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The Flamethrowers: A Novel

Rachel Kushner’s second novel, “The Flamethrowers,” unfolds on a bigger, brighter screen than nearly any recent American novel I can remember. It plays out as if on Imax, or simply higher-grade film stock.

Promise of Blood

An intriguing if imperfect debut novel.

The Boy: A Novel

Funny, sensual, sad, ironical, cynical on occasion and an extraordinary reading experience.

The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream

A valuable contribution to the history of Chicago, worthy of a place alongside William Cronon’s Nature’s Metropolis (1991).

The Movement of Stars

Probing yet accessible, beautifully written and richly characterized: fine work from a writer to watch.

Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption: Inspiring Stories of Families CreatedAcross Continents

Short, sweet, eye-opening thoughts on adoption and mixed-race parenthood.

The Shape of the Eye: A Memoir

A poignantly eloquent meditation on the genetics of belonging.

Virgin Soul: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : Virgin Soul (April 18, 2013)

The novel skates along the surface of ’60s political upheaval and the Black Power movement, making those times seem like a phase that the protagonist (and its author?) were passing through.

The Famous and the Dead

Part cops-versus–drugs-and-guns procedural, part elemental morality play, part fire-and-brimstone mythmaking, all of it inimitably Parker.

The Honey Thief

Mazari and Hillman’s collaboration reveals the rich culture of a region largely unknown in the West.

Sinners and the Sea: The Untold Story of Noah's Wife

The best word to describe it is haunting. A fascinating look into an feral civilization of turmoil and hardship.

Life After Life: A Novel

The reward is a peek at another world that we may never know, but that will always haunt us. What would have happened, what could have happened, what might still happen.

There Was an Old Woman

Ephron interweaves imagined and real New York City history in this tale and, though the pattern is sometimes contrived, the overall effect is quaintly suspenseful.

Promise of Blood

Promise of Blood is an extremely engaging novel. The addictive narrative pace, inventive world-building, and gestalt of this novel are impressive.


Wolfson’s writing was interesting, but a little redundant. She has an amazing knack for describing details and wrapping you into these moments of supernatural power.

The Upcycle
Kirkus Reviews : The Upcycle (April 16, 2013)

Mostly stimulating and inventive.

The Age of the Image

Apkon goes to great lengths to assay the obvious. Only in passing does he grant that the image does not exist in isolation, that word and image are inextricable. After all, he required this ancient technology—a book—to communicate his ideas.

Hitler's Charisma: Leading Millions into the Abyss

So how did Hitler convince his generals to invade Russia and his subjects to ignore the genocide around them? This readable, fascinating book, a worthy addition to the vast literature surrounding Hitler, has plausible answers.

A Man Without Breath

Kerr masterfully explores morality's shadowy gray edge.

Whiskey Beach

A sweet, sexy romance with an intriguing historical family mystery that bleeds into a modern-day crime spree, casting suspicion on an innocent man.