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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.

How to Build a Girl

The pace of “How to Build a Girl” is easier and kinder, though no less feminist. Moran’s novel shows what her manifesto tells.

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write

“100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write” is in fact a work of profound moral organization: It arises from the Woolfian notion of a feminine form, sure enough, but its deeper purpose is to define the artist’s relationship to truth and to demonstrate how, from within the correctness of the artistic process, life can be meaningfully understood.

The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour-and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News
The New York Times : Prime Time (October 10, 2014)

It’s hard to come away from “The News Sorority” feeling anything less than admiration, if not reverence, for Couric, Sawyer and Amanpour.

Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution

“Unspeakable Things” deftly examines the shifting meanings of sex and gender in Western cultures and unpacks as many lies as it can identify. Yet the vision of revolution remains elusive.

Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice

That anyone can walk this walk under the scrutiny Sotomayor bears — as a Puerto Rican, as a woman and as a moderate constitutional thinker — is the real story here. Whatever her elixir, it should be bottled and sold.

Bad Feminist
The New York Times : Arguably (October 10, 2014)

The eager pride she takes in being different — “I am an acquired taste” — can read more like personal branding than political conviction.

The Fame Lunches
The New York Times : Arguably (October 13, 2014)

Merkin’s most striking trait is her fearlessness with regard to her own denial and rationalization, especially on the subjects of weight and finances. If there is anything truly shameful left in this world it is self-deception, and Merkin deserves laurels for the willingness she shows in interrogating her own.

Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War

Mr. Risen certainly makes the case in this book that America has lost much in its lashing out against terrorism, and that Congress and the people need to wake up and ask more questions about the political, financial, moral and cultural costs of that campaign.

Quartet for the End of Time: A Novel

Like The Sentimentalists, Quartet explores the limits of moral freedom and the mutability of human perceptions. But its characters are less important in themselves than as notes in an all-encompassing, eternal music, and its great breadth of vision signifies an artistic leap

The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures

Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious

A good-natured, clever and informative romp through the modern culinary landscape.

Deep Down Dark
Kirkus Reviews : Deep Down Dark (October 10, 2014)

An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh.

Kirkus Reviews : Citizen (October 10, 2014)

Frequently powerful, occasionally opaque.

The Art of Slow Writing

Elementary in many ways but infused with the faith of a true believer.

The Murder Man
Kirkus Reviews : The Murder Man (October 10, 2014)

The resolution feels both hurried and tacked on to what is otherwise a very readable novel.

Kirkus Reviews : Malice (October 10, 2014)

Each time you're convinced Higashino's wrung every possible twist out of his golden-age setup, he comes up with a new one. If you still miss the days of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, you can't do better than this fleet, inventive retro puzzler.

The Forgotten Girl

Personal relationships are critical in this satisfying read, which is in the same class as Russell Banks' The Sweet Hereafter.

Ghost Wanted
Kirkus Reviews : Ghost Wanted (October 10, 2014)

Hart's amusing and vivacious ghostly sleuth (Ghost Gone Wild, 2013, etc.) puts her invisibility, her gusto and her sharp mind to good use in her latest outing.

Not My Father's Son

A raw, revealing memoir from a courageous actor and writer.