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And When She Was Good

Lippman has given us the elements of a great crime novel: a gritty story, vivid characters and a fast-moving, twisting plot.


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

I thought this book provided some amazing insight on how good habits or bad habits can be created, refined, and extended.


A Working Theory of Love: A Novel

"A Working Theory of Love," Scott Hutchins' inventive, intelligent and sometimes hilarious first novel, features a chatbot poised to beat the test.


My Brilliant Friend

Ferrante, beautifully translated by Ann Goldstein, rises above "the confusion of the oral" and writes with a ferocious, intimate urgency that is a celebration of anger.


May We Be Forgiven: A Novel

"May We Be Forgiven" captivates, then exasperates.


How Music Works

Byrne shows not just how music works, but how music publishing should work too.


In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel

To read In the Shadow of the Banyan is to be left with a profound sense of being witness to a tragedy of history.


The Cutting Season

Although The Cutting Season succeeds as a thriller, above all it is a well-crafted warning about the damage wrought – generational, social, romantic – when the past is distorted or denied.


How Music Works

How Music Works is an entertaining and erudite book, from a figure who has spent his career proving that those two adjectives can happily coexist.


The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy is also an elegy for Rowling’s ordinary life.


Fobbit

In “Fobbit,” he has written a very funny book, as funny, disturbing, heartbreaking and ridiculous as war itself.


Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History

“Every generation,” Witt writes, “has its law-of-war crisis.” This monumental book, resting on colossal archival research and packed with memorable stories and arguments, is a major contribution to making sense of ours.


Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent

The history Dionne tells can provide inspiration and guidance, but Americans will have to find new ways of thinking and acting if they are to restore the political balance that once enabled American greatness.


Total Recall (Enhanced Edition): My Unbelievably True Life Story

What “Total Recall” actually turns out to be is a puffy portrait of the author as master conniver. Nothing in his upward progress seems to have happened in an innocent way.


San Miguel

San Miguel is a bit of a departure for Boyle, lacking his audacious satire but no less compelling.


Wait: The Art and Science of Delay

Wait serves as excellent reminder that, when humanly possible, we’re better off if we don’t hurry.


Breed: A Novel

The best American horror novel since Scott Smith’s The Ruins, Breed is redolent of Roald Dahl at his creepy best.


May We Be Forgiven: A Novel

"May We Be Forgiven" has me wondering where I stand. Frustrated by the sugary end grafted onto the raucously sour beginning, I want this novel to be just a little more perfect.