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The Interestings: A Novel

She's every bit as literary as Franzen or Eugenides. But the very human moments in her work hit you harder than the big ideas. This isn't women's fiction. It's everyone's.


The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel

Things happen and while the main storyline goes where we kind of see pretty early it will go, the book is a real delight to read.


Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell writes a love story for the misfits, a story about the imperfect guys and gals, the kind who loved Star Trek and The Smiths, the type who weren’t blonde, thin, and perky but who loved just as hard and fast.


The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences

A generally persuasive, impassioned book-length essay. While his conclusions (and language) sometimes grow repetitive, they nonetheless serve to underscore at every turn an incisive argument buttressed by millennia of evidence.


How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel

In this energetic, thoroughly engaging novel, Mohsin Hamid has created a memorable portrait of life in the 'change-scented urban archipelago spanning not just rising Asia but the entire planet.' In that sense, the 'you' of the novel serves as an exemplar of the rewards and perils of upward mobility in every country and in every age.


Candlemoth: A Thriller

This masterfully written 'time capsule' examines through 'Hindsight, our cruelest and most astute adviser' political and social issues that, for good or bad, define American culture today. It made me question all I learned growing up in the South in the ’50s and ’60s.


All You Could Ask For

Mike Greenberg has written a dynamite debut novel avoiding many of the mistakes that new authors make, especially the common misstep that doubles the number of pages required to tell the story. ALL YOU COULD ASK FOR is a fast read that will make you wish there was more.


Love Water Memory

The irresistible mystery at the heart of the tale and the true-to-life emotions of the two main characters lend an urgency that pulls us onward, making for a very enjoyable read.


Amity & Sorrow: A Novel

Amity & Sorrow is short on answers and long on atmosphere, whereas most allegories have the opposite tendency.


Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me

With its vivid cover and lush illustrations, Shocked is a physically beautiful book, but like Schiaparelli's designs, it commands deeper attention because of the wit and originality that inspire its composition.


Harvard Square: A Novel

This friendship of opposites is entertaining enough, but “Harvard Square” is more interesting in its exploration of what it means to be an outsider.


Harvard Square: A Novel

It’s an old story for Americans, but worth telling again when it’s told this well: Every act of immigration is also an act of betrayal.


If You Find Me

If You Find Me is a powerful read that I have absolutely no qualms recommending. It is (at times) rather emotionally draining, but the unparalleled beauty and feeling in its pages make it wholeheartedly worth it.


What Would Grace Do?: How to Live Life in Style Like the Princess of Hollywood

Readers eager to learn more about Grace Kelly would be better served by reading Donald Spoto's High Society (2009) or Wendy Leigh's True Grace (2007), both of which are quoted at length here. Readers who wish to be more like Kelly would be better off watching her films.


Murder on Olympus

In his debut novel, Warren's prose is appropriately cheeky. But his many clever conventions and inventions consistently overshadow the awkwardly structured plot. Here's hoping he can improve on his puzzles while Plato and his quirkily mashed-up world continue to delight us.


Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works...and Sometimes Doesn't

A no-holds-barred indictment of the system, filled with memorable anecdotes and accessibly written.


Odds Against Tomorrow

Mr. Rich paints a convincing and dreadful portrait of a city about to be destroyed, a city so insensate and self-involved that it fails to recognize when it’s staring doom in the face.


House of Earth

His genius was song, and House of Earth is a bit of an oddity, though certainly a readable one.


Stay Close to Me

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good family drama. I was hooked from the start and really felt I knew each character by the end.