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Book Review: The Land of Steady Habits

March 16th, 2014
Book Review: The Land of Steady Habits

An affluent suburban family breaks apart and re-forms in this remarkably assured debut novel

Book Review: Cambridge

March 16th, 2014
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A precocious young girl and her family travel far and wide from her beloved home of Cambridge, Massachusetts

Book Review: An Unnecessary Woman

February 1st, 2014
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In chaos-plagued Beirut, a voracious reader lives an oddly fulfilling secret life

Book Review: Orfeo

January 30th, 2014
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A retired small-town music professor becomes an unlikely fugitive from the law in Richard Powers’ latest novel

Book Review: The Crane Wife

January 30th, 2014
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When an ordinary man pulls an arrow from the wing of a crane, extraordinary things begin to happen in the new novel by Patrick Ness

Book Review: Alena

January 30th, 2014
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Don’t be fooled by the “Rebecca” echoes – there’s a lot more to Rachel Pastan’s “Alena” than mere Manderley-redux

Book Review: Leaving the Sea

January 21st, 2014
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A new collection of old short stories from the writer of “The Flame Alphabet”

Book Review: Graphic the Valley

September 20th, 2013
graphic the valley

A young man born and raised in the wild of Yosemite Valley is forced into a series of confrontations with an encroaching outside world.

Book Review: An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky

September 6th, 2013
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The gap between reality and the words with which people try to capture it lies at the heart of Dan Beachy-Quick’s intelligent, lyrical novel

Book Review: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

July 15th, 2013
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A self-absorbed young Brooklyn writer (what else?) goes from relationship to relationship in search of … what, exactly?

Book Review: The Tale of Raw Head & Bloody Bones

March 30th, 2013
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Jack Wolf’s risk-taking debut explores the boundaries of insanity and rationality

Book Review: Abide with Me

March 27th, 2013

In a novel that’s not as easy as it looks, a soldier comes home to his small Vermont town from Afghanistan – and to the young woman he left behind there.

Book Review: Honor

March 20th, 2013
Book Review: Honor

The barbaric custom of ‘honor killing’ is the hinge on which best-selling author Elif Shafak’s complex new novel turns

Book Review: The Sunshine When She’s Gone

March 20th, 2013
sunshine when she’s gone

With the arrival of a new baby, a young Brooklyn couple say good-bye to sleep … and start making some very strange decisions.

Book Review: All the Light There Was

March 19th, 2013
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In this historical novel, the Armenian community of Paris negotiates the arrival of the Nazis – and a young girl navigates her first romance

Book Review: The Blue Book

March 17th, 2013

A young woman finds herself on a ship at sea with both her fiance and a mysterious man from her past, and it’s all like something you’d find in a book …

Book Review: The Carriage House

March 16th, 2013
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A patrician family copes with all kinds of disappointment in Louisa Hall’s not-at-all-disappointing debut novel

Book Review: The Average American Marriage

February 21st, 2013
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The horny, feckless narrator of Kultgen’s “The Average American Male” returns: married, with kids – and, of course, lusting after a co-worker

Book Review: A Week in Winter

February 12th, 2013

Unsure of what to do with her life, a woman turns an old stone house into an inn on the coast of Ireland, and strangers begin to gather …

Book Review: I Will Have Vengeance

February 10th, 2013
i will have vengeance

In 1931 Naples, Commissario Ricciardi pursues the most desperate of criminals, driven by an absolute commitment to justice – and helped by a gift he alone possesses.

Book Review: Ways of Going Home

February 2nd, 2013

The newest novel from the newest Chilean literary wunderkind

Book Review: The Best of Youth

January 31st, 2013

In Michael Dahlie’s new novel, an idle young millionaire ghost-writes a book for an arrogant Hollywood star

Book Review: The Illicit Happiness of Other People

January 27th, 2013
the illicit happiness of other people

The death of a talented teenage artist spins his family and friends into turmoil in Manu Joseph’s incredibly accomplished second novel.

