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TransAtlantic: A Novel

It's hard to fault McCann's fine sentiments, but really memorable fiction requires a little more ambiguity – some more grit in the oyster.


A Far Piece to Canaan

A Far Piece to Canaan is reminiscent at times of The Body/Stand By Me (your pick, King's story or the movie based on it) and other similar coming-of-age stories strongly focused on the bonds of friendship.


Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

I flew through this book, loved the witty prose and found it such a pleasurable read that it left me desperate to read any other work by Maria Semple.


Austenland

Austenland is a quick, fun read but there is a lot packed in.


All the Summer Girls

If you’re looking for a story about the power of friendships, forgiveness, love then look no furthe


The Woman Upstairs

Addictive, memorable, intense ... Gosh. I guess you could say I liked it.


Studio Saint-Ex

High fashion and high drama coexist in equal measure in this insightful novel.


Cinnamon and Gunpowder

Food porn and rip-roaring pirate adventure are two great tastes that taste great together in Eli Brown's rollicking Cinnamon and Gunpowder.


The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel

By cutting back and forth between the events that took Thea to Yonahlossee and her experiences in school, Ms. DiSclafani methodically builds suspense, making the reader wonder how Thea’s two romances will unfurl, and whether they will dovetail or collide.


Taipei

The novel is an ostensibly dead thing that turns out to be quite alive.


Angel Baby: A Novel

"Angel Baby" is taut and vicious, unfurling like a rumba of rattlesnakes.


Her

“Her” is more than a beautifully written memoir or tribute. It’s a powerful and raw love letter to the author’s other half.


Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

The reader is tempted to assume that Weisberger had dollar signs in her eyes, rather than inspiration, when she wrote it.


TransAtlantic: A Novel

Complex and demanding as it is, “TransAtlantic” might not widen McCann’s audience, but it should deepen his fans’ appreciation.


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

This brave, bold, shattering novel reminds us what it means to be human, in the best and worst sense.


Big Brother

Big Brother is vintage Shriver — observant, unsettling, funny, but also, as Pandora admits, “Very, very sad.”


Taipei

From drugs, MacBooks and kombucha, Tao Lin has built Taipei, his strongest novel yet.


Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood

If you don’t have children and are looking for a decent primer on what to expect, Someone Could Get Hurt is a solid choice. Keep in mind, though, that parenting today is pretty boring.


TransAtlantic: A Novel

TransAtlantic may be most moving as a force of connection between lives lived inside that history-in-motion.


Casino Infernale: A Secret Histories Novel

The bottom line is that if you are a Simon Green fan, you’ll enjoy this book.