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The Smart One

An unassuming but far from vacuous domestic comedy, perfect for the beach or a long plane trip.

Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me

Perfect for anyone who loved Volk’s first autobiographical effort, Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family, or who enjoys the work of memoirists like Jeannette Walls or Grace Coddington.

Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side

Elias’s story captures powerfully the vulnerability of being an outsider and the deep yearnings to be a part of something, to fit in.

Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side
Bookslut : Harley Loco (April 05, 2013)

Someone badass enough to earn a nickname at Rikers Island definitely has stories to tell. But whether it's still too raw for her to face up to, or because the memories have been blunted by large volumes of pharmaceuticals, the dramatic effect of her tempestuous life is done in by the flat prose.


Wrecked is a sweet and sexy story that, despite some repetitive flaws, was charming and fun to read.

Taking Eve

I think Johansen just might be able to maintain this tension all the way through the trilogy because she has built such a sturdy foundation with this book.

Who Was Dracula?: Bram Stoker's Trail of Blood

The author does a solid job analyzing the birth and development of Dracula and illustrating the character traits Stoker cherry-picked from his wide circle of friends.

Kirkus Reviews : Nameless (April 04, 2013)

A delicious treat for fairy-tale fans.

The Fever Tree

Readers might argue that the ending’s a bit weak when compared to the boldness of the rest of the story, but that’s a minor issue. Overall, this story’s a gem.

Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me
Kirkus Reviews : Shocked (April 04, 2013)

Witty, tender and vividly nostalgic.

Other People's Money: Inside the Housing Crisis and the Demise of the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever Made

Despite some flaws, Bagli's sourcing is impressive, and readers will welcome his ability to make arcane investment dealings comprehensible.


Readers looking to Artful for a more direct, self-enclosed, James Wood-esque literary primer are bound to be disappointed. But for everyone else. . .here’s to a challenge!

The Burgess Boys: A Novel

It's because this novel is messy and wrinkled and digressive that it ultimately rings true. Don't look for "unity of effect" in The Burgess Boys; rather, savor the authenticity of imperfection.

Odds Against Tomorrow

An oddly affectionate portrait of disaster relief that deftly mocks the indemnity mindset of a culture under siege.

Reinventing Bach

As Elie suggests in his final chapter, the more technology makes solitude the essential condition of our era, the more apt Bach’s music appears to be. It is made for the present, and always has been; that is its essential mystery.


This is possibly the most moving book I have ever read about grief, but it is also a very, very fine book about love.

The Book of My Lives

How one young man from Sarajevo found his place and his voice in America and evolved a language in which to make sense both of what he’d left behind and what he embraced in his new life.

The Book of My Lives

Part of what Hemon is tracing is his own awakening, his discovery that what we say and do matters, that there are consequences for everything.

The Accursed

"The Accursed" triumphantly fulfills its gothic mandate to make our skin crawl, but it also accomplishes the much more difficult task of frightening us with its ideas.