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The Glittering World

At once poetic, fulfilling, and upsetting, for this reader, The Glittering World demands a prize or two, and a sequel.

The First Bad Man: A Novel

The First Bad Man uses the artifice of the performance in the service of intimacy. In the place of meta-fiction’s infinitely regressive hall-of-mirrors, July depicts a meaningful and messy portrait of our all-too-human relationships.

A History of Loneliness

A History of Loneliness highlights the dangers of allowing one institution to wield that much power over a society. Even today, Boyle reminds us, the church runs 90 percent of the schools. It’s a chilling thought.

The Buried Giant: A novel

Ishiguro’s prose is quietly lyrical, sometimes hypnotic, and his characters speak with the wisdom of those whose lives have been distorted by loss and the yet-plaintive ghosts of war.

I Am Radar: A Novel

if you don’t look directly at I Am Radar but rather observe it peripherally, focusing not on a single piece but the way they all work together, the result is impressive and a little bit wondrous.

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel

Joyce must tread a delicate path to add to her first book’s narrative without actually touching it in a way that would change the story, but she manages to both add depth to an already strong work and build something new and beautiful upon it.

Girl in a Band

With Girl in a Band, Gordon says, "here's what it's like." She reveals a person underneath the persona, an individual who never wanted anything more than to express herself, demystifying—just as Iggy Pop did—the idea of a rockstar.

Dark Rooms

Crime fiction lovers have some intelligent, gritty writing to look forward to in Dark Rooms.

The American Lover

Wholly enthralling, these stories gleam with human desire and malice and hope as they move between Tolstoy’s Russia, World War II France and present-day London.

Kirkus Reviews : Lamentation (February 23, 2015)

Shakespearean characterization and Byzantine plotting: Amid all the stink and muck of Tudor London, Sansom offers a master class in royal intrigue.

Mightier than the Sword

Expect once more unto the breach: The conclusion’s a turbo-charged cliffhanger that’ll have fans screaming Arrrcherr!

Kirkus Reviews : Touch (February 25, 2015)

The high stakes and breakneck pace of the plot will draw readers in, and the meditations on what it means to be human and to be loved will linger long after the last shot is fired.

The Outsiders

A fresh Spanish setting, a stream of characters with great nicknames like “the Tractor,” and a mix of British, Eastern European and American crime fighters make Seymour's 29th novel one of his most entertaining.

Hush Hush

Lippmann's trademark ability to dig beneath the surface of family life, no matter how twisted, is in fine form, which will cause her fans to raise their Natty Boh's in salute to return of the redoubtable Tess Monaghan, her growing family and ever-loyal friends.

Girl in a Band

With "Girl in a Band," Gordon is back in charge, telling an unconventional story of her own creation. This book is not a garden-variety rock memoir.

First Time in Forever

Touching, sensual and warmly inviting.

I Am Radar: A Novel

He's created an odd ship of characters who will venture halfway across the globe for art and science, not for acclaim but to complete their complex, risky creations.

Discontent and its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London

The point of "Discontent and Its Civilizations," after all, is to make a case for the way big issues unfold across individual lives. And yet his intent is not to trace the evolution of the war on terror but how it alters us on the most intimate terms.

The Girls of Mischief Bay

A discerning, affecting look at three women facing surprising change and the powerful and uplifting impact of friends.

Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It

A powerful wake-up call to pay attention to our online lives.