• FICTION

    THE COVE

    APRIL 10, 2012

FICTION

THE COVE

by Ron Rash

Even better than the bestselling Serena (2008), for here Rash has elevated melodrama to tragedy. Full review >

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    BLOODLAND

    FEB. 1, 2012

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

BLOODLAND

by Alan Glynn

His prose spare but spirited, Glynn (Winterland, 2011, etc.) spins an all-too-likely tale of secrets, lies and power... Full review >

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    ACCIDENTS OF PROVIDENCE

    FEB. 14, 2012

FICTION

ACCIDENTS OF PROVIDENCE

by Stacia M. Brown

A romping good read that is character-driven yet intellectually provocative on issues of law, religion and... Full review >

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    AMERICAN DERVISH

    JAN. 9, 2012

FICTION

AMERICAN DERVISH

by Ayad Akhtar

Engaging and accessible, thoughtful without being daunting: This may be the novel that brings Muslim-American fiction into... Full review >

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    ARCADIA

    MARCH 1, 2012

FICTION

ARCADIA

by Lauren Groff

As a follow-up to Groff’s well-received debut (The Monsters of Templeton, 2008), this novel is a structural conundrum,... Full review >

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    AEROGRAMMES

    APRIL 5, 2012

FICTION

AEROGRAMMES

by Tania James

At every turn, James’ prose is crisp, observant and carefully controlled; unlike the narrator of “Escape Key,” who grows... Full review >

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    CITY OF THE LOST

    JAN. 3, 2012

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

CITY OF THE LOST

by Stephen Blackmoore

A head-shakingly perfect blend of zombie schlock, deadpan wit, startling profanity, desperate improvisation and inventive... Full review >

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    THE BOOK OF JONAS

    MARCH 15, 2012

FICTION

THE BOOK OF JONAS

by Stephen Dau

A charity sends Jonas to live with the Martins, an evangelical family in Pennsylvania. There he attends high school, an... Full review >

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    THE BEDLAM DETECTIVE

    FEB. 7, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

THE BEDLAM DETECTIVE

by Stephen Gallagher

Gallagher loves character development but respects plotting enough to give it full measure. The result is that rare beast, a... Full review >

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    CANADA

    MAY 22, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

CANADA

by Richard Ford

At the start of the novel’s coda, when Dell explains that he teaches his students “books that to me seem secretly about my... Full review >

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    THE COLDEST NIGHT

    APRIL 3, 2012

FICTION

THE COLDEST NIGHT

by Robert Olmstead

An exceptionally fine study of love, war and the double-edged role of memory, which can both sustain and destroy.... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    ABSOLUTION

    APRIL 12, 2012

FICTION

ABSOLUTION

by Patrick Flanery

Complex in theme, complex in narrative, this is a masterful literary exploration of the specter of conscience and the... Full review >

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    BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK

    MAY 1, 2012

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    CHILDREN IN REINDEER WOODS

    APRIL 17, 2012

FICTION

CHILDREN IN REINDEER WOODS

by Kristín Ómarsdóttir & translated by Lytton Smith

This is the first of Icelandic author Ómarsdóttir’s novels to appear in English, and it shouldn’t be the last. Somewhere in... Full review >

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    BRING UP THE BODIES

    MAY 22, 2012

FICTION

BRING UP THE BODIES

by Hilary Mantel

The inventiveness of Mantel’s language is the chief draw here; the plot, as such, will engage only the most determined of... Full review >

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    THE COLDEST WAR

    JULY 17, 2012

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    CALIBAN'S WAR

    JUNE 1, 2012

FICTION

CALIBAN'S WAR

by James S.A. Corey

Independently intelligible but best appreciated after volume one—and with a huge surprise twist in the last sentence. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    CLIFF WALK

    MAY 22, 2012

FICTION

CLIFF WALK

by Bruce DeSilva

As in Mulligan’s hard-nosed debut, the real star here is Providence, which the author knows intimately. Full review >

