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The Wisdom of the Shire

The Wisdom of the Shire is an entertaining enough book that is not to be taken too seriously, but rarely mentions anything worth considering more.


NOS4A2

NOS4R2 is an excellent novel, populated with believable characters and some intense, creepy scenes.


The Caretaker

We have an excellent new novelist in our midst.


Graveland

I’d call Graveland a slow burner, because it doesn’t really get up to speed until about halfway through. It helps if you have some knowledge of the labyrinthine ways of today’s financial institutions.


Transparent

There’s real pain in this story—familial, personal, and supernatural—as well as real hope. Friendship. Love. And, again, family.


Pierced: A Novel

Enger depicts character and milieu very convincingly, and gives a credible and interesting insight into both the frantic environment of online news journalism, and the violent, sweaty milieu of the muscled enforcers.


A Murder at Rosamund's Gate

Flowing prose, good pacing, and a humdinger of a good plot makes this cozy mystery one to add to your shelves.


The Round House

While The Round House may lack some of the vibrancy of Erdrich’s early novels, it more than compensates with a sombre clarity and deserves to be ranked with her finest work.


The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA

Gripping, emotional depictions of the conflicts that rage in the interior and exterior worlds of a spy—and of a journalist.


Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Lookingat Animals in America

An engaging nature/environment book that goes beyond simple-minded sloganeering.


She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me

The story of Brockes’ quest to understand her mother’s past is powerful on its own, but the backdrop against which most of the narrative unfolds—a country with its own history of rapacious violence—makes the book even more poignant and unforgettable.


Requiem Mass

An interminable slog with pauses for Fenwick (Innocent Blood, 2008, etc.) to reconnect with his kids, lust over Octavia and bicker with police superiors.


All the Summer Girls

A good beach read, set in a beach town.


The Black Country

Grecian packs in almost more plot than a body can stand, but he presents with fine precision the gray and gritty atmosphere of late-Victorian England.


Cool War: The Future of Global Competition

Current affairs books always run the risk of going rather quickly from the New Releases shelf to the remainder bin, but Feldman’s book carries enough insight to warrant serious attention from anyone interested in what may well be the defining relationship in global affairs for decades to come.


Smarty Bones

Less chipper than most of Sarah Booth’s excursions—and it’s time to lay that silly ghost Jitty to rest.


His Majesty's Hope

Maggie continues her winning ways with more thrills and romantic problems, but this time, the horrors of her experiences add depth to the already pleasing adventures.


A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg

A sesquicentennial series volume worth a Civil War buff’s attention.


Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands

Well-balanced, though not likely to sway either detractors or admirers one way or another. We look forward to the planned sequel, covering the years of Thatcher’s political decline.


The Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic

A poetic tale of a personal medical crisis.