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The Last Train to Paris

Just as characters don’t emerge fully from Zackheim’s pages, neither does meaning always arise clearly from her phrases.

That Part Was True

I won’t say where their missives lead, but I will applaud the sensible outcome. This is England, after all, and we trust that Mrs. Petworth won’t do anything rash.

Alena: A Novel

We can never go back to Manderley again. That much is certain. But can we use its mechanisms to skewer the contemporary art world — a place often so self-­aggrandizing it begs for parody? Yes. And we can enjoy every multiply pierced moment of the performance.

A Place in the Country

Sebald is humanized and softened in these essays — a face is given to the cloud — but also darkened.

The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe

Miracles can happen, but with the facts that we now know, the mountaineer's ascent to heaven will be steep.

The Sixth Extinction

With any hope, Kolbert's readers will not be able to sleep until we all do our part to protect habitat for our co-travelers through what Darwin rightly called Earth's grandeur.

Children of Paradise

D’Aguiar creates a suffocating atmosphere that explores the use of charisma and religious fanaticism as tools of repression.

My Life in Middlemarch

"Middlemarch," as Mead proves, can help you view such lives, along with your own, in both the clearest, and the most magnanimous light.

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

Romance fans especially will like this book, but almost any woman will find something to relate to in Bloom's story.

My Life in Middlemarch

After you’ve finished Middlemarch, Mead’s book should be required reading – after all, experiencing a book through another’s eyes is the quintessential act of literary empathy.


Employing photographs, Nuremberg trial testimony, poetry, and newsreel style scenes of rape, incarceration, torture, murder and assassination, Drndic has created a terrifying book, both personal and objective


Annihilation is a book meant for gulping — for going in head-first and not coming up for air until you hit the back cover.

Dancing Fish and Ammonites: A Memoir

I wanted to leap into her place and time, but this book wouldn’t quite let me.


This thoroughly engrossing story is slightly dystopian, slightly romance, a lot of science fiction, and 100-percent edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Alena: A Novel

Alena is so eerie and elegantly suspenseful that I could see myself rereading it, the way I reread Rebecca every few years or so.

Kirkus Reviews : Archetype (February 06, 2014)

Starts slow but eventually picks up steam.

Pioneer Girl: A Novel

An unexpected pleasure, with a well-drawn and compelling narrator.

The Tooth Fairy: A Memoir

Coherence is a contrivance of any life story, Chase implies in his candid and insightful memoir; some truths may be shared in words, others hidden between the lines.

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

In the end, it’s not romance but something more elusive that Bloom finds: intimacy. Romance may wane as the quotidian details of cohabitation intrude on hearts and flowers, but that’s when true love begins.


There are many references in “Carthage” to magical spells and fairy tales and children’s storybooks. It made me want to flee back into the adult world, pry open a window and gulp the open air.