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“. . . a riveting, deeply affecting story that tackles the very essence of man’s struggle to understand his world and himself. . . .

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“The Family Fang is the sort of perfectly idiosyncratic thing that comes along only ever so often. . . . This book should succeed spectacularly. . . .

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“Each poem reaches a moment when the mood changes, a moment of epiphany that jolts the reader out of his comfort zone and the everyday shimmers slightly as perspectives shift.”

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“As with all great literary agitators, Mr. Palahniuk tests how far he can take his humor—and then pushes further. . . .

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“. . . it is clearly Ms. Benedict’s intention to turn stereotypes upside down, make readers squirm, and yet still keep them reading. Ms.

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“This family is so real, so understandable, so in need of comfort each in their own way, that we want to embrace them in their grief, applaud their reconciliations, and learn from their lov

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“A profound read, The Probability of Miracles depicts the harsh realities of life coupled with the pain of maturing, giving the reader much to ponder.”

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“. . . an important historical work of fiction.

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“. . . teeming with passion and steam and the love-of-a-lifetime-is-doomed tension that results in a dramatic happy ending.

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“I Knew You’d Be Lovely is an impressive offering, from a strong new voice, of stories about life’s desperation.”

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“Kate Christensen’s insights into the psyche of a middle-aged banished husband are astonishing.”

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“Camille Noe Pagán’s debut sweeps the reader up and effortlessly carries them across decades of friendship, heartache, and pain.”

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“Through comedy, Ms. Cooke deftly illustrates how, as Bob Dylan wrote, ‘The times they are a changin’.’”

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Writing a novel is always challenging.

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“. . . a pleasure to read aloud, over and over.”

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“. . . [the novel] is entirely a contemporary novel of geopolitical machinations that risks a hint of jingoism.”

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Skinny, by Diana Spechler is as divine, decadent, and sumptuous as a gourmet dessert.

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Cole Riley, an author of erotica in his own right, has written several street classics including Hot Smoke Night, The Devil to Pay, and the recent Harlem Confidential.

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J. M. Tohline’s first novel, The Great Lenore, is a beautiful book. It is beautiful in the same way that J. D. Salinger’s books are beautiful.

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The Donegal Plantation keeps its head above the muddy waters of the Mississippi by operating as a high-class restaurant and guesthouse. It is steeped in history and haunting legends.

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Charlie Hardie, an ex-cop still reeling from the revenge killing of his former partner’s entire family, fears one thing above all else: that he’ll suffer the same fate.

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Bonnie Jo Campbell (a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) takes on tough subjects in her fiction, and this tale of a rebellious wilderness girl in Michigan is no ex

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A Hard Death by Jonathan Hayes was a book unlike than those I normally review—an utterly different experience from science and health-related nonfiction; nonetheless, this mystery novel dr

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There’s enough pressure on parents to hold the perfect birthday party for a six-year-old these days, but when someone drops dead at said celebration, the goody bags are probably not going to make u

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Primarily a World War One story, but also a coming-of-age novel and a tale about fathers and sons and brothers, Andrew Krivak’s well-researched and well-told tale, The Sojourn, is a valuab

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