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Blue White Red: A Novel

A novel of few surprises, it must be seen for what it is: the uneven debut novel of a significant author with a growing reputation.


Crash and Burn

Dealing with the expectations of heroism, living with ADD, broken families and just getting by during adolescence, this story is not only timely but a necessary read.


The Different Girl

This book makes readers responsible for extracting not only plot details but thematic resonance, and this is the reason that, when the final page is turned, the reader’s mind continues to reel.


The Burn Palace

Dobyns’ book is entirely readable, but it has the feel of a mechanical exercise, a literary writer skillfully trying to concoct a commercial hit from a proven formula.


Mary Coin

In "Mary Coin," Silver takes a picture and spawns the proverbial thousand words many times over. The result is a stirring human portrait of two women and the times they lived in.


The Heart Broke In

The Storyteller

There are too many coincidences, too many unnecessary twists and too many quirky characters that distract more than anything else.


Rage Against the Dying

“Rage Against the Dying” has a layer of visceral detail that perhaps comes from Ms. Masterman’s knowledge of those forensic textbooks.


Benediction

Haruf evokes a deep sense of comfort and support, even as the rhythms of life wind down, as if there is something undefined but beautiful about the way we are ushered out of this world.


Scarlet

This book has a lot going for it. I enjoyed Scarlet’s feistiness and the wounded hero potential of Wolf.


Scarlet

I still can’t get enough of this series and even though a few secondary plot strings from Cinder were placed on hold for this volume, this was an incredibly satisfying and entertaining addition to the series.


Extinction

Mark Alpert, an editor and contributor to Scientific American, has crafted a taut, extremely readable thriller that utilizes hard science as a major building block but never sacrifices good, solid storytelling by dogging it down with too much detail.


Gun Machine

What is...impressive about Gun Machine...is the subtle genius with which Ellis pokes and prods things, looking at cutting-edge technology not so much from its front end but from the back, treating what is left in its wake to an unblinking and frightening evaluation.


With or Without You: A Memoir

From the moment she realizes how fast she’s fallen and how far she must climb to start living again, Ruta's perspective about her past --- and her writing --- slides into focus. There’s a fierceness and purpose in these chapters that’s inspiring to read...


Airtight

David Rosenfelt’s Airtight is a lightning-fast read with a killer ending that I really didn’t see coming. The final paragraph left me with goosebumps…and a huge smile.


How Literature Saved My Life

How Literature Saved My Life doesn’t promise to save your life, or mine. But here and there, David Shields offers enough tantalizing glimpses of potential salvation-through-words to make the experiences of his unique psyche worthwhile.


The Fun Parts

The best stories in the book are those in which Lipsyte deviates the furthest from this formula. But he more than makes up for his narrow focus with his gift for one-liners and his thoughtful, energetic prose.


The Still Point of the Turning World: A Mother's Story

The Still Point of the Turning World is a staggering, unforgettable memoir about a family that learns, in the face of death, to hold nothing back, whose experiences offer others a profound learning opportunity.


Mary Coin

Mary Coin is as expertly cropped and framed as a fine photographic print.