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The Heart Goes Last: A Novel

Despite its promising premise, The Heart Goes Last isn’t as unsettling, or gripping, as it could be, and lacks the inventiveness of its predecessors.

The Sparrow Sisters
Bookreporter : The Sparrow Sisters (September 28, 2015)

A spectacular debut... The sisters are delightful characters, and Henry is reminiscent of a lovesick schoolboy, making him an endearing man everyone wants to root for.

1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History

More than a chronicle, far more dramatic and immediate than a mere historical account, Winik’s tome is bound to evoke painful memories, arouse old controversies and strike a chorus of patriotism.

The Killing Kind
Bookreporter : The Killing Kind (September 28, 2015)

As the pages quickly dwindled away, I thought that the ending was either going to seem rushed or be one of those 'to be continued' conclusions. I was wrong on both counts. Holm’s pacing is nearly perfect from beginning to end.

The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives

To read Theresa Brown's account of her work is to develop an instant respect and admiration for the nursing profession in general and for Brown in particular.... Anyone who reads THE SHIFT will have a much better understanding of how modern medicine is practiced.

Under the Udala Trees

I ache for a canon of Okparanta's writing. She is sensitive, incisive and poignant. The fiction is well-paced, the narrative deft and engaging; she addresses her subject matter with solidarity gentle enough for those who are familiar with it and fierce clarity for those who have yet to learn.

Eileen: A Novel
Bookreporter : Eileen (September 29, 2015)

What makes Eileen so unique...is how easily it could have been a short story or a novella, and yet it works perfectly as a novel.

After the Parade: A Novel
Bookreporter : After the Parade (October 03, 2015)

After The Parade is a skillful blend of small moments and big ideas, all centered on a memorable and genuinely sympathetic character whose story of letting go and finding home will resonate with readers for a very long time.

The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944

The Conquering Tide more than lives up to the scope of its subject.... it does an outstanding job of setting the stage for each conflict and presenting it in rich and powerful detail.

Girl in the Woods

A powerful story that is doing important work and can offer countless young women a model of one way to discover hidden strengths and resilience.

The Murder House
Bookreporter : The Murder House (October 03, 2015)

Patterson and Ellis provide a great number of twists and turns along the way, creating, even at this late point in the season, a beach read that is suitable for vacation at any time of the year.

The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible

This is a book not only for word nerds, but also for those interested in issues relating to politics and religion. Kushner shows us how words and translation form the foundation of the ideas and values we hold dear.

Little Black Lies

Little Black Lies is an intriguing book, which weaves in the backdrop of the Falklands Islands very effectively.

An Event in Autumn: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

This short novella, a crime story about a buried victim and a buried crime, successfully carries us from beginning to end in contemplative, smooth-flowing and psychologically observant narrative.

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories

Where the world is consistently terrible, the people Marra fills it with are occasionally kind, occasionally joyous, occasionally funny.

Carry On

In Carry On, she has, well, carried on: Creating real, warm, complex characters doing the hard work of growing into themselves, with all the messy beauty that entails.

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps

This novella is incredibly dense and it’s definitely not an easy read, but it’s ultimately rewarding (as well as devastating) in a myriad of ways.

Carry On

It's a brilliant first (official) foray into fantasy for Rowell, and I really hope she writes more.

The Gates of Evangeline

In fact, this is a great story – spooky, intense, and heartbreaking.