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The Sunshine When She's Gone

Goodman’s story deepens enough to enjoyably illuminate the couple’s incompetence as well purposefully poke fun at marriage and parenting issues. In somewhat of a saving grace, John at least learns what all parents must — that clinging to the past is fruitless.


Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

In the end, his message is about personal responsibility. We’re the ones who decide what we put in our shopping carts — and in our mouths.


Comandante: Hugo Chavez's Venezuela

To compare Chávez to allies such as Castro, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran or Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus is absurd, and Carroll does not fall into this trap. Rather, Carroll reveals a creaking authoritarian edifice that may or may not outlive its maker.


Middle C

An academic satire is a peculiar choice for a swan song, but a thoroughly entertaining one that will be remembered long after the music stops playing.


Vera Gran-The Accused

“I have the feeling of being caught, just like Vera, in this web of contradictory testimony,” she concludes. Any reader of this harrowing book is likely to feel exactly the same way.


Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier

I imagine those baptized-in-the-waters-of-the-Red-River Crockettologists may have some quibbles with this tale. But I leave that to readers who are always sure they are right. Plenty of them in Texas. I stopped worrying about what was true on Page 13, and it made for a more pleasant read, too.


The New Mind of the South

It’s as much a definable region now as it ever was, but it’s much less a state of mind.


The Book of My Lives

The sense of adventure and quiet humour that makes Hemon’s fiction stand out among his contemporaries is on display here, along with prose that is crisp and clear while still retaining his distinctive voice.


Here and Now: Letters (2008-2011)

Here and Now possesses both a pleasing looseness and a certain formality. Auster and Coetzee allow themselves to follow tangents while always being careful to address each other’s propositions and present considered counterarguments with an almost flamboyant cordiality.


Prophet of Bones

The result is some truly unique – and uniquely awesome—classification-defying, boundary-pushing fiction, and I, for one, couldn’t be more thrilled.


Room No. 10

While Room No. 10 brings U.S. readers into the series at a somewhat advanced point, Edwardson does a fine job of filling in whatever backstory may be necessary to keep newcomers from floundering.


The Leviathan Effect

With The Leviathan Effect, [Lilliefors] has kicked it up several notches and created one of the best thrillers in years. Michael Crichton would be proud of how deftly he mixes science with suspense.


Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier

Born on a Mountaintop by Bob Thompson is a book that you will enjoy as both a fine biography and a wonderful essay capturing American life in the 1950s.


A Thousand Pardons: A Novel

"An encouraging book, full of heart and frustration, A Thousand Pardons should have a place on every bookshelf.


The Suitors

The Suitors is an eccentric, humorous novel that many readers should enjoy. I loved reading about all the social edicts and rigid etiquette of the French elite.


Mary Coin

Mary Coin is a well-written, powerfully quiet, and haunting novel.


Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother

Linda writes with pathos and humor about the tenuous relationship that develops as the horrific truth about the girl’s uncle comes to light.


Oleander Girl: A Novel

Although primarily a Bildungsroman, OLEANDER GIRL has something for almost everyone: a threatening car chase, sweet unrequited love, fabulous wealth and glamorous parties, wildcat strikes and picket lines.... There will be a sigh of appreciation and a nod of understanding when the last page is turned.


Night Moves

The book, which goes down as quickly, smoothly and enjoyably as an adult beverage on a hot summer night, demonstrates that neither White nor his creations are out of literary steam.


The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards: A Novel

Will Jansma’s novel be most appealing to those who fashion themselves writers or 'book people'? Sure, but this mind-blowing spiral of a book will also appeal to anyone who enjoys their fiction as playful as it is intriguing.