May 19, 2013
Katarina “Kat” Bishop, a sixteen-year-old version of Danny Ocean himself, has had a 'colorful' past for one so young. The product of a long line of con men and thieves, Kat has seen -- and stolen -- more priceless artifacts than most people see in their lives.
May 18, 2013
So glad to be back in Star Harbor for another visit with the 'Bad Boy' Grayson brothers. In books one and two of this series by Elisabeth Barrett, Deep Autumn Heat and Blaze of Winter, Theo and Seb settle into very loving relationships. Long Simmering Spring introduces Cole in a way we’ve never seen him before.
May 15, 2013
Jonathan Evison's The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving tells the story of Benjamin Benjamin, a somewhat unremarkable character whose career (if you can call it that) as a caregiver to a young man with muscular dystrophy belies a dark past and its rippling effect on his misery and self-regard.
May 13, 2013
Jojo Moyes's Me Before You is that rare and wonderful kind of love story that details a twenty-first century romance that never becomes sentimental or dramatic.
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 3, 2013
By now, all the literary fiction fans and book club members have been thoroughly alerted: Life After Life by English novelist Kate Atkinson is an absolute must-read. And rightfully so. So if you're one of the few who hasn't read it, here's yet another reason to reconsider.
April 30, 2013
You know a Woman Upstairs; maybe you are one. As the narrator of Messud’s startling new novel, Nora Eldridge, defines her, she is 'the quiet woman at the end of the third-floor hallway whose trash is always tidy, who smiles rightly in the stairwell with a cheerful greeting, and who, from behind closed doors, never makes a sound.'
April 29, 2013
Dance Dance Dance is a prime example of what makes Haruki Murakami such a wonderful and unique author. The story and the writing sparkle, blurring the line between the dream and waking worlds, before obliterating it altogether.
April 28, 2013
Morrill's debut novel is a romantic comedy befitting dreamy bookworms with a taste for screwball. Consider this literary confection the equivalent of a Cadbury cream egg – a brightly wrapped sweet treat that tugs at the heartstrings of the Anglophile in all of us.
April 18, 2013
At first glance, you might think you know what’s going to happen in Gone, a literary page-turner about a middle-aged nutritionist, Eve Adams, and her husband Eric, who drives the hot babysitter home one night and doesn’t return. But novelist Cathi Hanauer avoids cliché and digs deep into the truths behind so many seemingly perfect modern marriages.
April 14, 2013
Lauren Buckland, the editor who first came across seventeen-year-old sensation Beth Reekles’ novel, recounts the experience of finding something so wonderful.
April 13, 2013
Megan Frampton's Hero of My Heart is the story of two heroes, one woman, one man, each taking turns being heroic while the other falls apart.
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.
April 4, 2013
At the core of the definition of the word 'trap' is the idea that something is inescapable. Mackenzie Bezos’ new novel, Traps, plays off of this idea as she presents four women, all trapped in their own ways, each living her life as though there is no way out.
March 28, 2013
Like his two previous novels, Plainsong and Eventide, Haruf’s magnificent Benediction returns to familiar territory: the small town of Holt on the high plains of Colorado, where the sky is enormous, the vistas wide, the town flat and spare, the regular small complaint and recover of the porch swing the ambient sound.