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Broken Homes

While I was not too happy with the pace of this book (middle of a series doldrums), this book is a must read for those who love police procedural, London, and magic.


Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers

This brave and important book describes the corruption of an entire country: “Between them all, they have turned Mexico into a graveyard.”


Watch Me: A Memoir

Watch Me is full of glitz and glamour. But beneath the sequins and the kelly-green silk jersey beats a real and honest heart.


Beautiful You: A Novel

Cloaked in the weird and the taboo, what could have been an interesting meditation on feminism, sexuality, and consumerism is just the author's masturbatory exercise in misogyny and shock tactics.


Lovely, Dark, Deep

Oates’ short stories are captivating, sad, compassionate, and haunting. They continue to capture the uncertainty, hurt, and darkness in all of us. Her fertile mind is our gain.


The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History

With the 50th anniversary of the great man’s death upon us, The Churchill Factor is well timed to provoke discussion, perhaps in one of the many pubs that bear the Churchill name.


Who We Be

Who We Be is a history, yes, but one that’s very consciously located in 2014—a book that demands to be read now.


Something Rich and Strange

Reading this collection is like taking a long walk into that haunted gorge where the ginseng grows wild. Trust me: In here you'll find many things, even the dark matters, quite wonderful.


Gilead

Overall, this is a first-class book about faith, about the complexity of relationships and, above all, about what it means to be a good and decent man, struggling with life’s problems.


The Merciless

The Merciless is just that: shocking and surprising.


The Chain

With more books like “The Chain,” more anger, knowledge and compassion, I see no reason that history can’t repeat itself.


Hiding in Plain Sight: A Novel

Nearly all the characters have been forced to give up their homelands and live in countries that afford them physical safety and civil rights. What is hiding in plain sight, we come to learn, is their true selves.


All My Puny Sorrows

Its intelligence, its honesty and, above all, its compassion provide a kind of existential balm — a comfort not unlike the sort you might find by opening a bottle of wine and having a long conversation with (yes, really) a true friend.


Something Rich and Strange

Rash is especially skilled at revealing the patient fatalism of some Southerners, an inclination that makes people in other parts of the country uncomfortable.


Revival: A Novel

Reading “Revival” is experiencing a master storyteller having the time of his life.


The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

What kind of reader, in short, is “The Republic of Imagination” addressed to? I don’t think Nafisi ever asked herself that question, and the result is a book that’s dutiful and well intentioned, but far short of what its ambitious nature demands.


Black Country

Black Country is a singularly impressive book from a talented writer, and like all the best poetry, begs to be read aloud.


Greenglass House

Finally, while Greenglass House is a nice read, I honestly think it is one of those books that are intended more for adults than children.