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Tibetan Peach Pie

This meandering non-autobiography is usually high-spirited and frequently funny, recounted in the rococo prose that has gained its author his many fans and detractors.


Above the East China Sea

Bird is a wise and sensitive writer, and in her hands the relationships of these two sets of sisters remain variegated, even as their parallel tracks narrow toward intersection.


Next Life Might Be Kinder

An intelligent novel that sets up - and sometimes abandons - interesting problems about ethics, the impulse to violence, the buzz of grief and the nature of communication between the living and the dead.


Abroad

Crouch gets what it means to be young and on your own, as she portrays these girls drenched in the heady brew of sex, drugs, alcohol and risky freedom.


Your Fathers, Where Are They? and the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

the train ride is swift and smart, and there is plenty of important stuff to consider along the way.


The Farm

The book’s construction is so off-putting and contrived it robs the narrative of any momentum. Instead, it serves up chapter after chapter of vague threats, laughable explanations and dire warnings.


The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

Reading The Map Thief, you can feel the excitement of those early cartographers as they eagerly recorded the discovery of tantalizing new frontiers.


Scalia: A Court of One

As the court leans right — as it has most recently regarding civil rights and the separation of church and state — Scalia may yet see many more of what were once angry dissents become law.


The Train to Warsaw: A Novel

Unsentimentally and vividly, Edelman re-creates the chaos, the din and the brutality as everything was stolen from Warsaw’s Jews in the winter of 1940, and they were hounded into the ghetto, which was about the size of Central Park in Manhattan.


Hard Choices

The book should reinforce the case of those who believe Clinton is well prepared to be president.


Elizabeth Is Missing

Like Ian McEwan’s Atonement, Elizabeth is Missing is a redeeming force for its main character, even if she’ll never know it.


The Vacationers: A Novel

The Vacationers is a charming and enjoyable read, something pitch-perfect for summer. It is also surprisingly, deceptively wise in its insights and understandings, a complex, multifaceted pleasure.


The Fever: A Novel
NPR : Elizabeth Blair (June 20, 2014)

In Megan Abbott's The Fever, the mystery of adolescence is nearly impossible to solve.


The Quick

Lauren Owen’s debut spends too much time trying to pull one over on its reader, and not near enough time capitalizing her evocative prose and smartly organized world.


Your Fathers, Where Are They? and the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

the dialogue-only structure and depth of feeling in “Your Fathers” are to its credit. You know what Eggers wants to say, he says it quickly, and he says it with a respectably righteous fury.


The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

There’s so much going on that The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is a hard book to put down at any point.


Cutting Teeth

I can’t help but feel Freud’s copy of this book would be filled to the gills with margin notes, but that he would have enjoyed this imperfect bunch as much as I did.


Everything Leads to You

Everything Leads to You is lovely and romantic and thoughtful. Very highly recommended.


The Fever: A Novel

For a fascinating and terrifying modern-day study of mass hysteria and the mob mentality in the Internet era, one need look no further than Megan Abbott’s latest.


The Fever: A Novel

“The Fever” is all about innuendo, which Ms. Abbott handles expertly from the first page onward.