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The Kept

“The Kept” is gothic in both structure and atmosphere. Violence comes swiftly, with no warning. The strong are without sentiment. The weak retain nothing but shards of their remembered affections.


All Joy and No Fun

Jennifer Senior’s astute book about parents and children, “All Joy and No Fun,” is especially eye opening about how many prejudices are usually built into such studies.


What We've Lost Is Nothing: A Novel

“What We’ve Lost Is Nothing” has the stamp of authenticity.


Out of the Woods

It is a pleasure to spend time with Darling’s fine writing, thoughtful reflection and perhaps a more trustworthy sense of direction than she is willing to claim.


Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel

It’s a time in their lives that’s deliciously reminiscent of the adventure novels Stevenson wrote, and Horan’s delightful reimagining is just as entertaining.


The Parthenon Enigma

The book succeeds most when it remains grounded in sketching a detailed portrait of the Parthenon as seen through what Connelly calls “ancient eyes.”


Radiance of Tomorrow

Radiance of Tomorrow is a book that says daring things with gentle authority. In spite of the horrors faced by its central characters, it does not invite reactions from a safe remove, but offers the sense of a shared fate.


On Such a Full Sea: A Novel

Lee seems to lose interest in the dystopian project once he’s established his brave new world’s parameters.


The Wind Is Not a River

There’s an immediacy to Payton’s story and his endeavour to reveal this period of wartime censorship, and it resonates beyond the confines of historical fiction.


The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country

These depictions of Roger Ailes as something other than a frothing, ratings-mad showman-provocateur may be cases of damning with faint praise.


The Impossible Knife of Memory

I’d say Hayley’s voice and the portrayal of lives destroyed by PTSD were the novel’s greatest assets but they were marred by an uneven execution and unchallenged problematic aspects to the romantic relationship.


I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway

I'll Take You There is a biography that's well worth the heavenly journey.


The Guts

It is the continued promise of Dublin soul, and reason enough to book a flight and visit an Irish bookstore.


Alena: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : Alena (January 23, 2014)

A technically able but rather tepid reimagining of the gothic staple Rebecca.


Egyptomania

“Egyptomania,” like a really poor archaeologist, simply doesn’t dig very deeply into anything, apart from the difficulties of moving those obelisks. But its lurid and kitschy illustrations are great.


Perfect: A Novel

Rachel Joyce’s second novel, “Perfect,” is better and less treacly than her first, “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.” It is eerier, too.


One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Not only is it fresh and original and funny, but it’s beyond witty and showcases a unique voice that can be compared to Woody Allen and David Sedaris.


Perfect: A Novel

Perfect stayed with me in between reading binges. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it and when I was reading it, I was immersed in it. It stayed with me well beyond turning the last page.


Before We Met: A Novel

If her characters were a bit less archetypal and more unique, her story would definitely be among the better woman-marries-man-and-troubles-ensue-almost-immediately versions.