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Detroit: An American Autopsy

“Detroit” is not an autopsy; it’s a wake — drunk, teary, self-dramatizing, sincerely sorry, bighearted and just a bit full of it.


City of Angels

“City of Angels” can be elusive. It reads less like a novel than a pastiche of memory fragments, observations, dreams and visions.


Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame

It’s the mark of a valuable, provocative book that it can make us laugh, think and argue about the starry contradictions that are so profound a part of our lives, whether we like to acknowledge their importance or not.


Wise Men: A Novel

It becomes a bigger, more surprising book than it initially seems to be.


The Golden Shore

The book served as a reminder that a true love affair cannot be one-sided. What I experienced that day at the beach was only half of the equation. We've got to do our part; we owe it to the sea.


Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing

But perhaps the most important aspect of "Top Dog" is the way it defuses stereotypes about women and competition.


Wise Men: A Novel

A fiction about affluent East Coast men behaving badly through the second half of the 20th century will doubtless draw comparisons to John Cheever. Although Nadler's ambitions clearly lie in this direction - the nuanced and romanticized depiction of characters flawed in distinctly American ways - this rushed, early effort crashes and burns.


Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them

Swoon presents a dazzling parade of lovers who embody what women want, which isn’t always what we’re told or what one might expect.


Schroder: A Novel

This is a high-wire act of a novel: Gaige's central character may be an unhinged kidnapper, an impersonator, and in all likelihood mentally ill, but she somehow renders him relatable, his actions understandable (if not forgivable).


The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America

Freeberg's thoughtful and thought-provoking book quietly suggests that, to properly distribute and control such a powerful force, commercial initiative and a sense of civic responsibility were equally essential.


Harvest: A Novel

This is a novel with plenty of incident but little drama, creating its considerable power, instead, through Walter's mesmerising narrative.


The Dinner

Despite the slow start, The Dinner is a cleverly written book about fascinatingly awful people. In some ways it’s similar to Ruth Rendell’s psychological suspense novels, but publicity aimed at thriller lovers may be misleading.


The Daylight War

All told Daylight War is excellent epic fantasy–one of the most compelling in recent memory.


What Darkness Brings

If you’re already a fan of this series, you won’t be disappointed by the new questions and new revelations that arise in this installment.


Bad Blood

Against the backdrop of the fiercely beautiful wilds of Alaska, within a rich geological and cultural context, Dana Stabenow masterfully weaves a tale of love and rivalry, hatred and murder.


How to Lead a Life of Crime

A fantastic idea that intrigued me however the book didn’t hold up to the impressive happenings as promised in the blurb. How to Lead A Life Of Crime is a book that will finds its fans and detractors, sadly I find myself leaning towards the latter camp and couldn’t really enjoy the story as it was written.


Cinder

I do not normally tend toward stories featuring androids and aliens, and still Cinder was a compelling read.


Gods of Mischief: My Undercover Vendetta to Take Down the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang

This is a great story of redemption and personal triumph and I highly recommend it.


A Future Arrived

As with the first two, Rock's style is gripping and his pacing is phenomenal.


The Office of Mercy: A Novel

This intriguing slice of future drama ends much too soon and will leave readers begging for a sequel, if not a series.