Huffington’s message – that we must create a “Third Metric” of wellbeing, wisdom, wonder and giving in order to balance the quest for wealth and power – is less a call to arms than a cuddly arm around the shoulders.


Empress of the Night

There are much more thorough and better-written books about Catherine the Great to seek if one truly wants to learn more about Catherine and her tumultuous life.


Goddess Interrupted

Lighthearted, it is meant to entertain, and entertain it does.


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel

This book really is a gift and you’ll find yourself reading it and then passing it along to your friend or Mother in my case, because you know that they’re going to love it as much as you do.


Red Rising

I have no idea how to rate this book because it is both amazing, yet so very flawed.


Empress of the Night

Eva Stachniak's novels are a great way to begin learning about this fascinating woman of history.