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A Partial History of Lost Causes: A Novel

DuBois tells a tight story with boldface themes. Drama is constant. Conversations get right to the point. Everything means something.

Innocence: A Novel

Dean Koontz has proven himself to be a master of character development.

The Housemaid's Daughter

In creating a white Lady Bountiful and a wise but unworldly black servant, South African Mutch has more in common with The Help’s Kathryn Stockett than Doris Lessing or Nadine Gordimer.

Heirs of the Body

Perhaps not the strongest of Daisy’s period mysteries (Gone West, 2012, etc.), but another charming valentine for fans of classic British mysteries.

Kirkus Reviews : Kaleidocide (December 10, 2013)

A less than riveting sequel.

Once Upon a Lie
Kirkus Reviews : Once Upon a Lie (December 10, 2013)

Grace and humor mark this tale of a woman trying to protect her family without losing herself.

Newtown: An American Tragedy

Lysiak hopes to “inform the debate” generated by the tragedy; it’s been a year, and this harrowing book might be a reminder that the debate needs reviving.

Innocent Blood
Kirkus Reviews : Innocent Blood (December 10, 2013)

By the time the tale gets around to hieroglyphic depictions of Jesus, things have become more Indiana Jones than Robert Langdon. It’s junk food, but it’s pretty tasty.

A Permanent Member of the Family

In the more powerful tales, Mr. Banks uses his sturdy gifts as a writer — his plain-spoken language, his sympathy for the downtrodden and depressed, his eye for detail (those unstrapped shoes, flipped off Ellen’s feet) — to give us visceral portraits of people trying to make sense of the past and the present.

White Girls

This is an extraordinary collection of essays—a lyrical hybrid of fiction, criticism and creative nonfiction, all dealing with issues of race, gender, identity, and privilege.

The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince

With rare access to the royal archives, Ridley has created a detail-rich book that will leave the American reader crying for more.

The Luminaries

Catton is clearly a gifted storyteller with a strong interest in experimental narrative structures. I will undoubtedly pick up her next book.

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

In “Kansas City Lightning,” Crouch has given us a bone-deep understanding of Parker’s music and the world that produced it. In his pages, Bird still lives.

The Gods of Guilt

Mr. Connelly may not be a perfect wordsmith, but he brings down the hammer of justice with unequivocal power.

A Permanent Member of the Family

Compared with the spacious, carefully plotted novels - beautiful books about terrible things - the stories occasionally feel gruff and abrupt, willfully harsh and unlovely, like old arguments that erupt between men and women who sleep together over time.

White Girls

Throughout "White Girls," the line between incendiary and irksome can be fine as a razor.

Stella Bain

The true power of "Stella Bain" lies not in what is said, but in what is left unsaid.

Brown Dog: Novellas

"Brown Dog" is rich in character and incident, rude humor and melancholy. It is both heartfelt and ruefully real.

Death of the Black-Haired Girl

A trenchant, engaging read from a literary giant who, at 76, is once again operating near the top of his considerable skills.

Brown Dog: Novellas

Harrison is masterful at evoking the depth of even the least reflective existence, the love and longing, the failings of the body, the yearnings that will never be resolved.