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Catch a Falling Heiress

A sexy, smart romance with a unique arc that's enhanced by its upper-class old New York social setting.


The Devil Takes a Bride

Strong prose and adventurous sex scenes make the book worth reading.


The Sacrifice
Kirkus Reviews : The Sacrifice (January 27, 2015)

Oates revives an old scandal without making it new.


The City Stained Red

A great deal of shouting, soul-searching and swordplay adding up to nothing very much.


The Grown Ups
Kirkus Reviews : The Grown Ups (January 27, 2015)

The plot, like the protagonists themselves, wanders to adulthood in this middling coming-of-age tale.


Shark Skin Suite

Once again, Serge proves that homicidal mania has its points as Dorsey takes aim at more massive villains than usual.


The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family

Roger Cohen's The Girl from Human Street is a tragic, beautiful memoir that views the displacement of the Jewish people in the 20th century through the lens of his own mother's struggle with mental illness after leaving her South African home to start a new life in London.


The First Bad Man: A Novel

Tender, but smart enough, generally, to puncture the balloon when emotions start to soar, this is a deft, modern, endearing piece of work that borrows the term ‘kook’ from David Bowie and gives it a whole new lease of life.


The Girl on the Train: A Novel

Readers looking for the next big mind-blowing novel are only going to experience disappointment.


Almost Famous Women: Stories

Bergman right now may be an "almost famous woman" herself — a recognized minor name in contemporary literature. But if she keeps on writing these kinds of intense, richly imagined tales, who knows where she'll end up?


Mr. Mac and Me

In lushly atmospheric prose, Freud captures the rain-whipped seascape and vividly describes already dying arts like the spinning of hemp into twisted ropes


Wake: A Novel

A moving account of a collection of lost souls searching for their place in life.


In Real Life

In Real Life can feel a bit like Julian Barnes’s Talking It Over rewritten by a modern Morrissey who has spent too much time analysing his Facebook friend requests.


In Real Life

It’s a heartening book that generally avoids mawkish sentimentality, and is funny in a low-key way. You might not LOL, but you’ll probably crack a smile or two.


Driving the King

Considering how much license Howard takes with Cole's life story, the narrative is curiously inert, though not without its moments of grace and pathos.


Don't Let Him Know

There is a weight here, but like Romola and Avinash and Amit, we cannot quite access it or the tangled center of the novel's heart.


There Was and There Was Not

“There Was and There Was Not” (the title is the stock story opener in several Middle Eastern cultures) is the sensitive, inquiring, somewhat naïve account of this defeat.