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Mary Coin

Mary Coin is a well-written, powerfully quiet, and haunting novel.

Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother

Linda writes with pathos and humor about the tenuous relationship that develops as the horrific truth about the girl’s uncle comes to light.

Oleander Girl: A Novel

Although primarily a Bildungsroman, OLEANDER GIRL has something for almost everyone: a threatening car chase, sweet unrequited love, fabulous wealth and glamorous parties, wildcat strikes and picket lines.... There will be a sigh of appreciation and a nod of understanding when the last page is turned.

Night Moves

The book, which goes down as quickly, smoothly and enjoyably as an adult beverage on a hot summer night, demonstrates that neither White nor his creations are out of literary steam.

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards: A Novel

Will Jansma’s novel be most appealing to those who fashion themselves writers or 'book people'? Sure, but this mind-blowing spiral of a book will also appeal to anyone who enjoys their fiction as playful as it is intriguing.

Six Years

[T]he major draws to SIX YEARS are figuring out the how and the why behind the twists, turns and deceptions to which Jake has been subjected, and finding out how everything turns out at the end.

Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles: A Novel

Currie’s mash-up of the faux confessional and the impressively depraved is compelling enough to addict his fictional contemporaries to the form.

I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp

As one of his most famous songs so spasmodically states, “Love comes in spurts.” And in Clean Tramp, so does Hell’s sensitive, sordid, bittersweet story.

Vow: A Memoir of Marriage (and Other Affairs)

Whatever her motivation for writing this book, I admire her for being honest enough not only to confess her own hunger but to attempt to figure out why she wasn’t feeling fed.

Virus Thirteen

Parry's debut is fun but not without issues. It's at times just a bit too over the top to be taken seriously.

Middle C

There is nothing sham to William Gass’s art: It’s not just dazzling, it’s the real thing.

What the Family Needed: A Novel

What the Family Needed is an approachable and remarkably wise drama.

The Burgess Boys: A Novel

There seems no limit to her sympathy, her ability to express, without the acrid tone of irony, our selfish, needy anxieties that only family can aggravate — and quell.

The Accursed

An infuriating, enthralling, camply Gothic tale of a supernatural curse affecting the area around Princeton University between 1900 and 1910.

No Way Back

Be prepared to get lost in the maze that is No Way Back because you will want to keep reading even when you shouldn’t. The only thing wrong with a book like this is that it ends.

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards: A Novel

Jansma has a ways to go before he can master postmodern technique.

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

Sure to be loved by readers who enjoy telling kids to get off their damn lawn, but unlikely to gain traction with a wider audience.

Criminal Enterprise

Fans of crime thrillers shouldn’t miss this one or anything else with Laukkanen’s name on the cover. The writing is so crisp, the pages almost want to turn themselves. He’s a terrific storyteller.

Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave

While the eye-catching title may suggest a hot new shade of lipstick, the contents are solid, down-to-earth insights into why we think, feel and act the way we do.