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Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured

At a time when so few women’s voices — let alone young, illiterate ones — were heard or recorded, hers sang out fresh and clear, reaching long into the future.


The Brotherhood of Book Hunters

Despite the copious bloodshed along the way, “The Brotherhood of Book Hunters” conveys a strange lack of urgency.


A Philosophy of Walking

Gros is in search of higher truths than those found in libraries: “There are thoughts that can only occur at 6,000 feet above the plains and mournful shores,” he rightly points out, and if his prose gets a bit purple from time to time, maybe it’s because it was composed on one of those peaks where the oxygen’s a bit thin.


The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words

Even the greenest Chandler novice may find much here that tantalizes: clues to mysteries of personality and genius that the savviest sleuth could never decode.


The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

For all its passion, The Republic of Imagination founders because Nafisi just doesn't seem to like politics of any stripe.


The Hilltop: A Novel

The Hilltop is not as linguistically or as imaginatively inventive as the greatest work of, say, Amos Oz or David Grossman or Etgar Keret, but it is something entirely new – a comic settlement-saga that attempts to understand the terrible saga of the settlements.


American Sniper

I found myself marveling about how I could be reading about training and missions and battle zones and kill shots and bar fights and be totally and completely bored.


Heap House: The Iremonger Trilogy: Book One

I would recommend this book for fans of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events .


The Dog in the Dickensian Imagination

Gray is an intelligent and sensitive reader of Dickens’s work and her arguments are worth following.


A Sudden Light: A Novel

It is certain to keep you well entertained. Garth Stein is a master storyteller! Excellently written! True enjoyment!


The Laughing Monsters

Johnson’s novel illustrates the danger of trying to write a thriller in the morally ambiguous, complex, post-Cold War world. It simply isn’t enough to have a white man running around some exotic backdrop, with a lot of technical spy jargon thrown in.


The Sharp Hook of Love

This is a lush story with wonderfully rich prose that evokes emotion. A wonderful book that is sure to please!


The Lodger

I highly recommend this biographical novel to all readers and writers interested in women's history.


Juliet's Nurse: A Novel

A lovely re-imagining of one of Shakespeare’s original characters.


The Tudor Vendetta

Highly recommended.


Rush of Shadows

It is a historically accurate fictionalization of America’s frontier and fascinating history. Beautiful indeed!


Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel

Bohjalian gives us one of the most authentic and distinctive voices since Emma Donoghue’s Jack, the unforgettable 5-year-old boy who dazzled readers and critics alike in the remarkable 2011 novel “Room.”


The David Foster Wallace Reader

Some readers, with appetites whetted by one mere liftable book, may come away from this collection ready to revisit David Foster Wallace’s writings in their unexpurgated native state.


The Heart Has Its Reasons: A Novel

“The Heart Has Its Reasons” is undermined by clunky sentences, cliches and schmaltzy explanation


Men

Kipnis is a gifted stylist and inquisitive thinker, and she writes essays in a tentative and self-questioning mode that’s at least as old as Montaigne.