• NONFICTION

    ARSONIST

    JULY 10, 2011

NONFICTION

ARSONIST

by Nathan Allen

A dense, somewhat unfocused historical tale that boasts compelling characters and a plot that ultimately packs a wallop. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE NAME OF THE RIDER

    SEPT. 1, 2011

FICTION

THE NAME OF THE RIDER

by Michael Brooke

An entertaining tale of an off-kilter mind coping with shady surroundings, told with literary flair. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    PROPHETS OF THE GHOST ANTS

    MAY 5, 2011

FICTION

PROPHETS OF THE GHOST ANTS

by Clark Thomas Carlton

The wobbly science of its premise notwithstanding, this is a fascinating, enjoyable sci-fi yarn. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    GIVING GOOD HOLLYWOOD

    FEB. 7, 2011

FICTION

GIVING GOOD HOLLYWOOD

by Chris Culler

A wonderful, quick-witted alternative to the typical romance novel. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    DISASTERS

    JAN. 13, 2011

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

DISASTERS

by Asim K. Dasgupta

A fine disaster tour-guide, replete with interesting factoids and vivid reportage. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE HOUSE THAT WAR MINISTER BUILT

    SEPT. 20, 2011

  • FICTION

    THE GHOSTS OF WATT O'HUGH

    JUNE 28, 2011

FICTION

THE GHOSTS OF WATT O'HUGH

by Steven S. Drachman

Fast-paced, energetic and fun; a dime novel for modern intellectuals. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE RELUCTANT MARTYR

    DEC. 31, 2010

FICTION

THE RELUCTANT MARTYR

by Rick Elliott

Unpolished but intricate and fun, even as the plot turns tragic. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MAGPIE

    OCT. 1, 2011

FICTION

MAGPIE

by Curt Finch

Finch treats serious issues whimsically without being flippant, to deeply entertaining effect. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE WORD ON WORDS

    MARCH 31, 2011

  • FICTION

    ROCK STAR'S RAINBOW

    JAN. 1, 2010

FICTION

ROCK STAR'S RAINBOW

by Kevin Glavin

A smart, entertaining send-up of celebrity under siege. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    OH, BEAUTIFUL

    JULY 4, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

OH, BEAUTIFUL

by John Paul Godges

A satisfying, well-crafted reminder of how one family’s story can encapsulate the cultural history of America as a whole. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FERRET GIRL

    JULY 26, 2011

CHILDREN'S

FERRET GIRL

by Colin Haskin

An absolutely wonderful debut with the potential to become a YA classic. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MINDWARP

    APRIL 15, 2011

FICTION

MINDWARP

by Richard Hébert

A beguiling blend of high-concept narrative and old-school literary chops. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    SPEAKING TRUTHS

    APRIL 8, 2011

FICTION

SPEAKING TRUTHS

by Dayna Hester

Teaches and informs while remaining a compelling, nonexploitative read. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE SCHOOLMASTER SPY

THE SCHOOLMASTER SPY

by Xavier James

A fine, gripping page-turner infused with a deep historical sensibility. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    YELLOW BIRD

    JUNE 24, 2010

FICTION

YELLOW BIRD

by Linda Johnson

Old-fashioned but never stodgy; a charming story about a bygone time where even magic seems possible. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE WOODCUTTER AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TREE

    JAN. 1, 2011

CHILDREN'S

THE WOODCUTTER AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TREE

by Robb N. Johnston

Gorgeous illustrations, humorous dialogue and a moving narrative make this a stunning debut. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE VOICE OF THE DOLPHINS

    MAY 4, 2011

NONFICTION

THE VOICE OF THE DOLPHINS

by Hardy Jones

A moving, effective tale that urges readers to place greater importance on environmental conservation. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE SHIELD THAT FELL FROM HEAVEN

    JAN. 27, 2011

FICTION

THE SHIELD THAT FELL FROM HEAVEN

by William S. Kerr

A delightfully playful cross-genre novel whose science fiction is every bit as enjoyable as its historical fiction. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    LEARNING CURVES

