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Life Is Short ¿ Art Is Shorter: In Praise of Brevity

for people new to the nature of the short-short format, or who have limited experience with the pieces contained within, this is an insightful and valuable collection.


I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son

While it is admirable that Russell strives to give readers something more than a simple collection of regurgitated essays from the web, the connections feel forced, not altogether cohesive, and strained.


Viper Wine: A Novel

Eyre is a talented writer. Her prose is lovely, her imagination seemingly boundless within this very structured, well-built world. It may be that this book is up your alley. It simply, in the end, wasn't up mine.


Fifteen Dogs

Fifteen Dogs is the best written, cleverest, and most involving book I’ve read in a long time.


The Blondes

The Blondes is a sharp, funny, self-aware thriller that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and would be a great travel companion for plane flights, beach trips, or long train rides.


Born with Teeth: A Memoir

Compellingly introspective and revealing, despite the tendency toward overwriting.


Whispering Shadows: A Novel

This novel explores a side of Hong Kong tourists rarely experience, but it has a conclusion that feels rushed despite action that moves at an almost glacial pace.


The Fishermen: A Novel

A powerful, haunting tale of grief, healing, and sibling loyalty.


The Fair Fight: A Novel

Great characters and wild turns of events make this book a knockout.


Fifteen Dogs

A clever exploration of our essence, communication, and how our societies are organized.


Washing the Dead

Sincere but long-winded, Brafman’s story cycles through a limited range of emotional chords, to numbing effect.


The Lost Girls

For a wide-angle view of the horrific string of crimes start to finish, Glatt constructs an absorbing winner.


Five Nights in Paris

This is not a walking guide to Paris, but it is most certainly a guide to seeing and knowing Paris, one no Francophile should be without.


How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History's Greatest Poem

As a well-written chronicle of choice between the “success” of big cities and life in the far simpler world of old traditions and deep family ties, the book is both heartwarming and frustrating—certainly more confessional memoir than guide to Dante (a fact the author readily admits).


The Dead Lands: A Novel

In a literary world peppered with post-apocalyptic novels, Percy’s stands out.


Voices in the Night: Stories

A superb testament to America’s quirkiest short story writer, still on his game.


Paris Red: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : Paris Red (April 23, 2015)

Fans of art history, Paris and contemporary Künstleroman like Girl With a Pearl Earring will enjoy the new perspective and the strong female voice.


The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them

Smart, sometimes-stinging prose that rejects the doctrines of strangled government and artificial austerity, doctrines that require us to “pay a high economic price for our growing inequality and declining opportunity.”


Reykjavik Nights

Indridason's prequel unfolds with the same precision, economically depicted characters and authenticity as his Inspector Erlendur novels, but a livelier energy replaces the middle-aged Erlendur's noir melancholy.


Pirate's Alley

This book needs a stronger narrative drive to keep readers engaged. Still, the world and characters are appealing, and fans of the series will find enough of its charms here to keep them reading.