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I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

The Savages
Kirkus Reviews : The Savages (March 13, 2014)

Whyman’s British Addams Family of man-eaters certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste, but for those who like their humor very, very dry, it may just hit the spot.


Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel

Dense with fully realized characters, startling images, original observations and revelatory truths, this masterpiece engages the reader’s heart and mind as it captures both the complexities of racial and gender identity in the 20th century and the more intimate complexities of love in all its guises.


Providence Rag

DeSilva, drawing on a real-life case, pours on the ethical complications with such unrelenting suspense that you’ll be glad you don’t live in Rhode Island. Only the last few chapters are a letdown from the general excellence.


Savage Girl
Kirkus Reviews : Savage Girl (March 13, 2014)

Zimmerman’s dark comedy of manners is an obvious homage to Edith Wharton, a rip-roaring murder mystery more Robert Louis Stevenson than Arthur Conan Doyle and a wonderfully detailed portrait of the political, economic and philosophical issues driving post–Civil War America.


Mentats of Dune

The magic lingers, even when the final chapters have already been written.


The Raven's Shadow

An excellent addition to this superior epic.


Stone Cold
Kirkus Reviews : Stone Cold (March 13, 2014)

Suspenseful yet routine, with oversized bogeymen who seem more menacing than they really are, ethical dilemmas that dissolve under pressure and an ending that tests your tolerance for coincidence. Below average for this splendid yet checkered series.


The Visitors

O’Keeffe closely observes human interactions and conveys his narrative largely through glistening dialogue that has the feel of Celtic folk poetry.


Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us

Carpenter’s entertaining narrative dissects caffeine’s circuitous route into consumer culture and its tenacious hold on the human mind and body.


The Cairo Affair

Mr. Steinhauer is equally comfortable evoking the world in which Arab operatives circle one another and the early mix of savagery and wild nihilism in the former Yugoslavia, though he credits an eyewitness for helping describe the area around the Balkan town of Vukovar.


The Story of the Jews

He is a loose and baggy writer, preferring to paraphrase rather than quote, and generally conveying the impression of what used to be called fatal facility.


The Accident

Unputdownable books like Mr. Pavone’s help keep the business alive and well.


The Blazing World: A Novel

This is a funny, sad, thought-provoking, and touching portrait of a woman who is blazing with postfeminist fury and propelled by artistic audacity.


Bark: Stories

There are plenty of stories being written today that are exquisitely structured, attentive to what writers sometimes like to call “the rigors of the form.”


The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man

This story is not over, but Harding's tale of the opening act is a great read.


Queen Sugar: A Novel

Despite its shortcomings, Queen Sugar is an impressive debut from a talented writer and a fascinating look into the world of the contemporary South.


Cycle of Lies

Cycle of Lies reads more as an impassioned, 450-page deposition on why Armstrong is a flawed human being.


The Black-Eyed Blonde

The genre of new books by dead writers is a curious and questionable one, but Banville and his crime-writing pseudonym have played the game as well as anyone could.


The Haunted Life: and Other Writings

Here, in this small book, are the tentative beginnings of a journey that was always going to lead to the open road.