“The memory was like an explosion and he was inside it, living through it and it surrounded him and slowly he breathed life into it. . . . This was where he was headed. He was entering someplace.
We should ask a question of ourselves, “Why am I?” We will seek the answer through religion, philosophy, rationalism and, occasionally, a good book.
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and be loved in return.”
Alienation, teen angst, and loneliness are the themes of this debut novel by the youngest winner of Italy’s prestigious literary award, “The Prima Strega.”
Sometimes a character is left in the dark throughout an entire novel. In Tina Martin’s Secrets on Lake Drive, Monica Smith is clueless.
Katie Kampenfelt is smart, but not educated. She’s sassy, erratic, impulsive, and yet totally honest with the readers of her blog. She types away at her computer telling us the story of her life.
Vampires are hot. Looking at recent incarnations of them in movies or on television might lead a reader to think this was a new craze. Not true.
What if Franklin Delano Roosevelt, instead of winning a third term as president, had been defeated by the Republican candidate Charles Lindbergh, the celebrated aviator and “America First” isolatio
All set in the space of a day, The Infinities tells a tale of the Godleys as they gather at Arden, the family home, at the sick bed of Adam, the husband and father.
Contrary to expectations, Tolstoy’s well-known line from Anna Karenina, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” does not apply to Rachel Cusk’s nove
There are probably tens of thousands of Americans whose parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents were members of the Communist Party and its affiliated organizations in the nineteen twenties, t
Rockin’ the Bronx is a tragic tale of home-from-home and heartbreak.
If reading a suspense thriller by David Baldacci is like driving in a new Porsche, reading a private investigator thriller by S. J.
In her new novel, House Rules, Jodi Picoult serves up another courtroom drama, intricately woven through an extraordinarily detailed portrait of a family in crisis.
Five Days Apart succeeds for many reasons, not the least of which is the author’s spot-on evocation of a specific time and place: Dublin, Ireland, in the nineties.
Eddie Signwriter is a book about choices—personal, interpersonal and communal. Do we determine the course of our lives or do our environmental circumstances dicate our direction and fate?
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Dara Horn has written a novel set in the Civil War. We are given a view of the Jewish community of that time through well-developed characters who are pulled and pushed by the conflict.
The cover tag to this book reads, “The Lost Mike Hammer Sixties Novel.” It’s an appropriate definition as The Big Bang is set smack dab in the middle of that rocking decade when free love
Eleanor Glanville, a pioneering entomologist of the seventeenth century, is the subject of Fiona Mountain’s latest novel, Lady of the Butterflies.
This eminent English critic confronts those who would discard the modernist novel, whose heyday seems to have been from 1850 to 1950.
Joyce Hinnefeld’s outstanding novel, Stranger Here Below, centers around the lives of two young women, Maze, a white girl from Appalachia and her black roommate at Berea College, Mary Eliz
Bloomsbury, February 2008
There is much richness and beauty contained in this very short book. Shibli has an exquisite grasp of language that allows her to say a vast amount without writing much at all.