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Murder at the Brightwell

A spunky heroine, a tense romance and red herrings galore make Weaver’s debut a pleasant read for nostalgia buffs who miss Agatha Christie.


The Missing Place

A satisfying, icy thriller.


The King's Curse

Given how poorly written the story is and how unsympathetic Margaret Pole is throughout most of the novel, readers will not just wonder but hope that Ms. Gregory moves on to some other period in history. It is long past time to do so.


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves holds a mirror up to reflect what we’re really made of, both in what we do to each other and to other animals


Nora Webster: A Novel

Mr. Toibin lets Nora’s solace lie in the piercing, abstract beauty of music and in a quotidian generosity that always eluded her. “Nora Webster” is ultimately the story of why such gifts come at such a high price.


Being Mortal

What comes through clearly and most convincingly in “Being Mortal” is the absolute importance of taking one’s head out of the sand when it comes to the inevitable.


Rooms

We read this book for its engaging plot, and perhaps we do think about what it means to connect, for as the characters wander through Richard’s house, the vistas of the present, the past, and the future reveal that neither the living nor the dead are able to grasp how to understand one another while staying true to themselves.


A Load of Hooey

It’s Mr. Show fans who’ll find the most to love: Some of these pieces, which generally run two or three pages, read like outlines for sketches.


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Mantel pokes and prods and scratches at our tiny collective wounds, opening them into something much bigger. Readers may find the stories uncomfortable, but also hard to put down.


A Vision of Fire

Readers can only hope they, along with Anderson, learn enough from this first trial to improve on the next one.


The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

A well-paced, page-turning popular history featuring a lively, character-driven blend of scientific discovery and gender politics.


The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty
Kirkus Reviews : Quantum Moment (October 13, 2014)

Always entertaining and meticulously composed, this book will reorient your relationship with the quantum.


The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer

Bostwick’s beercentric account of the world will delight beer lovers, food historians and home brewers.


The Paying Guests

The Paying Guests presents a detailed, colourful and vivid, if over-long, view of life in an era when, despite the culling and maiming of a generation of men, and the achievement of a kind of emancipation for many women, patriarchal values still held sway


Murder at the Brightwell

If you’re a fan of traditional mysteries, you’ll enjoy this one.


Nora Webster: A Novel

In its subdued way, Nora Webster is ultimately uplifting — and well worth savoring.


Belzhar

While I enjoyed bits of this book, it does have a depressing edge being immersed within the grief and depression surrounding the characters.


The Dog: A Novel

The Dog is an oblique but searing commentary on the refusal of a generation of bankers, lawyers, regulators and politicians to take responsibility for the mess they’ve made of the world, and the complicity of a sense-shirking, buck-passing legal language in that mess.


Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"

The overall portrait of “Not That Kind of Girl” is actually not of a selfish girl. It’s of a candid, thoughtful woman who considers being female “a sacred joy,” and who, despite her neurosis, simply isn’t as self-centered as the character she plays on TV.


The Hundred-Year House

Equal parts screwball comedy, intellectual sex farce, historical drama and old-fashioned ghost story, “The Hundred-Year House” sometimes feels like the precocious love child of John Irving’s “The Hotel New Hampshire” and a rousing game of Clue.