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Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka

Shot through with black comedy, unsparing honesty and robust intellect—in short, a fitting Kafka tribute.


Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

A smart and plainspoken—if sometimes obviously self-serving—insider’s view of the military-industrial-governmental complex. Sure to spark plenty of discussion inside the Beltway.


Dead to Me
Kirkus Reviews : Dead to Me (January 14, 2014)

Staincliffe devotes nearly as much attention to her three leads’ struggles with their personal lives as she does to the procedural itself. Sympathetic though they are, one keeps wanting them to stop agonizing and just get on with the case.


Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Kirkus Reviews : Hollow City (January 14, 2014)

Less a straightforward horrorfest than a tasty adventure for any reader with an appetite for the…peculiar.


A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World: A Novel

This play on history and heritage plunges headlong into the mystic, but it’s written for a very niche market.


The Emperor's Blades

Worth sticking around to see what comes next.


Star Road
Kirkus Reviews : Star Road (January 14, 2014)

All in all, something for everyone.


Saints of the Shadow Bible

Although Rebus is the protagonist of this gritty procedural, you see the action through so many other eyes that the hard-living detective is less vivid a presence than in his earlier outings. But the most persistent cop in the shop will still do whatever it takes to crack a case.


Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything

Beautifully written and hugely entertaining, this book is a heartfelt introduction to the many mind-bending theories in contemporary physics.


Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life

A practical and impassioned parenting guide.


Dead to Me

This novel is filled with rich procedural detail as well as a cast of characters with enough depth to define a whole series of books set in this world.


The Visionist: A Novel

Urquhart layers The Visionist with many startling moments, from the chorus of consoling angels that come to Polly when her father visits her bed at night, to the lengths to which ways her courageous mother goes to protect her.


On Such a Full Sea: A Novel

He has again tried to push his talents in a daring new direction, but this time, the result, sadly, is an unsatisfying and jerry-built fairy tale.


The Way of All Fish: A Novel

For bookworms and mystery fans, “The Way of All Fish” is a goofily offbeat delight.


The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories

Rich has a wisdom about male-female interaction that most have to wait far, far longer than 28 years to gain.


Andrew's Brain: A Novel

In the end, “Andrew’s Brain,” like Andrew himself, is merely a pretender — claiming more profundity than it can deliver, offering us something elliptical and vague as a simulacrum of intellectual provocation.


The Trip to Echo Spring

The sorrow in these writers' lives is palpable, but their works are monuments of modern literature. Laing lays bare the tumult their lives and in doing so gives us her own beautifully written book. It is well worth the read.


The Invention of Wings: A Novel

The novel is a textured masterpiece, quietly yet powerfully poking our consciences and our consciousness.


And Sons: A Novel

There is much to admire in & Sons: it is ambitious and often beautiful. If in the end the novel fizzles out, at least it dies a brave and unusual death.


Carthage

Carthage is an immensely proficient novel, with careful and elegant prose, and interesting experiments with form.