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Cool War: The Future of Global Competition

Current affairs books always run the risk of going rather quickly from the New Releases shelf to the remainder bin, but Feldman’s book carries enough insight to warrant serious attention from anyone interested in what may well be the defining relationship in global affairs for decades to come.

Smarty Bones

Less chipper than most of Sarah Booth’s excursions—and it’s time to lay that silly ghost Jitty to rest.

His Majesty's Hope

Maggie continues her winning ways with more thrills and romantic problems, but this time, the horrors of her experiences add depth to the already pleasing adventures.

A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg

A sesquicentennial series volume worth a Civil War buff’s attention.

Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands

Well-balanced, though not likely to sway either detractors or admirers one way or another. We look forward to the planned sequel, covering the years of Thatcher’s political decline.

The Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic

A poetic tale of a personal medical crisis.

The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The True Story

The Feud highlights the backwoods moral code in which strangers might be welcomed and neighbors generously assisted, but if a family member were crossed, 'wrong would be returned for wrong.

The Conditions of Love

The Conditions of Love is an engaging story written in a lyrical style. It’s a stunningly self-assured novel for a debut, and it leaves the reader hoping that Kushner will write a second.

Taking Eve

Eve’s determination to escape is the dominant force as we reach the end of this suspense-laden 15th installment of the series.

The Cooked Seed: A Memoir

Lauryann’s suggestion that Min write a memoir seems a clear indicator of what the reader has learned over the course of the book: no matter her shortcomings, Min’s tenacity and triumphs are remarkable, and her story is worth telling.

Unwritten: A Novel

Unwritten undoubtedly would be a terrific movie, either for the big screen or a made-for-TV special. Katie, Sunday and Father Steady Capri will stay with you long after the last wonderful page.

The Rithmatist

By making magic an integrated part of the world rather than a hidden facet, Sanderson is able to seriously contemplate the societal role that it would actually have in a way most authors avoid.

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

For those already interested in reading Magary’s stories on a wide variety of topics, Someone Could Get Hurt is a worthwhile dip into a repetitive genre, but it’s otherwise decidedly optional.

The Unwinding

Despite The Unwinding's minor flaws, the book is a fitting reminder of the paradox of democracy in America, where ideas that are seemingly sacrosanct can be eroded and replaced within a generation.

And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel

It’s hard to do justice to a novel this rich in a short review. There are a dozen things I still want to say — about the rhyming pairs of characters, the echoing situations, the varied takes on honesty, loneliness, beauty and poverty, the transformation of emotions into physical ailments.

Wedding Night: A Novel

Bravo to Sophie on another job well done. I look forward to many more stand alone novels, as well as some more visits with our favorite shopaholic, Becky Bloomwood.


While reading this book, I found myself skimming more often than not, as I just couldn't get involved in the story or the characters.

Angel Baby: A Novel

A film waiting to happen, this book boasts memorable characters, evocative settings and a suspenseful plot.

The Woman Upstairs

Claire Messud should achieve literary giant status before too long. To paraphrase Nora, just watch her.

Smarty Bones

No matter where you start in the series, number thirteen is not to be missed.