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All You Could Ask For

Mike Greenberg has written a dynamite debut novel avoiding many of the mistakes that new authors make, especially the common misstep that doubles the number of pages required to tell the story. ALL YOU COULD ASK FOR is a fast read that will make you wish there was more.


Love Water Memory

The irresistible mystery at the heart of the tale and the true-to-life emotions of the two main characters lend an urgency that pulls us onward, making for a very enjoyable read.


Amity & Sorrow: A Novel

Amity & Sorrow is short on answers and long on atmosphere, whereas most allegories have the opposite tendency.


Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me

With its vivid cover and lush illustrations, Shocked is a physically beautiful book, but like Schiaparelli's designs, it commands deeper attention because of the wit and originality that inspire its composition.


Harvard Square: A Novel

This friendship of opposites is entertaining enough, but “Harvard Square” is more interesting in its exploration of what it means to be an outsider.


Harvard Square: A Novel

It’s an old story for Americans, but worth telling again when it’s told this well: Every act of immigration is also an act of betrayal.


If You Find Me

If You Find Me is a powerful read that I have absolutely no qualms recommending. It is (at times) rather emotionally draining, but the unparalleled beauty and feeling in its pages make it wholeheartedly worth it.


What Would Grace Do?: How to Live Life in Style Like the Princess of Hollywood

Readers eager to learn more about Grace Kelly would be better served by reading Donald Spoto's High Society (2009) or Wendy Leigh's True Grace (2007), both of which are quoted at length here. Readers who wish to be more like Kelly would be better off watching her films.


Murder on Olympus

In his debut novel, Warren's prose is appropriately cheeky. But his many clever conventions and inventions consistently overshadow the awkwardly structured plot. Here's hoping he can improve on his puzzles while Plato and his quirkily mashed-up world continue to delight us.


Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works...and Sometimes Doesn't

A no-holds-barred indictment of the system, filled with memorable anecdotes and accessibly written.


Odds Against Tomorrow

Mr. Rich paints a convincing and dreadful portrait of a city about to be destroyed, a city so insensate and self-involved that it fails to recognize when it’s staring doom in the face.


House of Earth

His genius was song, and House of Earth is a bit of an oddity, though certainly a readable one.


Stay Close to Me

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good family drama. I was hooked from the start and really felt I knew each character by the end.


Six Years

It’s easy to quibble with the novel’s romantic elements. Mr. Coben didn’t set out to write a romance; he set out to write a damn good thriller. But it is a romance.


Born Wicked

The book was well written and I think over all worth reading but I hope the second novel includes a bit more action as this one seemed to just set the scene.


House of Secrets

House of Secrets is a bloated example of style over substance, with a contrived plot, unrealistic characters and very little in the way of redeeming qualities.


Tarnished Knight

Tarnished Knight proves that Campbell can continue to produce entertaining, thought-provoking far future, space-based science fiction


Promise of Blood

I would recommend Promise of Blood to fans of Brandon Sanderson and Brent Weeks. There is plenty of action and the plot is fast moving. Plus this is a debut, McClellan could really knock the sequel out of the park.