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The Cartel: A novel
Bookreporter : The Cartel (June 26, 2015)

It is full of nasty vignettes that will make you wish you could pour bleach into your eyes to purge your memory of what you have read, even as you turn the pages for the next ones.


Killing Monica

This could be a transitional novel for Bushnell. Maybe in order to write a book that departs from sex and shopping in Manhattan, she had to test the waters with a self-referential tale of double lives and tarnished values.


The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel

The Little Paris Bookshop is the kind of book that readers might not know they needed or wanted until they picked it up --- meaning that George herself is doing exactly the same kind of work as Jean Perdu on his floating literary apothecary.


The Truth and Other Lies: A Novel

The Truth and Other Lies is a good dose of dark, dangerous and deceitful fun, slyly and wonderfully told, that you will not soon forget.


Truth or Die
Bookreporter : Truth or Die (June 26, 2015)

There is never a dull moment in Truth or Die. Patterson and Roughan are at the top of their respective games once again, with one being able to see a movie unfold as the pages go by with rapidity.


In the Country: Stories

Alvar finds beauty in the unlikeliest of places, and that's what makes In the Country such an inspired, remarkable book.


The Philosopher Kings

Where The Just City invited argument, dialogue, thought experiment, The Philosopher Kings sets out explanations, explorations, certainties and resolutions in ways that can't help but feel insufficient and unsatisfying.


The Star Side of Bird Hill: A Novel

Jackson's book is excellent for a debut novel, though it's not entirely without its flaws.


Shadow Study

It wasn't bad. It just didn't come across as Snyder's best work.


Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

The first two-thirds of “Blackout,” however, are simply extraordinary. Ms. Hepola’s electric prose marks her as a flamingo among this genre’s geese.


Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot

At its best, “Skyfaring” has the broad reach of a book like Lewis Thomas’s “The Lives of a Cell” as it draws its serpentine connections.


My Generation: Collected Nonfiction

in “My Generation,” we learn much about a watershed period in American literature, its strengths and limitations.


Seveneves

It is engaging enough on a visceral level, but it is crack not just for sci-fi fans, but for futurists, scientists, geneticists, engineers, and those concerned with how humanity will survive the challenges that lie ahead.


China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel

Whatever clichés Mr. Kwan may be playing on, they’re not the ones about the mysterious East.


The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins

For a country that gave the world ­Socrates and Aristotle, it has been a depressingly steep descent.


The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789

Mr. Ellis does not try to impose contemporary values on members of the founding generation, but rather assesses their actions within the context of their day and the political realities they faced.


Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County is no longer the backwater it was in 1959, but there is still little support for the public schools, little will to undo decades of unequal education. Separate and unequal has a new face in Prince Edward County today, with liberty and sovereignty for some.