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Mating for Life: A Novel

While suspense is likely out of the equation, readers looking for some light escapism in the vein of Love Actually, with other rom-coms sprinkled liberally in the mix, will find that time with this novel passes at an easeful clip.


Prototype

Prototype more than lives up to the high expectations fans of the first novel will have.


Shine

I personally enjoyed the overall novel and would possibly consider reading more of this writers work to see what other interesting and enjoyable stories of this calibre have been created.


Full Fathom Five

Readers curious about Gladstone’s work and universe should not start with Full Fathom Five to really get the full experience of what the author does here.


Last Stories and Other Stories

Vollmann is a tricky, playful writer, and he might be pulling the reader's leg. Or maybe he knows, on some level, that the pseudo-poetic, overwrought prose of Last Stories is beneath him and his talents, and the title is a way of letting us know that he's ready to get back to work.


In the Interests of Safety: The Absurd Rules That Blight Our Lives and How We Can Change Them

Despite the admirable intention of the authors to help us all rise against such nonsense, you can’t help feeling that when it comes to perceived threat, and the industry that it generates, individuals and societies will never behave rationally.


The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

This book does touch, glancingly, on deeper matters.


The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

Mills' congenial book is an intimate portrait that does nothing to invade the privacy of Harper Lee.


War of the Whales: A True Story

Horwitz's account seems breathless at times, as he squeezes maximum drama from his characters and their motivations (not to mention their turbulent love lives). But he offers excellent capsule descriptions of various scientific specialties, and scientists.


I Said Yes to Everything: A Memoir

Don't call Grant a survivor. She is a fighter and flourisher who proves Lucille Ball's maxim: "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age."


I Pity the Poor Immigrant

[A] brilliant and intriguing new novel.


Funny Once: Stories

If the scenario sounds crazy, it is. In its humor and creativity, there is a lot of Flannery O'Connor in Nelson.


California: A Novel

It’s a swiftly paced, nerve-racking novel, one of those books that produces simultaneous desires: You want to keep plowing through it but dread what surprises Lepucki is going to spring.


Invisible Beasts

Invisible Beasts does something that not a lot of books strive to do. It doesn’t make firm statements or try to draw readers with a complex plot or characterization. Its real purpose appears to be highlighting the true bizarreness of life on earth and all the planet’s tenants.


The Vacationers: A Novel

The Vacationers is the perfect book to distract you from the drama. Something about knowing you’re not alone eases the pain.


China Dolls

See’s deft portrayal will pique the interest of many a reader and encourage a deeper look into the Chinese-America experience in the early to mid-twentieth century.


The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

A charming-if-slight book called The Mockingbird Next Door that provides glimpses into the twilight years of Alice and Harper Lee.


The Book of Life: A Novel

The Book of Life acts mostly as a family reunion for those longtime readers who have followed the mystery of Ashmole 782 since the beginning.


One Plus One: A Novel

If you are looking for a modern, realistic romance then give this one a try. It could happen to you!


The Vacationers: A Novel

The Vacationers had all the ingredients for a sizzling summer read, but with a bland story and lack of joie de vivre, it failed to deliver in the end.