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The Red Road: A Novel

The Red Road is more demanding than most mystery novels because it is the very opposite of formulaic. In fact, reading it is a bit like doing a jigsaw puzzle when you don’t have the box that shows the complete picture.


Death of a Policeman

The joy of reading Beaton’s detective novels is that she cuts right to the chase. She doesn’t dawdle over long descriptive narratives to set the mood or overly describe the characters and their wardrobes. She has honed her descriptive skills to a brisk, fine point every bit as pithy as her characters.


Kinder Than Solitude: A Novel

Kinder Than Solitude is a grim novel, but it’s a mesmerizing experience for fans of elegant writing.


Bark: Stories
Bookreporter : Bark: Stories (February 28, 2014)

To read these eight stories, each one more unsettling than the last, it’s hard not to jump on the bandwagon of incredulity and ask ourselves what kind of collective fog we have willingly entered into to allow such atrocities to occur.


While Beauty Slept

While Beauty Slept is an incredibly entertaining book. Blackwell does great things with the familiar fairy tale, giving its characters depth, vitality and context.


I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War

I Am Abraham is masterfully penned and should deserve acclaim for its polished presentation.


The Player

The book was also full of well-placed humor and I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion.


We Are Here

We Are Here will forever be that book I read when I was sick and cannot decipher whether the WTF moments were all in my head or part of the story.


A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain

Yes, it's odd and yes, it's really hard to describe, but overall it was completely enthralling.


Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel
The New York Times : White Lies (February 27, 2014)

Still, the greatest joy of reading Oyeyemi will always be style: jagged and capricious at moments, lush and rippled at others, always singular, like the voice-over of a fever dream.


Once You Break a Knuckle: Stories

In these stories, people know how to frame and sheet exterior walls, wedge up the load-bearers, plot circuits and measure sockets against a hammer.


The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress: A Novel

A second reading, like a second cocktail, is almost better than the first.


The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel
The New York Times : Girlfish (February 28, 2014)

“The Museum of Extraordinary Things” is, in a way, a museum of Alice Hoffman’s bag of plot tricks: girls with unusual talents, love at first sight, mysterious parents, addiction and alcoholism, orphans raised by unsuitable people.


Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America
The New York Times : Willkommen (February 28, 2014)

What is clear is that contemporary public opinion had it right: Operation Paperclip was a bad idea. By shining light on the human, ethical and monetary costs of the program, Jacobsen’s book reveals just how bad.


Bury This

Throughout, her writing about this dirty, awful thing is so fresh it falls on readers bright and clean as north-country snow.


Prayers for the Stolen

Prayers for the Stolen” is as harrowing as you would expect, but it’s also beguiling, and even crazily enchanting.


Dust

“Dust” moves as the human mind moves: forward and backward, incoherent, indulgent, lingering on the light on a tree, sliding into murky reverie.


The Fishing Fleet

The contrasts are irresistibly melodramatic, the characters colorful yet tantalizingly repressed.


Chance

It’s a farce, of an unusually violent and dark-spirited kind.


Strange Bodies

As he proved in “Far North,” Theroux has a knack for warping the anxieties of the present into an unsettling vision of our possible future.