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Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel

His real gift is the light-touch medicinal humor threaded into the poetic patchwork, the cheerfulness Rakoff exhibited through to the end.

My Lunches with Orson

One great virtue of My Lunches with Orson is that it sends you back to Welles' own work, which naturally remains far more eloquent than these conversations.

Visitation Street

The ending of Visitation Street is startling, honest and somewhat unpredictable; I can imagine that it will be vigorously discussed in readers’ groups, both online and in person. I look forward to more from Pochoda as well as from Lehane’s imprint.

The Light in the Ruins

The Light in the Ruins is plotted with an elegance worthy of an Etruscan.


Nutting could have updated the Lolita story to examine gender bias in our reaction to statutory rape charges and how such cases play out in the public sphere. But the novel’s coda is rushed, and Nutting plays the consequences mostly for laughs.

Viral Nation

Recommended, especially for the fan who is looking for something beyond the usual YA romantic dystopian hegemony.

The Hen of the Baskervilles

Reading one of her books is like devouring a dessert only to discover that not only was it delicious–it was actually good for you, to boot.

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Would I recommend this book if you don't already care about the lives of 30-somethings in Brooklyn and aren't worried about whether your boyfriend likes you? Probably not.

And Sons: A Novel

Gilbert's portrait of the city and its literary set is as smart and savage in its way as Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities, half love letter, half indictment, and wholly irresistible.

The Never List

Zan manages to throw in new twists and surprises throughout the story, each one possibly more chilling than the last.

Magic Rises

It's a book that heralds an epic upcoming confrontation and perhaps even more horrific aftermath to follow.

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel

Strong work. It deepens the impact that this was the last book completed by the author.

Kirkus Reviews : Downfall (July 19, 2013)

The criminal mastermind manages to be both repellent and uninteresting, and it’s hard to root for anyone, including Sam, when everyone’s basically under compulsion to eliminate everyone else. Maybe Abbott and his hapless hero should move on to a new formula.

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Kirkus Reviews : Zealot (July 19, 2013)

Why has Christianity taken hold and flourished? This book will give you the answers in the simplest, most straightforward, comprehensible manner.

Nearer Home

The highlight here is in Nola’s personal relationships, which show her to be funny, flawed and formidable.

The Hen of the Baskervilles

The plot never exactly thickens, but the fair provides a perfect background for more of the Caerphilly zanies’ carnival antics, as long as you don’t mind the sideshow upstaging the main event.

Kirkus Reviews : Stranded (July 19, 2013)

In Kava’s hands, the echoes of several familiar serial-killer yarns are just as breathless but a lot less original or compelling.

Hunting Eve

A layered, thrilling read that will likely motivate fans to read the final book, too.


Flanery depicts the insular, insecure society of his white South Africans without apology and without condemnation.


With censorship now likely to make a comeback under the current government, what writers do becomes increasingly important. And a novel like Absolution is timely.