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Paris: The Novel

For all its merits, Rutherfurd’s latest is too big and too professorial for comfort—Edmund White could have written his own À la recherche du temps perdu in the same space.


Chosen at Nightfall

What a tedious mess. Fans will, of course, adore it.


Wedding Night: A Novel

Bright, bouncy, engaging and perfect for filming.


Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Those who have followed Sedaris through the years will find plenty to enjoy, though not much in the way of surprise or revelation.


The Interestings: A Novel

Wolitzer captures with almost unerring accuracy both the rhythms of conversation and the customs of urban life among this upwardly aspiring, artistically inclined collection of Manhattanites.


Waiting to Be Heard

In the end her book is not only an effort to make a case for her innocence but it’s also a kind of bildungsroman.


How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and his Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate

As Moore says, the dream of creating the perfect woman should stay “firmly in the realms of fiction,” but Thomas Day tried to make it a reality, in the process providing only “a sobering lesson” in human vanity.


The Famous and the Dead

Parker has plenty of fun with this story, but he’s serious, too. Where is the line between flesh-and-blood criminality and evil of supernatural origin?


Bolivar: American Liberator

Bolivar is a monumental achievement destined to win some major literary prizes.


Maya's Notebook

There’s a lot to like here, starting with Maya. She reminds us of the central role that luck or lack of it can play in our lives. And her slow return to a more sure-footed existence shows us that sometimes, we can triumph anyway.


Tenth of December: Stories

As well of exploring imaginary places and worlds, Saunders is also interested in investigating the inner minds of all kinds of “unusual” people, including teenagers, making them seem authentic, familiar and wholly unexpected all at the same time.


The Mermaid of Brooklyn: A Novel

I laughed out loud more than once at her very real portrayal of mommyhood (all the dirty and stinky parts that folks sometimes gloss over).


Wise Men: A Novel

For Stuart Nadler to be writing as he does, to show such maturity of insight and to have achieved the level of recognition he has whilst still under the age of 35 is amazing. There’s plenty of time for grand comparisons, and my feeling is this is just the magnificent start for him.


Amity & Sorrow: A Novel

The book is disturbing in its implications; however, the distance created by the isolation of the characters and their disconnectedness from one another made for odd but enthralling reading.


Sleight of Hand

Sleight Of Hand simply confirms Phillip Margolin's place among the top rung of Mystery/Thriller writers with the addendum that he's also one of the most under-appreciated ones.


Three Parts Dead

Three Parts Dead works as a stand-alone, but Max Gladstone also set up a lot he can play with later. I was thrilled to learn this novel is the first of a series, and I think if you give this book a shot you will be, too.


Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East

A clarion call for change and more—not less—engagement with Islam.


My Animals and Other Family

An irresistible look at the horsey mores of the landed English.


Unnatural Creatures

At more than 400 pages, Unnatural Creatures may be too much of a good thing. With a little whittling, Gaiman could have created a leaner, more thrilling beast.


Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes -- the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists

Noble Savages is a lively contribution to one of the great scientific shitstorms of the past several years, but the definitive account of Chagnon and his tormentors is yet to be written, probably by someone who can think about the whole case without his blood pressure soaring into the red zone.