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The Marseille Caper

Fans of the Levitt books will need no encouragement to jump in The Marseille Caper, and those who are just becoming acquainted with Levitt and Mayle will wonder why they waited until now. The endings may seem predestined, but the joy lies within the scenery along the way.


Return of the Thin Man: Two never-before-published novellas featuring Nick & Nora Charles

Aficionados of Hammett’s writing and mystery students of any level will find much to enjoy and contemplate here.


Jack Reacher's Rules

Jack Reacher doesn’t suggest; he rules. If you want to be like him, or if you just like him, you need a copy of Jack Reacher's Rules. It’s the perfect gift for the man who has everything and wants nothing; read it and see what I mean.


A Woman Like Me

Profane yet graceful, LaVette recounts these events with grit, ease, and prideful passion. Her anecdotes are vivid and unvarnished, and even her occasional dip into politics or petty grudges—on her shit list are old “friends” like Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross—doesn’t obscure the force of her spirit. Or her vigor.


Live by Night

Lehane has become such a master at crime fiction that he can make a character who’s barely around for two or three pages seem like a star part, and he can bring two characters together and instantly establish convincing grounds for a lifelong enmity or sexual obsession.


There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra

Just as "Things Fell Apart" blazed the path for more African writers to write their own stories, hopefully "There Was a Country" will bring about more rigorous, soul-searching calls for historical reckoning, a necessary step toward true African democracy.


Astray

Change is inevitable for the migrant — and for us all. In Astray, Donoghue makes us tremble at the idea and revel in its possibilities.


It's Fine By Me

It’s Fine by Me is exquisitely structured, moving in two directions at once, back to the cause of its hero’s unhappiness and forward to his hope. Petterson’s crystalline prose quietly reveals the tenderness behind Audun’s practiced nonchalance.


Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior will be published on Election Day after a presidential campaign in which climate change was noticeably absent. In this and throughout the book, Kingsolver is deft with a pointed hint.


Hallucinations

I would say that Hallucinations is really the keystone of the amazing edifice that is this remarkable thinker's oeuvre; a body of work that sets out to do nothing more or less than examine the totality of human being from the perspective of neurology.


Dear Life: Stories

These four short autobiographical pieces are beautifully written and give some insight into Munro's formation as a writer.


Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality
Kirkus Reviews : Oddly Normal (September 15, 2012)

An honest, earnest, straightforward account of one boy's coming out.


Hot Rocks
Kirkus Reviews : Hot Rocks (September 15, 2012)

Designed, like the Spenser novels, mostly to show off how tough and smart-mouthed the detective is. On the plus side, you’ll learn a dandy way to extract information from unwilling informants without leaving any marks—and without spending more than a few dollars to purchase an item commonly available from any stationery store.


Deadly Row to Hoe

McRae, whose home-crafting mysteries always offer tips in mastering some new area of domestic expertise, spices her juicy mystery with some intriguing veggie lore.


The Trial of Fallen Angels

Although occasionally overly discursive, Kimmel presents here an intriguing, intricate and metaphysical novel—not your typical fare.


A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change

A competently written but nonessential biography.


The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom

A first-rate example of history told from the bottom up.


The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century
Kirkus Reviews : The Entertainer (September 01, 2012)

A thorough, lovingly researched paean to a father and a way of life.


A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico
Kirkus Reviews : A Wicked War (September 15, 2012)

A well-rendered, muscular history of a war whose ramifications are still being carefully calibrated.


In the House of the Interpreter: A Memoir

An inspiring story of a young man determined to excel and escape.