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Wake: A Novel

This novel remembers a time of difficulty and examines it in a new, refreshing way.


The Secret Life of Bees

While I really enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees, on closer consideration it’s very much a flawed novel, but still one worth reading if one takes its flaws into account.


Bark: Stories

Though the best of the stories leave a delightful aftertaste, there’s often not enough to chew on. Still, it’s better to be left wanting more.


Prayers for the Stolen

Clement has written their story in a world of her own making, and in doing so she has realized a level of empathy that is absent in the news stories and bloody headlines that mark these otherwise forgotten tragedies.


Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last

Ultimately, Patience’s heroism lies in her extraordinary optimism about the male sex despite the abundance of evidence she encounters to the contrary.


My Name Is Resolute

Nancy E. Turner is a master storyteller who steeps this page-turning saga in well-researched history of the 18th century.


The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

From this refreshing re-examination of a national icon, we learn that Henry David Thoreau was a non-conformist, a bit 'on the spectrum' as we might deduce through today’s lens, but not quite the utter hermit some have supposed him to be.


Runner
Bookreporter : Runner (February 21, 2014)

I spent most of the novel waiting for a net to drop over Dryden and Rachel. It does, for a moment or two, but Lee is just getting started. By book’s end, your heart will be in your mouth or on the floor, everywhere it’s not supposed to be.


A Burnable Book
Bookreporter : A Burnable Book (February 21, 2014)

The best part of A Burnable Book, apart from the characters, is the mystery itself. First, it’s a mystery about a book --- what reader doesn’t love that? Second, thanks to the cast of characters, the book passes through so many hands that even the people who know the truth about the book aren’t aware of what’s happening.


And Sons: A Novel

This is a terrific social comedy that also wants to be a meaningful postmodern book about fatherhood, and if it sometimes overreaches, we sense that Gilbert won’t mind.


Bark: Stories

Lorrie Moore is an artist who knows the power of her art, and understands that the reader – as much as the writer – must give themselves over to the experience of the story.


Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

Written in a fluent stream-of-consciousness style, Inside a Pearl pays little heed to chronology.


Things Withered

Moloney explores the ultimate fears and potential darkness that live behind closed doors - or even within us all!


Honor's Knight

Rachel Bach simply outdoes herself with this one and whatever anticipation, I had was simply blown away by the awesomeness of this story.


Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community

“Sitcom” will entertain and inform readers, especially those who want to learn more about a favorite series or a great show they’ve missed. With more and more sitcom reruns available on outlets such as Hulu and Netflix, there’s plenty of time to get to know a few more names.


The Sixth Extinction

“The Sixth Extinction” is a bold and at times desperate attempt to awaken us to this responsibility.


The Improbability Principle

If you wish to read about how probability theory can help us understand the apparent hot hand in a basketball game, superstitions in gambling and sports, prophecies, parapsychology and the paranormal, holes in one, multiple lottery winners, and much more, this is a book you will enjoy.


Foreign Gods, Inc.

Despite Ndibe’s occasional overwriting (the tendency to pun leads him into temptation), he invests his novel with a satiric tone that’s all the more caustic for being so matter-of-fact.


Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Epoque Paris

The guillotine was ready for one or both, and the book moves toward the conclusion of an engaging — and finally chilling — portrait of an uneasy era and a city of more shadow than light.