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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.


Icons

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.


Americanah

Soap-operatic in spots, but a fine adult love story with locations both exotic and familiar.


She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me

Her real bequest to Brockes was the psychological freedom to be able to confront the past without inhibition, and to take straight aim at it. The gun is this book.


All That Is

Although Salter has never had the fame of, say, Updike or Cheever, he is their equal, at least.


Bring Up the Bodies

It’s the best historical fiction I’ve read for a long time — perhaps ever.


We Need New Names: A Novel

A deeply felt and fiercely written debut novel.


Glamour in Glass

I think fans of Jane Austen and fans of Regency romance will like Glamour, and so will fans of subtle, well-thought out, elegant fantasy.


A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher

Take, Burn or Destroy

Another vivid adventure with a tumultuous historical backdrop—not to be missed by fans of pirates and naval strategy or by history buffs.


Firecracker

Being called a firecracker is a derogatory term as far as Astrid is concerned, but for readers, it simply means entertaining.