    JUNE 17, 2011

  • FICTION

    THE GUARDIANS OF TIME

    MARCH 21, 2011

FICTION

THE GUARDIANS OF TIME

by Damian Lawrence

Lawrence does a masterful job of drawing readers into his fully realized, morally complex vision of the future. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MOTHS TO FLAME

    DEC. 3, 2009

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

MOTHS TO FLAME

by Fredric Maffei

A gripping thriller with as many twists and turns as a cross-country road trip. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    JEZEBELS OF THE EARTH

    FEB. 14, 2011

FICTION

JEZEBELS OF THE EARTH

by Wandering Meadowlark

A provocative romp that pits men against women and goddesses against God to remind us that lust is with us, maybe to the end... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    NEON DREAMS

    JAN. 1, 2011

NEON DREAMS

by Marilyn Mufson

A deftly crafted tale of an absorbing character in dire straits; readers will be pulling for Rebecca Plotnik. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE SHAKE

    SEPT. 27, 2010

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE SHAKE

by Mel Nicolai

An utterly readable fusion of vampire fiction and labyrinthine whodunit powered by a highly intelligent narrative containing... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    DEATH WITH DIGNITY

    APRIL 4, 2011

NONFICTION

DEATH WITH DIGNITY

by Robert Orfali

A lucid, powerful argument for letting dying patients go gentle into that good night. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    NO HOPE FOR GOMEZ!

    JAN. 12, 2011

FICTION

NO HOPE FOR GOMEZ!

by Graham Parke

At times laugh-out-loud funny, occasionally just weird for the sake of weird, but consistently entertaining. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE LITTLE BOOK OF MISSING MONEY

    JULY 12, 2011

NONFICTION

THE LITTLE BOOK OF MISSING MONEY

by Mary Pitman

A small book that could point readers toward big money they never knew they had. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BRIDGE OF THE SINGLE HAIR

    AUG. 15, 2011

FICTION

BRIDGE OF THE SINGLE HAIR

by Candida Pugh

A sharp coming-of-age story that makes history come alive. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    RIDDLES IN PROVENCE

    JULY 5, 2011

FICTION

RIDDLES IN PROVENCE

by Jane E.M. Robinson

A skillful blend of passion, mystery, politics and history, set in a perfectly rendered Provence. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MISFITS & HEROES

    NOV. 4, 2010

FICTION

MISFITS & HEROES

by Kathleen Flanagan Rollins

The kind of dangerous book that makes you want to remove most of your clothing, climb in a dugout and just start paddling. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    UNCERTAIN JOURNEY

    NOV. 10, 2011

FICTION

UNCERTAIN JOURNEY

by James Rouman

A subtle, absorbing portrait of the immigrant experience. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    DEMYANSK

    JUNE 3, 2011

FICTION

DEMYANSK

by Russ Schneider

Darkly entrancing tales whose pages bleed struggle, trauma and madness. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    NEWSLADY

    NOV. 5, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

NEWSLADY

by Carole Simpson

An honest, engaging self-portrait of a woman who forever changed racial and gender dynamics in media. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    SIRENS' SONGS

    JAN. 14, 2011

FICTION

SIRENS' SONGS

by Elisabeth Stevens

A triumphant and eloquent collection that never shies away from the emotional and intellectual entanglements of love and... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    JAWS: MEMORIES FROM MARTHA'S VINEYARD

    SEPT. 29, 2011

NONFICTION

JAWS: MEMORIES FROM MARTHA'S VINEYARD

by Matt Taylor

Taylor has taken his love for a specific film and turned it into something greater—a beautiful compendium of not just... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE ABOMINABLE GAYMAN

    FEB. 15, 2010

FICTION

THE ABOMINABLE GAYMAN

by Johnny Townsend

An extremely important contribution to the field of Mormon fiction, whose current growth just might make all that... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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