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Rage Against the Dying

“Rage Against the Dying” has a layer of visceral detail that perhaps comes from Ms. Masterman’s knowledge of those forensic textbooks.


Benediction

Haruf evokes a deep sense of comfort and support, even as the rhythms of life wind down, as if there is something undefined but beautiful about the way we are ushered out of this world.


Scarlet

This book has a lot going for it. I enjoyed Scarlet’s feistiness and the wounded hero potential of Wolf.


Scarlet

I still can’t get enough of this series and even though a few secondary plot strings from Cinder were placed on hold for this volume, this was an incredibly satisfying and entertaining addition to the series.


Extinction

Mark Alpert, an editor and contributor to Scientific American, has crafted a taut, extremely readable thriller that utilizes hard science as a major building block but never sacrifices good, solid storytelling by dogging it down with too much detail.


Gun Machine

What is...impressive about Gun Machine...is the subtle genius with which Ellis pokes and prods things, looking at cutting-edge technology not so much from its front end but from the back, treating what is left in its wake to an unblinking and frightening evaluation.


With or Without You: A Memoir

From the moment she realizes how fast she’s fallen and how far she must climb to start living again, Ruta's perspective about her past --- and her writing --- slides into focus. There’s a fierceness and purpose in these chapters that’s inspiring to read...


Airtight

David Rosenfelt’s Airtight is a lightning-fast read with a killer ending that I really didn’t see coming. The final paragraph left me with goosebumps…and a huge smile.


How Literature Saved My Life

How Literature Saved My Life doesn’t promise to save your life, or mine. But here and there, David Shields offers enough tantalizing glimpses of potential salvation-through-words to make the experiences of his unique psyche worthwhile.


The Fun Parts

The best stories in the book are those in which Lipsyte deviates the furthest from this formula. But he more than makes up for his narrow focus with his gift for one-liners and his thoughtful, energetic prose.


The Still Point of the Turning World: A Mother's Story

The Still Point of the Turning World is a staggering, unforgettable memoir about a family that learns, in the face of death, to hold nothing back, whose experiences offer others a profound learning opportunity.


Mary Coin

Mary Coin is as expertly cropped and framed as a fine photographic print.


The Accursed

With its vast scope, its mingling of comic and tragic tones, its omnivorous gorging on American literature, and especially its complex reflection on the major themes of our history, “The Accursed” is the kind of outrageous masterpiece only Joyce Carol Oates could create.


The Burn Zone

This is a science fiction novel all readers of the genre should read and one that has the strengths to bridge the gap to non-SF readers.


Jacob's Folly

That adjective, "luscious," is the one word I'd use to characterize Jacob's Folly: Miller's writing style is sensuous, and her individual stories expand, opulently, in scope and emotional impact.


Mary Coin
Kirkus Reviews : Mary Coin (March 07, 2013)

Walker’s tacked-on connection to the photograph seems a calculated attempt to add sexual intrigue to what is otherwise a disappointingly plodding account that sheds no new light on either the photographer or her subject.


Crap Kingdom

Adults might wonder what Pierson’s smoking; teens will just enjoy the ride.


Telling the Bees

An intermittently arcane but undeniably original debut.


Comandante: Hugo Chavez's Venezuela

“Utopia is realizable,” insists Chávez. It may not have arrived yet in Venezuela, but it’s interesting to watch from afar. Carroll provides a useful primer on a little-known regime.