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“perfect summer reading for all of us who desperately need a break from the stress and worry of today’s modern world and depend on the creative power of writers to deliver it to us.”

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“Barzini mythologizes the Valley of the ’90s, as well as her own adolescence. With her unpretentious yet stylized language she turns the mundane into something sacred.”

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“a positive and highly successful attempt at helping readers grasp the enormity of the refugee problem . . . by pinpointing one individual’s struggles.”

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The desperate lives of Christians in many Muslim majority countries is no secret.

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First and foremost this is a book about food, which makes it a natural for chef turned writer Donia Bijan.

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“The author has done a masterful job writing Kate Warne’s story in this eye-opening novel.”

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The visceral impact of Julianne Pachico’s prose . . . is enough to convince a reader that disorder is only a rock, a knock, or a gunshot away.”

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The Schooldays of Jesus explores a striking quest for meaning.”

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“a compelling story conveying a powerful social and cultural critique along with a marvelous portrait of the beauties and wonders of Kenya . . .”

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Early in Sebastian Barry’s magnificent and boundless novel, Days Without End, young Thomas McNulty flees Ireland’s Great Famine: “I was among the destitute, the ruined, the starving. . .

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What happens to people who go through extreme trauma? What happens to their future generations as they grapple with parents and grandparents with indelible stains on their psyche?

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Charles Davis skewers Hitler and Mussolini in a witty satire that reveals the twisted personalities of two monsters whose acts of atrocity were fueled by their own inadequacies, both physical and m

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Something would have to be pretty important to draw Emily Dickinson out of her domestic seclusion, compelling her to brave the busy streets of Amherst.

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“beautiful narrative of historical fiction. . . . absorbing . . .”

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This novel is as finely tuned as the best banjo played by 19-year-old runaway slave Henry Sims.

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Gorsky is an homage to The Great Gatsby, with an interesting premise, but author Vesna Goldsworthy lacks subtlety in crafting this tribute.

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Kate Atkinson is a brilliant novelist, an historian, a tease, a practical joker; she’s empathetic, adventuresome, erudite. By now she's also probably quite wealthy . . . and with good reason.

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“It’s likely that Atkinson is looking at another award winner with A God in Ruins.”

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“. . . a deft narrative of madness, murder, and love against the background of the English-Dutch war.”

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Reeling from the humiliation of being dumped by her fiancé Samuel for someone outside of their circle, devoted Quaker Honor Bright decides to join her newly betrothed sister Grace on her trip from

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“Péter Nadás may infuriate readers accustomed to a Tolstoyan resolution of a series of interrelated stories and characters and times and settings.

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“Umberto Eco is one of just a handful of writers that can be trusted to take me by the hand and lead me into a world that, on first glimpse, I don’t want to venture into.

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“This review’s brief synopsis cannot possibly convey the novel’s wealth of detail and interconnected plot elements that demand attentive reading. . . .

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“. . . the truth it presents is compelling, and the characters—both place and people—are worth knowing.”

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