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Bennington Girls Are Easy: A Novel

Ultimately, the book is a bittersweet ode not to New York City per se but to the long, grueling journey from hopeful transplant to seasoned, hardened New Yorker.


Dietland

Dietland is a harsh, in-your-face look at our society and the ugliness of a world where women’s bodies are public.


Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War

Regardless of your own (hopefully) conflicted notions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War will certainly further develop a story many of us may have only seen as a mushroom cloud, illuminating those beneath it.


Three Rivers

Three Rivers is the kind of book that's gut wrenching at times and laugh out loud funny at others.


Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a true foodie read with heart.


Woman with a Secret

Woman With a Secret is something of a polarizing read, at least based on what I've seen.


Port of No Return

This novel is definitely a worth reading, especially for those whose roots are deeply embedded in Italy, like me! Recommended!


Fortune Smiles: Stories

Her plots are ingenious — she’s a writer in complete command of her material — and it’s O.K. if you haven’t quite kept up. She keeps you puzzled and intrigued, right until the end.


Woman with a Secret

It’s always comforting to be back among the misfits and malcontents of the fictional Spilling police department.


Eileen: A Novel

Literary thrillers are like that charismatic politician who can reel everyone in, creating the illusion that no one will have to give up any of his values to be satisfied. But for this reader, the thrill is the language.


Make Your Home Among Strangers

Sharp cultural observations and terrific dialogue keep the reader engaged, even as the action sags midway, when Lizet’s fights with herself and her family become repetitive — a common aspect of guilt and worry, but hazardous to plot.


The Popes Daughter: The Extraordinary Life of Felice della Rovere

“The Pope’s Daughter,” the story of Lucrezia Borgia as a living, feeling woman rather than just another bodice waiting to be ripped, stands as an evident tribute both to its much maligned heroine and to Franca Rame, in all her beauty and fiery dignity.


Brief Loves That Live Forever

“Brief Loves” is full of high-flown sentiments and serendipitous connections of characters who somehow know other characters and serve as informants about their lives.


Two Across EXTENDED PREVIEW, CHAPTERS 1-2

Though many of the novel’s big moments aren’t as powerful as you would hope, it moves at a nice clip, aided by the regular appearance of the cleverly


The Dust That Falls from Dreams: A Novel

De Bernières impressively evokes this tropical Arcadia, far from the novel’s main setting — London before, during and after World War I — where so much sudden death meant “everything was unbearably strange” and yet so many did manage to bear it, and bravely got on with their lives.


The Dressmaker: A Novel

A movie, and the excellent Kate Winslet, may well lend them more credibility. Rosalie Ham, meanwhile, has gone on to find a better home for her serious concerns in two further, equally elegant novels.


Machines of Loving Grace

A full discussion of this subject would involve not only interviews with researchers but also conversations with nurses, business people and regulators — only then might we be better equipped to determine whether a new machine can be made humane enough to care for us.


Everybody Rise

Clifford details the manners of the old-money set with a reporter’s well-trained eye.


The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How They Made the Modern World

In “The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How They Made the Modern World,” Montgomery and Chirot make the case for the importance of four ­powerful ideas, rooted in the European Enlightenment, that have created the world as we know it. “Invading armies can be resisted,” they quote Victor Hugo. “Invading ideas cannot be.”