Book Review: The Fall of the Stone City

January 26th, 2013

In the latest Ismail Kadare novel to be translated into English, an Albanian doctor invites the invading Nazis to an elaborate dinner at his house – but what exactly happens that night, to the strains of Schubert?

Book Review: The Boy

January 17th, 2013
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In Lara Santoro’s new novella, an older woman falls head-over-heels into a physical passion for a younger man – with consequences that threaten to tear her life apart

Book Review: Scenes from Early Life

January 6th, 2013
scenes from early life

A talented novelist writes the story of his husband’s family’s experiences in war-torn Bangladesh – but is it life, or art?

Book Review: A Dangerous Inheritance

December 8th, 2012
a dangerous inheritance

Historian Alison Weir’s latest novel features two young heroines, separated by 80 years but united by their fascination with one of history’s mysteries: the fate of the Princes in the Tower

Book Review: Kafka in Love

November 29th, 2012

Franz Kafka was eternally affianced but never married – maybe more in love with the concept of love than with any particular woman. A new novel intensely dramatizes the writer and his passions.

Book Review: The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up

November 27th, 2012
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Trying to mind his own business, a man at a Yankees game refuses to stand for a singing of “God Bless America” – and all Hell breaks loose.

Now in Paperback: Forever Rumpole

November 1st, 2012
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A generous collection of stories featuring John Mortimer’s immortal creation, wine-swilling judge-taunting criminal-defending barrister, Horace Rumpole of the Old Bailey

Now in Paperback: The Paperboy

October 4th, 2012
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Pete Dexter’s lean, harrowing novel of murder and ambition is coming to the big screen with a full complement of movie stars – and a new paperback edition of the book is a happy by-product.

Book Review: The Exceptions

September 29th, 2012
the exceptions

The son of a powerful crime family falls in love with a young woman in the Witness Protection Program – a young woman his family wants dead! Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Book Review: Equal of the Sun

July 21st, 2012
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16th Century Iran comes alive in a new novel

Book Review: Capital

June 15th, 2012
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In John Lanchester’s new novel, a posh London street is hit hard when the housing bubble bursts

Book Review: The Family Corleone

June 5th, 2012
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Veteran writer Ed Falco pens a prequel to “The Godfather,” featuring the rise of a crime family – and the story of a vicious strongman named Luca Brasi.

Book Review: HHhH

May 17th, 2012
Hhhh – april 2012

A popular French book about the daring assassination of a Nazi official in 1942 receives an English translation

Book Review: The Uninvited Guests

April 27th, 2012
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A darkly dazzling new Edwardian novel to tempt fans of “Downton Abbey”

Book Review: The Inquisitor

March 11th, 2012
the inquisitor

A new thriller features an implacable torturer-for-hire as its problematic protagonist.

Book Review: History of a Pleasure Seeker

March 1st, 2012
history of a pleasure seeker

In Richard Mason’s latest novel, a handsome, articulate young man takes a job with a wealthy family as tutor for their troubled son

Book Review: Watergate

February 27th, 2012

Thomas Mallon’s latest novel dramatizes the Watergate scandal that brought down the Nixon administration

Book Review: Iago

January 27th, 2012

One of Shakespeare’s greatest villains gets a novel of his own – is there creative life after the Bard?

Book Review: An Available Man

January 26th, 2012
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A befuddled widower finds himself suddenly thrust back into the dating game in Hilma Wolitzer’s latest novel

Book Review: The Dovekeepers

October 10th, 2011

An ambitious historical novel (about the Jewish fortress of Masada) from a well-loved contemporary novelist

Now in Paperback: By Nightfall

September 5th, 2011
hugh dancy

The paperback release of Michael Cunningham’s latest novel, a deft portrait of middle-aged might-have-been lust

Book Review: Happy Birthday

August 10th, 2011

In Danielle Steel’s latest, a celebrity hostess and an aging football hero both wonder if they’re too old to fall in love again.

Book Review: Mitko

July 9th, 2011
garth greenwell

A powerful debut novella about lust and the deceits of yearning.