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    THE BOOK OF MISCHIEF

    SEPT. 4, 2012

FICTION

THE BOOK OF MISCHIEF

by Steve Stern

Stern weaves an intricate and clever web of stories steeped in both sacred and mundane Jewish culture. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    THE APOCALYPSE CODEX

    JULY 3, 2012

FICTION

THE APOCALYPSE CODEX

by Charles Stross

Readers familiar with Stross' dazzling science fiction should relish this change of pace and direction. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    CITY OF WOMEN

    AUG. 7, 2012

FICTION

CITY OF WOMEN

by David R. Gillham

The blond beauty is Sigrid, a stenographer living alone with her unpleasant mother-in-law while her husband, Kaspar, serves... Full review >

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    DEAD ANYWAY

    SEPT. 15, 2012

FICTION

DEAD ANYWAY

by Chris Knopf

An absorbing update of the classic film, D.O.A., that finds its author so completely in the zone that not a word is wasted,... Full review >

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    THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

    SEPT. 11, 2012

FICTION

THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

by Jonas Jonasson

A great cure for the blues, especially for anyone who might feel bad about growing older. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    BUILDING STORIES

    OCT. 2, 2012

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

BUILDING STORIES

by Chris Ware

A dazzling document, beautifully if most idiosyncratically drawn; in this iteration, sure to become a collector’s item,... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    BLASPHEMY

    OCT. 2, 2012

FICTION

BLASPHEMY

by Sherman Alexie

Whether recent or from his earliest period, these pieces show Alexie at his best: as an interpreter and observer, always... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    THE BUZZARD TABLE

    NOV. 20, 2012

FICTION

THE BUZZARD TABLE

by Margaret Maron

Maron (Three-Day Town, 2011, etc.) adroitly melds ugly American (open) government secrets with classic whodunit intrigue and... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    THE CASSANDRA PROJECT

    NOV. 6, 2012

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

THE CASSANDRA PROJECT

by Jack McDevitt ; Mike Resnick

A top-notch, edge-of-the-seat thriller in which there are no villains, only mysteries. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    HOPE: A TRAGEDY

    JAN. 12, 2012

FICTION

HOPE: A TRAGEDY

by Shalom Auslander

Brutal, irreverent and very funny. An honest-to-goodness heir to Portnoy’s Complaint. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    DEFENDING JACOB

    FEB. 1, 2012

FICTION

DEFENDING JACOB

by William Landay

Landay is yet another lawyer-turned-writer, and it’s inevitable that he’ll be compared to Scott Turow, but this novel... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    EXPEDITION TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON

    JAN. 24, 2012

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    EDGE OF DARK WATER

    MARCH 25, 2012

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

EDGE OF DARK WATER

by Joe R. Lansdale

The river, the raft, a stash of money coveted by bad guys, nonstop adventures that edify, terrify and deepen the bond... Full review >

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    A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME

    APRIL 17, 2012

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    I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER

    FEB. 14, 2012

FICTION

I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER

by Sophie Kinsella

Screwball romance with a likable and vulnerable heroine. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    HAND ME DOWN

    APRIL 12, 2012

FICTION

HAND ME DOWN

by Melanie Thorne

Failed by the adults in her life and forced to be the grown-up when she should be experiencing first dates and football... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

    MARCH 13, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

by Brad Parks

With his third featuring brash, breezy, unflappable Carter (Eyes of the Innocent, 2011, etc.), Parks propels himself to a... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    I AM AN EXECUTIONER

    APRIL 10, 2012

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    THE KILLING MOON

    MAY 1, 2012

FICTION

THE KILLING MOON

by N.K. Jemisin

Tends toward the claustrophobic at times, but superior and fulfilling. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    HAPPINESS IS A CHEMICAL IN THE BRAIN

    MAY 7, 2012

FICTION

HAPPINESS IS A CHEMICAL IN THE BRAIN

by Lucia Perillo

Emotionally unflinching stories of considerable power, wonder and humor. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    KINGDOM COME

