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The Great Glass Sea

he reader is left feeling like some larger point about the conflict was lost in the book’s epic sprawl.


Dry Bones in the Valley: A Novel

Bouman’s debut shows rural noir at its finest: a poetically written mystery about a man struggling with his inner demons and an area of great natural beauty few had heard of before the natural gas boom.


Dry Bones in the Valley: A Novel

Bouman’s debut shows rural noir at its finest: a poetically written mystery about a man struggling with his inner demons and an area of great natural beauty few had heard of before the natural gas boom.


Landline

Rainbow Rowell writes conventional fiction unconventionally. They're romances, but there's no meeting-cute, or ripping bodices — the people in them seem real.


Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Kerry Brown offers a sober and well-informed antidote to the overdose of repeated non-truths and half-truths that often pass for analysis of Chinese politics.


Directing Herbert White

Some lines [...] are still difficult to forgive.


Starbreak

I enjoyed parts of Starbreak (most notably its worldbuilding and the vision of life on Zehava), but sadly, I was not enamored with many of the book’s other vital components.


One Plus One: A Novel

Readers will relish the easy banter and welcoming tone of the story.


The Half Life of Molly Pierce

Katrina Leno’s debut novel is an impressive glimpse into mental illness.


The Vacationers: A Novel

It’s an enjoyable, quick read that will have you handing it off to one of your friends to read, hopefully with sand on the pages.


The Forever Man: A Near-Future Thriller

It's an interesting read in spite of its flaws, one that does set forth a frighteningly possible future scenario!


The Lemon Grove

The Lemon Grove is worth reading for Walsh's descriptive talent alone, but it's also one of those novels that is perfect for summer.


Friendship

The novel is filled with keenly observed details, especially about the outsize role that technology plays in her characters’ lives.


Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce

Her biography isn’t likely to convert readers into admirers, but in a culture where the rage for fame feels inescapable, it might just help us to weigh its costs more accurately and count the blessings of obscurity.


The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar

Windrow has no simple answer for why in his 30s he decided to acquire a pet for the first time or why that pet was an owl. But he can tell you what the owl meant to him.


The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor

This gracefully written book is an original and textured study of Churchill’s imagination.


Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp¿on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics

“Big Money” amply and colorfully makes the case that our elected leaders are increasingly dependent on a small number of seven-digit checks written by a few dozen members of the 0.01 percent, and therefore politics are becoming a type of thoroughbred horse racing.


Fridays at Enrico's

Carpenter’s long, difficult career was over, but he left “Fridays at Enrico’s” on the shelf as a generous parting gift.