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Red Sky in Morning

Sentence by sentence, a debut definitely worth noticing.


Want Not

It’s a joyous book, a very funny book and an unpredictable book, and that’s because everyone in it is allowed to be fully human.


A Permanent Member of the Family
The New York Times : Close Calls (November 15, 2013)

Banks is a master of the kind of old-school, unadorned realism that hasn’t really been the fashion in short stories since the days of Raymond Carver.


At Night We Walk in Circles: A Novel

What Alarcón called "the backdrop of Latin American politics" may yet fall away, if he chooses; but for now, his renewed focus on character, his obvious delight in the story's baroque twists, and his liberating, journalistic vantage, have reenergized his craft and pointed in promising directions. Surely the best is yet to come.


Fiendish Schemes

Jeter is too good a writer to not provide us a more substantive performance and he is too smart a writer to explain steampunk as merely a vehicle that returns us to those halcyon days of a past that are more imagined than real.


Claire of the Sea Light

It’s no mistake that Danticat says that she is illuminated both from the light from below, as well as above from the moon. It’s the light within the dark we are discovering in this work.


Long Division

Long Division fittingly ends with a statement about language, and that statement is that language, like history, never stops moving forward.


Turn Around Bright Eyes

Robert Christgau and Greil Marcus may be among our best rock critics. But if Sheffield keeps writing books as tender and smart as this one, he might end up being judged on a bigger dais.


Turn Around Bright Eyes

Sheffield seems like a sweet guy, someone you’d be lucky to spend a night swilling whiskey and spinning records with. But I’m not sure I need to read another of his books.


We Are Water

Wally Lamb’s fifth work of fiction, We Are Water, is a mesmerizing novel about a family in crisis that pulls together many characters and diverse themes and sets the bulk of its action against our collective modern angst and ambivalence.


Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars

Billings communicates scientific and technical detail fluently, and there is much here to please any geek who does not already know how, say, it is possible to see a distant planet next to a star that outshines it as an exploding nuclear bomb does an unlit match.


The Goddess Test

The Goddess Test is frivolous and silly and an absolute blast.


A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York

The Huston family’s story is uncommonly intriguing because of what family members have left unsaid.


Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings

A stocking stuffer for die-hard Burgundians or a gag gift to bring to Wes Mantooth’s holiday party, but nothing more than that.


The Aftermath

“The Aftermath” provides some lessons, or refreshers, about the history of World War II.


Fractures

Plenty of readers will enjoy Herrin’s book for its lustrous writing and poignant insight into the challenge of building a life worth living.


My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

"My Promised Land" is really the author's attempt at a national heshbon nefesh, or "accounting of the soul," a reckoning of good and bad deeds that Jews are commanded to perform on the High Holidays.


My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

With tragicomic wistfulness, Mr. Shavit captures an essential Israeli longing for peace.


City of Lost Dreams: A Novel

The entire story remains an adrenaline-filled historical and fantasy trip through some of the most beautiful cities in Europe.


Day One

Day One is an all around excellent thriller with a high gore factor and lots of creepy plausibility.