    MARCH 5, 2012

FICTION

KINGDOM COME

by J.G. Ballard

Ballard writes brilliantly about the nightmarish underside of modern life, and this novel makes us poignantly aware of the... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    FALLEN ANGELS

    APRIL 1, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

FALLEN ANGELS

by Connie Dial

A veteran cop herself, Dial (The Broken Blue Line, 2010, etc.) does authenticity to the max, and readers will like that. But... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    KINGS OF MIDNIGHT

    APRIL 10, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

KINGS OF MIDNIGHT

by Wallace Stroby

Once again Stroby demonstrates how adept he is at making readers empathize with the essentially unworthy. Full review >

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    HELL OR HIGH WATER

    JULY 17, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

HELL OR HIGH WATER

by Joy Castro

Castro’s first mystery is fierce and intense, with both harrowing depictions of New Orleans after Katrina and psychological... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    ISTANBUL PASSAGE

    MAY 29, 2012

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

ISTANBUL PASSAGE

by Joseph Kanon

With dialogue that can go off like gunfire and a streak of nostalgia that feels timeless, this book takes its place among... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    GONE GIRL

    JUNE 5, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

GONE GIRL

by Gillian Flynn

One of those rare thrillers whose revelations actually intensify its suspense instead of dissipating it. The final pages are... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    THE INVESTIGATION

    JULY 10, 2012

FICTION

THE INVESTIGATION

by Philippe Claudel ; translated by John Cullen

A technocratic Kafka nightmare—heavy on surreal diagnosis of the world’s ills, light on the traditional rewards of... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    THE DREAM OF THE CELT

    JUNE 12, 2012

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    HOSTAGE

    AUG. 24, 2012

FICTION

HOSTAGE

by Elie Wiesel & translated by Catherine Temerson

Nobel Peace Prize winner Wiesel continues to remind us of the brilliant possibilities of the philosophical and political... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    THE INFINITE TIDES

    JUNE 19, 2012

FICTION

THE INFINITE TIDES

by Christian Kiefer

A wonderfully executed debut novel, so rich as to inspire rereading, right down to its inevitable resolution, both ironic... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    THE GARDEN OF EVENING MISTS

    SEPT. 4, 2012

FICTION

THE GARDEN OF EVENING MISTS

by Tan Twan Eng

Grace and empathy infuse this melancholy landscape of complex loyalties enfolded by brutal history, creating a novel of... Full review >

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    THE KINGMAKER'S DAUGHTER

    AUG. 14, 2012

FICTION

THE KINGMAKER'S DAUGHTER

by Philippa Gregory

Although their fates are known, Gregory creates suspense by raising intriguing questions about whether her characters will... Full review >

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    A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING

    JUNE 19, 2012

FICTION

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING

by Dave Eggers

Even so, Eggers’ fiction has evolved in the past decade. This book is firm proof that social concerns can make for resonant... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    ILLUMINATIONS

    OCT. 9, 2012

FICTION

ILLUMINATIONS

by Mary Sharratt

The ideal companion to the elevation of Hildegard by the pontiff who rebuked American nuns for their outspokenness, an irony... Full review >

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    THE GREAT ESCAPE

    JULY 10, 2012

ROMANCE

THE GREAT ESCAPE

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Offers humor, heart and characters you’ll cheer for. Romantic women’s fiction at its best. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    THE FALLEN ANGEL

    JULY 17, 2012

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE FALLEN ANGEL

by Daniel Silva

It’s a grand entertainment to watch Silva putting Gabriel Allon’s skills to work, whether shedding blood or daubing varnish.... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    THE HERMETIC MILLENNIA

    DEC. 24, 2012

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    DEAR LIFE

    NOV. 13, 2012

FICTION

DEAR LIFE

by Alice Munro

The author knows what matters, and the stories pay attention to it. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    POISON FLOWER

    MARCH 1, 2012

FICTION

POISON FLOWER

by Thomas Perry

Jane has so little trouble breaking James Shelby, framed for murdering his wife, out of police custody at the Clara... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    THE SCAR

