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The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars

So not only does the novel “pretend to little, but abound in much,” it also gives the 21st-century reader a sense of the kind of book that used to be called a “racy French novel.” What a treat to have it back in print.

She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories

Story by story, brick by felt-and-known brick, he builds us a place bright with imagining and loud with Midwesterners talking with all the idioms of home.

The Lawgiver: A Novel

The Lawgiver won’t win the Pulitzer. It won’t even be nominated. But for all its flaws, it’s actually not a bad read. And it will doubtless make an entertaining film. Epic, you might say.

Leonardo and the Last Supper

King tells us everything that any non-specialist would ever want to know about The Last Supper and the events surrounding its creation. The iconography is exhaustively scrutinized, possible models for Jesus and the Twelve are discussed, the specific meanings of the dining hall in theology and monastic lore are explored, and much else.

Sweet Tooth: A Novel

Espionage aspects of Sweet Tooth — concerning the IRA and USSR — are curiously flat. The book's tensions and temptations reside instead in its labyrinthine literary and romantic interplay.

Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of God, No!

An outspoken wordsmith offers more intelligent, humorous and against-the-grain perspectives.

Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die

Just one volume in Nelson’s long story that remains much like its author: funny, inspirational and bawdy, with a well-honed sense of humor.

Dear Life: Stories
Kirkus Reviews : Dear Life (October 15, 2012)

The author knows what matters, and the stories pay attention to it.

Mad Science: Einstein's Fridge, Dewar's Flask, Mach's Speed, and 362 Other Inventions and Discoveries That Made Our World
Kirkus Reviews : Mad Science (November 01, 2012)

Edifying bathroom reading.

Live by Night

With a rich cast of underworld characters, dialogue as sharp as a prison yard shank and a melancholic sense of irony, "Live by Night" proves to be one of the most purely enjoyable novels of this fall.


The human brain, as Sacks demonstrates, is the freakiest show in town. In the end it's the only show we've got.

Flight Behavior

By the end of "Flight Behavior," it's clear that Kingsolver's passionate voice and her ability to portray the fragility of the natural world, and why we should care about it, are as strong as ever.

Panorama City

"Panorama's" spent quality, its ruminative room, recalls some of the best of the mid-century South, New Orleans specifically, "The Moviegoer" and "A Confederacy of Dunces," particularly.

All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia. With Refreshments

Witchel writes beautifully from the heart, but with a journalist’s clarity. She moves from past to present dexterously, and like a good reporter, proves her points with cogent memories. She has remarkable talent for describing each player with revealing anecdotes that speak volumes.

Days of Blood & Starlight

If Daughter was about Karou learning who and what she was, Days portrays the repercussions of choices and how devastating those effects can be. While the book doesn’t quite end on a cliffhanger, I am once again anxiously waiting the next novel.

Rescue My Heart

Still, even with its slightly mundane heroine, Rescue My Heart was an easy read–breezy, funny, and sexy.


Zom-B is a bleak and unrelenting contemporary urban horror story for older kids, touching on issues which some adults might find challenging and disturbing

Unholy Night

Imagine a combination of the Nativity with A Game of Thrones and you can pretty much guess where this one goes. Like in the Life of Brian movie, characters like Herod don’t come out of this book too well either, if that helps.

The Injustice System: A Murder in Miami and a Trial Gone Wrong

A wrongful-conviction saga different from most others because there is no justice at the end.

Death in Breslau

Those unfamiliar with the times and places that serve as the backdrop for Death in Breslau will likely find themselves swept up in the labyrinth of events that this dark and complex work presents, much like the characters themselves.