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Yes Please

Yes Please is a breezy read that runs on its own internal logic, mimicking the stream-of-consciousness flow of improvisational comedy.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

An astonishingly thorough investigation of the man behind the world's most popular female superhero.

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

Reading John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee Williams’ is a journey into purgatory. But purgatory has an exit…in this case exits, the works of art that Tennessee Williams created.

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

It is a lively novel, as we see the seamy side of life in Montreal but it is witty and great fun, even if the characters are seriously flawed human beings.

Beautiful You: A Novel

The basic story is a very simple concept, but Mr. Palahniuk adds his brand of complexity through his typical syntactical games and stellar use of sarcasm to create an unforgettable novel that will make people think twice before breaking out the bedroom toys.

Time Present and Time Past

I’ve heard Paul Harding describe good prose as something which you always knew, and never heard anyone else put into words quite the same way before. That’s what’s beautiful about Time Present and Time Past.

Dear Committee Members: A novel

In the course of dozens of letters, Schumacher gives us a character who is believable, exasperating, and dare I say it, loveable. I'm not writing a letter of recommendation, but if I was, I'd recommend you read this book.

The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock

Her goal isn’t to provide a history of crime or crime writing, but to show how “the British enjoyed and consumed the idea of murder.”

Beautiful You: A Novel

How can a book about the female orgasm be so resolutely and profoundly unsexy?

On the Edge

With its many couplings, uncouplings and recouplings, “On the Edge” (the title itself a sly joke) is, for all its keen awareness of suffering, a comedy with a happy ending, if not a “happy ending.”

The Witch: And Other Tales Re-Told

Thompson’s fiction is a sunlit thing: shrewd, warm and often funny, but without shadows — or, at least, none of the unfathomable variety.


Roger Clarke tells this and many other gloriously weird stories with real verve, and also a kind of narrative authority that tends to constrain the skeptical voice within.

The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature's Greatest Monsters

Stott’s narrative is fluid, informative and stylish, offering uncommon insight into Claire and Polidori, who were misguided and overmatched.

The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb

In Plumly’s graceful prose and propulsive storytelling, the Romantics come alive for us as creative forces and, perhaps more remarkably, as endearing, complex, authentic individuals.

A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel

“A Brief History of Seven Killings” eventually takes on a mesmerizing power. It makes its own kind of music, not like Marley’s, but like the tumult he couldn’t stop.

The Children Act

Death, youth and music are the subjects of this beautifully compact novel.

Three Hundred Million

Fiction’s ability to reveal the fallibility of language is nothing new. What Butler offers is, curiously enough, something religion posits: language is inadequate to capture existence.

The Betrayers: A Novel

Altogether, this is a very good read, confirming David Bezmozgis as a writer to follow with interest.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

It’s a lot to pack in. But Ms. Lepore, as if piloting an invisible jet of her own in gusty weather, brings everything in for an only slightly bumpy landing.

J: A Novel

It’s never dull and always has the reader turning the pages. It ask us to look ourselves and who we are and our place in the world.