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All Fall Down: A Novel

The topic of addiction and the terrible consequences it can lead to was not glossed over, but it was handled very sensibly in All Fall Down.

Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

“Everything I Never Told You” is a beautifully crafted study of dysfunction and grief.

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

It is a testament to McBride’s erudite yet brazen originality that the novel can thoughtfully speak back to some of the great texts of Western literature, while at the same time reading as though it were created entirely out of thin air.

World Order

Here, I think, he comes closest to admonishing his fellow realists, and even himself, against the hubris that diplomacy invites and engenders. The challenge for the rest of us is to sift the wisdom in his formidable oeuvre from its diplomatic double-talk, self-justification, and despair.


This reader was spellbound by Goodhouse — by its grim illustrations, its unrelenting pressure, and its central proclamation: to sate its own anxieties, society will sacrifice vulnerable bodies in any way it sees fit.

The Reef: A Passionate History: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change

An impassioned book, an admirer’s argument about what needs to be cherished as much as a scholar’s history of how the Reef came to be understood.

A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel

Killings is James’s third book, and by now it is clear that historical fiction is his métier, and that the workings of history within fiction and how fiction can work as history are very much on his mind.

The Lotus and the Storm: A Novel

Expanding on the questions posed by her first novel 17 years later, Cao’s new epic gives us insight into how trauma reverberates, its fallout stealth, persistent, far-reaching.

Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis

Coe tells the story of the affair, of Alice as heartbroken, with compelling sympathy.

The Abyss Beyond Dreams: A Novel of the Commonwealth

Abyss is the work of an author at the top of his game, you will love it and need no further recommendation from me, as both a place to start reading Peter’s books and one for fans. Personally I can’t wait for the next book!

The Nightingale Before Christmas

The Nightingale Before Christmas is a fun book with characters that will keep you engaged. I did figure out a few of the connections, (but at the time I was supposed to figure them out), and Donna Andrews does a spectacular job tying up all the loose ends into a big holiday bow!

Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia

Deep down, what does Edward want? We'll never know, and Carrere doesn't pretend to, either. Which makes his book as fascinating as its subject.

My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich

Startlingly prescient words from a moral crusader during a perilous time.

The Unsubstantial Air

Intimate and memorable portraits of these idealistic, daredevil young men are contained in a marvelously fluid narrative.

The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri

A mixed bag. Relating his occasionally amusing adventures in breezy slang, Steinberg seems to be vying for the same audience that has made Broadway's Book of Mormon such a huge hit.

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

A satisfying biography though less exhaustive in its approach than Robert Krick's Conquering the Valley (1996) and somewhat less fluent than James Robertson's Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend (1997).

First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

The freshness that marked Lovett's debut is less evident in this second novel, a predictable tale of romantic suspense that becomes progressively weaker in its closing chapters.

Bathing the Lion

Though short, the novel is not a breezy read; it's a quiet, character-driven musing on the value of life and death that lovers of magical realism should embrace but that readers wishing for a more cohesive story will find frustrating.

Beautiful You: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : Beautiful You (October 22, 2014)

By Palahniuk's standards, this is actually a subtle and empathic piece of work.

Desert God
Kirkus Reviews : Desert God (October 22, 2014)

With Minoan civilization destroyed by the eruption, Taita routs the Hykos, albeit still in perilous control of lower Egypt, which suggests Smith's eunuch/warrior/statesman has another adventure in store.