Books by Sam Taylor

FOUR SOLDIERS by Hubert Mingarelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Spare, matter-of-fact and masterfully controlled, this is a novel as noteworthy for what it leaves out—politics, purpose for fighting, anything that reflects on the world at large—as for what it includes."
Four young soldiers find comfort and a sense of belonging with each other that at least one of them has never experienced before. Read full book review >
THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 3 by Riad Sattouf
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"To be continued in a new country that promises even more culture shock for the family—and hopefully as much potency as the first volume."
Further episodes in the author's boyhood as illuminated through this highly praised, multivolume graphic memoir. Read full book review >
HUNTING THE TRUTH by Beate Klarsfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"With bravery and chutzpah, a husband and wife demonstrate that there's no moral compromise with history."
In a joint memoir, a pair of notable Nazi hunters review their half-century of disputing acceptance of mass murderers in decent society. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT NANNY by Leila Slimani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"The why of this horrific crime remains unfathomable, rendering it all the more frightening."
This novel about a murderous nanny, Moroccan author Slimani's first to be published in the U.S., was awarded the 2016 Priz Goncourt. Read full book review >
SPECIAL ENVOY by Jean Echenoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Fans of Echenoz will recognize his signature playfulness and affection for the offbeat caper—in this case, one that won't please the brass in Pyongyang."
A shaggy tale that blends spy-novel pastiche with today's headlines. Read full book review >
P.S. FROM PARIS by Marc Levy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Breezy and fast-paced, this romantic comedy is a bonbon of delicious, albeit mostly empty, calories."
Can British film star Mia Barlow and American novelist Paul Barton turn their unlikely friendship into romance in the City of Light? Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE by Laurent Binet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A clever and surprisingly action-packed attempt to merge abstruse theory and crime drama."
A famous semiotician has been killed. Call the police! And the post-structuralists! Read full book review >
MANDERLEY FOREVER by Tatiana de Rosnay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"An average biography. Jane Dunn's Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters (2014) takes a more capacious and satisfying look at the life."
A familiar portrait of the prolific British writer. Read full book review >
YOU WILL NOT HAVE MY HATE by Antoine Leiris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Courageous and inspirational, without a wasted word."
A book that no one would ever want to write proves powerfully, painfully difficult to read. Read full book review >
A MEAL IN WINTER by Hubert Mingarelli
Released: July 5, 2016

"The command of tone and voice sustains tension until the very last page of a novel that will long resonate in the reader's conscience."
A simple Holocaust story presents a complex moral equation. Read full book review >
CHARLOTTE by David Foenkinos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2016

"A searing portrait of a brilliant artist that doesn't reveal anything new about its subject."
Charlotte Salomon, a real-life German Jewish artist, created a small but radiant body of work before dying in the Holocaust. Read full book review >
THE HEART by Maylis de Kerangal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A sophisticated medical drama whose pulse-pounding strength diminishes a touch too quickly."
Doctors and other medical experts hasten to prepare a young man's organs for transplant and reckon with the need to be both compassionate and precise in a hurry. Read full book review >
AFTER THE CRASH by Michel Bussi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Lots of initial promise, but the plot proves improbable and the execution melodramatic."
A plane crash and the identity of its lone survivor form the delicious premise for Bussi's novel. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF REINVENTION by Karine Tuil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Hard to believe this glib piece of work was a Prix Goncourt finalist."
French bestseller Tuil makes her U.S. debut with a slick tale about a high-powered New York lawyer whose past catches up with him. Read full book review >
A PARIS AFFAIR by Tatiana de Rosnay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Stylized sketches rather than fully realized fiction."
De Rosnay's stories demonstrate 11 ways to deceive and/or leave your lover. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR by Joel Dicker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2014

"He doubtless was hoping, like his characters, for a best-seller, and he'll probably succeed on these shores as well with this sprawling, likable whodunit, obvious ballast for the summer's beach totes."
A missing girl, small-town secrets and literary ambition drive this busy, entertaining debut thriller, already a best-seller in Europe. Read full book review >
HHhH by Sam Taylor
Kirkus Star
translated by Sam Taylor, by Laurent Binet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Binet deserves great kudos for retrieving this fateful, half-forgotten episode, spotlighting Nazi infamy, celebrating its resisters, and delivering the whole with panache."
The evergreen allure of Nazis as the embodiment of evil is what drives this French author's soul-stirring work: a hybrid of fact and meta-fiction that won the Prix Goncourt in 2010. Read full book review >
THE AMNESIAC by Sam Taylor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2008

"An emulous theme wrapped in a lumbering package."
Taylor (The Republic of Trees, 2005, etc.) explores the complexities and meaning of memory in this psychological thriller. Read full book review >