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Every Day Is for the Thief: Fiction

Cole presents his information in such a way that even the most fact-dense passages don’t seem particularly didactic.

The Player

Most readers of the mystery genre will enjoy this addition to Brad Parks’s series.

All Our Names

Even after reading this book, these men remain “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” to quote Churchill.

The Man Who Walked Away: A Novel

The overall feeling conveyed by author Maud Casey is one of compassion for these patients who are struggling to live as normal a life as their illnesses will allow them.

Roosevelt's Beast

Bayard keeps the pace brisk and never lets the overwhelming visage of Teddy Roosevelt get in the way of the story. This terrific historical thriller simply cries out for a film treatment.

Clever Girl
Bookreporter : Clever Girl (March 21, 2014)

It is a remarkable feat of storytelling from Tessa Hadley, not only to portray an ordinary life in such a compelling and atmospheric manner as to render it unforgettable, but also to raise thought-provoking questions about how 'ordinary' any life actually is.

Mentats of Dune

By the time the novel reaches its conclusion, you feel that you've been through hell and back. In a good way.

The Berkeley Square Affair

While this was frustrating at times, it also tempted me to pick up all five previous stories because it sounds like I’ve missed some great historical mysteries set in Regency-era Europe.

The Zero Marginal Cost Society

If Rifkin’s predictions have value, however, it is in bringing home the extent of the technologically induced upheaval that may lie ahead. How we deal with the consequences is up to us.

The UnAmericans: Stories

One senses here that Antopol is indeed writing what she knows. And one wants to tell her to do only that in the future. But also to keep in mind that there is more to life than the one wrong turn — and that there ought to be more to fiction as well.

Silence Once Begun: A Novel

In this book Ball the poet and novelist joins forces with “Ball” the lovelorn journalist to relate a piercing tragedy in a language that combines subtlety and simplicity in such a way that it causes a reader to go carefully, not wanting to miss a word.

The Spinning Heart: A Novel

These are men and women with hard lives and soft hearts, many speaking in lively, unaffected idiom.

Stokely: A Life

His life, as this biography so adroitly establishes, is central to understanding the primary lesson of the 1960s for black America. It was the point at which the country came to a moral fork in the road and opted to go straight.

The Sun and Other Stars: A Novel

Despite a mostly hollow (and very large) supporting cast, the sincerity of this tale of psychological recovery gratifies.

A Place in the Country

“A Place in the Country” extends Sebald’s canon deeper into the past, and into the Alemannic (which the translator Jo Catling defines as the region comprising southwest Germany, northwest Switzerland and Alsace).

The Orchard of Lost Souls

Only Mohamed’s luminous prose lights the way and checks the relentlessness of the narrative.

More Than Conquerors

Hustad has written a generous and arresting account of an upbringing that might have turned a lesser writer bitter.

Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century

Fong tells a good story, and in this time of unrelenting criticism of our medical system, we need to be reminded of how much we’ve learned in the past hundred years, how much we know, how miraculous it all is, what a blessing.

A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man

It’s a fascinating story, but also an exceptionally knotty one.

The Free

The challenge for the writer of social realism is to enlist the plastic qualities of fiction to produce something lifelike, in which artifice creates the shimmer of recognition.