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Black Lake

Its depressive subject matter make Black Lake a difficult novel to read in one sitting, as the Campbells’ suffering becomes overwhelming at times.

The Three

The Three is completely haunting and will have many a person thinking twice about getting on an airplane.

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

It mostly reads as a good story and an ingenious excursion into the Parisian demimonde. Prose here concocts a bright confection — a light, but genuine pleasure.

The Girl in the Road

It certainly isn't optimistic. At the same time, it gracefully dodges the apocalypse-mongering that's become all but de rigueur in near-future science fiction.

The Vacationers: A Novel

An untaxing, pleasantly diverting read for beach or plane.

No Place to Hide

In “No Place to Hide,” Greenwald seems like a self-righteous sourpuss, convinced that every issue is “straightforward,” and if you don’t agree with him, you’re part of something he calls “the authorities,” who control everything for their own nefarious but never explained purposes.

My Real Children

I settled into their respective lives and the families they formed with ease and a hunger for their happiness, whether that happiness was granted or withheld.

Snow in May

Achingly beautiful, this collection signals a writer to watch.

The Trouble with Europe: Why the EU Isn't Working - How it Can Be Reformed - What Could Take Its Place

Here is an eye-opening book that will inspire you to think through the issues clearly – without starting a saloon-bar brawl.

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

Doerr's prose style is high-pitched, operatic, relentless. Short sharp sentences, echoing the static of the radios, make the first hundred pages very tiresome to read, as does the American idiom.

Astonish Me: A novel

Astonish Me is a gripping, thoughtful and tightly-written novel, where ballet acts as an effective metaphor for all aspirations and disappointments.

The Bees

Many of the extraordinary facts packed into this fantasy novel are wonderfully realised.

In Paradise: A Novel

Ultimately Matthiessen’s novel embraces humanity’s endless capacity to heal and reinvent itself.

The UnAmericans: Stories

With her worldly themes and her interest in ordinary amid extraordinary times, Antopol seems to be pushing the bounds of the contemporary American short story.

Capital: The Eruption of Delhi

A sincere, troubling look at India’s wrenching social and cultural changes.

Black Lake

Lots of symbolic portent—the past, the sea, the family—and an overcomplicated narrative structure attempt to turn an elemental melodrama into a novel with more literary weight.

The Lincoln Myth

All action all the time as Malone once again yanks civilization back from the precipice.

Glorious: A Novel of the American West
Kirkus Reviews : Glorious (May 20, 2014)

This first of a trilogy is more L’Amour entertainment than Lonesome Dove epic, but it’s good fun nonetheless.


Palmer doesn’t spend much time developing female characters. But in the doctor hero’s latest adventure, he’s tender as well as tough, and you have to cheer him on in his fight to save the friend who helped save him.