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The Day of Atonement: A Novel

Historical fiction buffs will enjoy an action-packed adventure in an unusual setting.

Rose Gold
Kirkus Reviews : Rose Gold (September 25, 2014)

Along the way to the untidy resolution, the most quotable of all contemporary detectives ("I knew I was in trouble because I was being told a fairy tale by a cop") stirs up enough trouble for scene after memorable scene. Mosley may not write great endings, but it's hard to top his middles.

Bitter Greens
Kirkus Reviews : Bitter Greens (September 25, 2014)

This unconventional spin on a children's classic is a captivating read and unquestionably aimed toward adults.

How to Build a Girl

Hilarious autobiographical fiction debut for Britain's Lena Dunham—if you can forgive a dot too much nasty sex and poignant lessons learned.

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

Stone Mattress is Atwood being wicked, but maybe what I really mean is that she's a writer who's having a little fun here while insisting on telling the truth.

The Clockwork Dagger

It's an action tale that's as thought-provoking as it is rollicking — and a statement about how heroes don't always fit our definitions, nor should they.


It is not an escapist novel. It is not something one can read from cover to cover and expect to glean any meaningful insight from it.

Peter Pan Must Die: A Novel

Verdon has created something here that rivals the best of the mystery/thriller genre!

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Long story short: Ms. Mantel can’t kill off Margaret Thatcher. But it is not a matter of bloodthirstiness to wish Ms. Mantel were as firm here as she is in her best books, which require no dodging for their historical narratives, and which so brilliantly amplify what is already known.

The Paying Guests

In “The Paying Guests,” Waters tilts a mirror toward the decades of gay and lesbian struggle that preceded last year’s landmark decisions: In its world, as in trench warfare, the idea of victory pixelates into a thousand tiny moments of shared survival.

The Zone of Interest: A novel

“The Zone of Interest” is, simply put, a masterpiece.

Bad Feminist

Gay writes with authority, conviction and a spirit of rising up against stereotypes and labels.


There's plenty of space left for sequels in both halves of Afterworlds: Like Darcy's demanding publisher, readers may hope this book branches out into a full-fledged franchise.

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Generally, these stories succeed best where they are furthest away from the machinery of their plots and devices.

The Bodies We Wear

Not perfectly constructed, but Faye’s strong yet flawed character is worth getting to know.

How to Build a Girl

While How To Build a Girl will almost certainly make readers laugh, it’s hard to imagine anyone recognizing the adolescence it depicts. That said, many readers will recognize plenty of Moran in it. For her fans, that’s probably all that’s needed.

Women in Clothes

Women in Clothes is a godsend for women who don’t feel fashionable by fashion’s standards. It’s a bible of how to dress, specifically because it isn’t.


I could never quite get to the bottom of the “so what?” question with Rooms. Life (and even the afterlife) is hard, and people get hurt. So what? Well, I’m still not really sure.

The Paying Guests

This is a magnificent creation, a book that doubles as a time machine, flinging us back not only to postwar London, but also to our own lost love affairs, the kind that left us breathless — and far too besotted to notice that we had somehow misplaced our moral compass.

In a Handful of Dust

I know most readers are probably tired of post-apocalyptic books these days but if anyone is still up for it, I do recommend they give these books a try.