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The Dude and the Zen Master

May lead readers to plenty of better introductions to Zen. You dig?


Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America’s Presidents

A compendious, entertaining look at our nation’s leaders through words and turns of phrase.


Tenth of December: Stories

Tenth of December isn't just the author's most unexpected work yet; it's also his best.


Tenth of December: Stories

The stories in Tenth of December mix crude and sophisticated satire of American life with an essentially warm-hearted, optimistic worldview.


Clay

Clay is an assured debut novel, that reads like the work of a much more experienced author. Expect great things of Harrison.


Drinking Water: A History

While Salzman’s book often has the tone of a lecture, it is brimful of these sorts of fascinating if not always useful facts. One of the most pertinent, regarding the fad for bottled water, being that Evian backwards spells “naive”.


The Rook: A Novel

This one surprised me by being more fun than it had right to be. Though in places it was like a rather over-egged dessert, and it’s not a deep read by any means, it was in the end nicely paced, engaging and thoroughly entertaining.


A Grain of Truth

There’s a lot here that you’ll find unfamiliar, but the psychology and complexity of human behavior is universal, and Mi?oszewski uses it to advantage in this intriguing and original story.


Footprints in the Sand

No matter how you slice it, Clark’s Wedding Cake Series will have you asking for another piece, please!


The Emperor's Conspiracy

Recommended for those who love historical fiction and who want a quick and intriguing read.


A Grain of Truth

A Grain of Truth, like every great crime novel, digs up more unsettling questions than it does answers; it also demonstrates the seemingly endless possibilities of the form itself to serve as smart social criticism.


Margaret from Maine: A Novel

Readers will be eager to discuss the development of all of these characters and to debate the paths they choose. Margaret from Maine is a heartfelt novel that will appeal to readers who like their romance tinged with bittersweetness.


Me and the Devil: A Novel

With Me and the Devil, Nick Tosches has pulled out all the stops in this profane, vulgar and enticing novel that reads like a high-speed railroad going off the tracks. You know the crash is coming, but you simply cannot look away.


Me Before You: A Novel

Me Before You has every quality a page-turner should have, in spades.... This is an unusual and emotional love story melded with a satisfying coming-of-age tale that is utterly irresistible.


The Death of Bees

Those who experienced neglect or abuse may find screenwriter Lisa O’Donnell’s brilliant debut novel painful. Or perhaps learn from it how to bury the ghosts that have haunted them.


Ratlines

Neville is a master plotter, and the murky historical trail that forms the book’s subject matter provides him with some very pliable material with which to work.


Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories

Blasphemy is blasphemous only in disrespecting the boundaries that many would place on those who mine otherness. In seeking or claiming a post-racial society, it’s far too easy to silence those whose stories need to be heard.


The Feminist and the Cowboy: An Unlikely Love Story

A memoir for chick-lit fans who can stomach a bit of politics along with their romance.


The Illicit Happiness of Other People: A Novel

Joseph writes with extraordinary wit, cunning and sympathy about both family relationships and ultimate mysteries.