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The Last Summer of the Camperdowns: A Novel

More fine work from a writer with a rare gift for blending wit and rue.


Hitchhiking with Larry David: An Accidental Tourist's Summer of Self-Discovery in Martha's Vineyard

Pleasant enough beach reading for romantics and believers in fate but probably not for fans of Larry David.


You Are One of Them

This debut novel only looks deeply at one character, Sarah, and she is not enough to sustain interest.


Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home

An informative but occasionally too-dry behind-the-scenes look into the funeral industry and its reflection on contemporary society in inner-city Baltimore.


The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession

A cheerily old-fashioned entertainment.


River of Stars

He’s made a career out of subverting the expectations of high fantasy, and River Of Stars’ anti-war sentiment may be the most powerful subversion he’s ever done. The novel as a whole may not always succeed, but when it does, it’s astounding.


Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic

Mary And Lou And Rhoda And Ted occasionally leaves the reader wanting more information, but in most cases, it proves an engaging, highly entertaining read of a show that set out to simply be very good and ended up rewriting TV history.


Sight Reading

The characters about which Kalotay writes are deeply flawed, but also talented and fascinating to read about. Whether or not readers have a background in and knowledge of classical music, they'll enjoy spending a brief time in this near-fanatical world --- and they'll be equally glad to leave it to return to their more normal and healthy everyday lives.


Good Kings Bad Kings: A Novel

Susan Nussbaum has provided a much needed look into the often neglected area of caregiving for disabled adolescents. Having worked in residential treatment facilities myself, I can attest to her observations and to the fact that more care needs to provided...


King of Weeds

COMPLEX 90 is a historical hard-boiled novel, but Collins ably infuses a contemporary sensibility into his seamless posthumous collaboration with the immortal Spillane.


The Barbed Crown

...a darned good recounting of a famous event tied to an entertaining and well-researched historical novel...


The Other Typist

The Other Typist is an intriguing model of storytelling and a fascinating portrayal of the lies we tell ourselves and others.


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Every human family member’s choices are influenced by the time with Fern, and while this compelling novel provides closure about the characters, the uncomfortable realities of the costs of experimenting on animals will remain with readers for some time to come.


Looking for Me

If you want a charming look at Charleston, a do-it-yourself book on the intricacies and value of furniture restoration, or some evocative reminiscence about good Kentucky home cooking, then Looking for Me is the book for you.


The Broken Places

There are enough characters and intriguing situations here to fill three books, but the primary reason to read it is Atkins’s prose.... No matter what literary genre you might favor, The Broken Places is a book you should read and will not forget.


A Conspiracy of Faith

A Conspiracy of Faith is great reading, exhausting in all of the best ways, double-barrel loaded with a puzzling mystery on one side and an edge-of-your-seat, ticking-clock threat on the other...


Deeply Odd

Koontz does a fine job of providing back story so I could figure out exactly who his protagonist is. In fact, I was so impressed with Deeply Odd that I may have to go back and read all the previous volumes in the series.


A Conspiracy of Faith

The heroes and villains of “A Conspiracy of Faith” are compelling, and it’s impossible to put down the book even though, at times, it’s difficult to read because of the sheer terror of the scene the author is describing.


The Bling Ring

An almost unbelievable story of young Hollywood that left me stunned and speechless.


The First Rule of Swimming: A Novel

The First Rule of Swimming is overall a fascinating, lyrical and engrossing read.