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The Unspeakable

When Ms. Daum is locked in like this, balancing self-analysis with observation of the outside world, she’s among the best personal essayists of a searching, cynical generation that’s lucky to have her.


The Miniaturist

Readers of this intricate and imaginative novel will very likely discover their own reflections in its mirrors, too.


How to be both: A novel

“How to Be Both” indeed works both ways, demonstrating not only the power of art itself but also the mastery of Smith’s prose.


The Unspeakable

Daum — a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the author of three previous books, including 2001’s “My Misspent Youth” — is gifted at mining her personal experiences in candid, provocative essays.


Moriarty

Moriarty is a sound mystery novel, with traps, disguises and a good if not exactly unprecedented twist, but whether it scratches the Holmesian itch is another matter.


Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming is an excellent book on its own and as an exceedingly moving memoir.


The Convert's Song: A Novel

Rotella serves up international intrigue with a delectable twist.


They Eat Horses, Don't They?

Entertaining mini-essays that debunk common idealized conceptions of the French.


The Boston Girl: A Novel

Enjoyable fiction with a detailed historical backdrop, this sweet tale is paradigmatic book club fare, but we expect something more substantial from the author of The Red Tent (1997) and The Last Days of Dogtown (2005).


Asylum City
Kirkus Reviews : Asylum City (December 09, 2014)

A treat for mystery fans who enjoy variety in their whodunit settings—or who simply savor a good yarn.


Butterflies in November

Thoughtful and fun, if somewhat baffling; a novel of surprising tension and tenderness.


The Cruiser
Kirkus Reviews : The Cruiser (December 09, 2014)

Poyer is a master of the modern sea adventure, pitting both men and women against unseen enemies and turbulent waves.


Becoming Richard Pryor

Better written and more thoughtful than David and Joe Henry’s Furious Cool (2013). The latter remains worth reading, but this book is the place to start.


Perfect Sins
Kirkus Reviews : Perfect Sins (December 09, 2014)

The briefer framing case is touching but otherwise unsatisfying. But the main course of old bones is a humdinger.


You Know Who Killed Me

Modest, tidy and fast-moving: a pleasing lesser entry in Walker’s dossier.


Moriarty
Kirkus Reviews : Moriarty (December 09, 2014)

Readers who aren’t put off by the Hollywood pacing, with action set pieces less like Conan Doyle than the Robert Downey Jr. movies, are in for a rare treat, a mystery as original as it is enthralling.


Chase Your Shadow

The fascinating story of a once-invincible man “who has made the best of the cards that life has dealt him but…revealed himself to possess to an equally extreme degree the insecurities that all are prey to.”


The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club is suitable for older teens and will appeal to adults as well. If you like fairy tale retellings, don’t miss it.


City of Stairs

City of Stairs is a fantastic cross-genre read, one I'd definitely recommend to anyone in the mood for a cerebral plot and fabulously rich world building.


New York 1, Tel Aviv 0

The effect is rather like that of listening to a collection of B-sides, alternate versions and unreleased takes by an artist you don’t know.