May 9, 2013
Elizabeth Strout is one of the keenest chroniclers of daily life and family interactions writing today. In The Burgess Boys, the excellent follow-up to her 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge, she splits her screen between small small-town Maine and New York City, particularly Park Slope, Brooklyn, to brilliant effect.
May 1, 2013
As a novelist, Nadeem Aslam possesses a unique talent for bringing a sense of compassion and hope to stories that often deal with the darker themes of our existence – specifically war and the displacement of people and families it engenders. His latest falls upon these same themes.
April 25, 2013
What are the chances that a book you start reading on assignment without much enthusiasm or desire will be the book that blows your mind? In this case, pretty high.
April 19, 2013
Toni Morrison's skills are out in full force, in the story of Macon 'Milkman' Dead and the struggles of his family.
April 9, 2013
Hoping to recover what they've lost and what they believe they deserve, Elm and Gabriel become inextricably involved in a scheme that rattles the insular art world in Allison Amend's clever book, A Nearly Perfect Copy.
April 5, 2013
Sonali Deraniyagala survived the unthinkable – her husband, sons, and parents were killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami – and spares nothing, including herself, as she conjures who and what she’s lost with indelible imagery.
March 29, 2013
Everyone has that one book that instantly becomes a favorite from the first page, the one that makes them feel every emotion, from laughter to tears, intensely, and that leaves them with the urge to reread from the minute the last page is finished. And if one is particularly lucky, one might also get his or her hands on the author of that book's memoir.
March 20, 2013
Jonathan Dee's latest book is an all-too-human redemption story of a family on the brink of disaster and one mother's struggle to climb back up.
March 18, 2013
Fans of Gone Girl will want to read one of Gillian Flynn's earlier eBooks, Dark Places, in which a maladjusted young woman revisits and questions her mother and sisters' murders and her brother's imprisonment for the crime.
March 9, 2013
New York: The Novel begins with the arrival of Dutch settlers in 1664 and ends in 2001 with the World Trade Center attack. Throughout this time, we follow the fictional Master family in New York society and the events that alter history.
March 7, 2013
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor delivers an unprecedented memoir that is earnest, humbling, and instantly inspiring. We get a sense of her contagious spirit and a better understanding of one of the most powerful women in the world.
February 22, 2013
Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford's sparse, heartbreaking tale tells of twins whose paths diverge after their parents plan a bank robbery that goes wrong.
February 18, 2013
John Banville's latest is an exploration of the past shaping the present as an aging actor reflects on an illicit affair, his tragic relationship with his daughter, and the struggle to discern the truth in memory.
February 15, 2013
What if your only child, your pride and joy, did something truly despicable? What lengths, if any, would you go to in order to protect him?
February 6, 2013
Meet Pat Peoples of Matthew Quick's novel-turned-hit-film, The Silver Linings Playbook. Pat's fresh out of the psych ward, armed with a new philosophy of life, and surrounded by flawed folks in this sad, funny, and unique look at relationships.