    FEB. 28, 2012

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

THE SCAR

by Sergey Dyachenko & Marina Dyachenko

A truly spellbinding work even audiences jaded by standard U.S./U.K. fantasy will devour. Kudos to the publishers for taking... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    RAINSHADOW ROAD

    FEB. 28, 2012

FICTION

RAINSHADOW ROAD

by Lisa Kleypas

Strengthened by characters with depth and something interesting to say, this winning first installment in a trilogy is sure... Full review >

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    THE PROFESSIONALS

    MARCH 29, 2012

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    RANGE OF GHOSTS

    MARCH 27, 2012

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    RIZZO'S DAUGHTER

    MARCH 13, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

RIZZO'S DAUGHTER

by Lou Manfredo

Good cops, bent cops, tormented and demented cops, cops of every description inhabit Rizzo’s world, all of them utterly... Full review >

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    THE STOCKHOLM OCTAVO

    OCT. 23, 2012

FICTION

THE STOCKHOLM OCTAVO

by Karen Engelmann

The setup is wonderfully engrossing; the denouement doesn’t deliver quite enough. But this is stylish work by an author of... Full review >

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    THE UNDERTOW

    MAY 15, 2012

FICTION

THE UNDERTOW

by Jo Baker

Immediate, poignant and rarely predictable, this searchingly observant work captures a huge terrain of personal aspiration... Full review >

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    MY FIRST SUICIDE

    MAY 15, 2012

FICTION

MY FIRST SUICIDE

by Jerzy Pilch & translated by David Frick

It’s hard to do justice to the outré and eccentric but gorgeous quality of Pilch’s prose. Here he manages to pull off some... Full review >

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    TELL THE WOLVES I'M HOME

    JUNE 19, 2012

FICTION

TELL THE WOLVES I'M HOME

by Carol Rifka Brunt

There is much to admire in this novel. The subtle insight on sibling rivalry and the examination of love make for a poignant... Full review >

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    THE SOLITARY HOUSE

    MAY 1, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

THE SOLITARY HOUSE

by Lynn Shepherd

Shepherd offers an intricate plot and a thousand details of the least-admirable side of Victorian life. A must-read. Full review >

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    OFFICE GIRL

    JULY 17, 2012

FICTION

OFFICE GIRL

by Joe Meno

A sweetheart of a novel, complete with a hazy ending. Full review >

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    THE SANDCASTLE GIRLS

    JULY 17, 2012

FICTION

THE SANDCASTLE GIRLS

by Chris Bohjalian

A gruesome, unforgettable exposition of the still too-little-known facts of the Armenian genocide and its multigenerational... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN

    JULY 31, 2012

FICTION

IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN

by Vaddey Ratner

Often lyrical, sometimes a bit ponderous: a painful, personal record of Cambodia’s holocaust. Full review >

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    THE PROPHET

    AUG. 7, 2012

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE PROPHET

by Michael Koryta

A compulsively readable novel about brothers on opposite sides of life. Full review >

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    TELEGRAPH AVENUE

    SEPT. 11, 2012

FICTION

TELEGRAPH AVENUE

by Michael Chabon

The evocation of “Useless, by James Joyce” attests to the humor and ambition of the novel, as if this were a Joyce-an remix... Full review >

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    SIMPLE

    AUG. 21, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

SIMPLE

by Kathleen George

George’s all-too-familiar story is so richly observed, subtly characterized, precisely written—her syncopated paragraphs are... Full review >

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    THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER

    SEPT. 11, 2012

FICTION

THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER

by Junot Díaz

Not as ambitious as Díaz’s Pulitzer Prize winner, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007), but sharply observed and... Full review >

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    THREE STRONG WOMEN

    AUG. 7, 2012

FICTION

THREE STRONG WOMEN

by Mary NDiaye & translated by John Fletcher

Unrelenting in its anger, pain and sorrow, but hard to put down. Full review >

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    THE ORCHARDIST

    AUG. 21, 2012

FICTION

THE ORCHARDIST

by Amanda Coplin

Superb work from an abundantly gifted young writer. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    THE SURVIVOR

    AUG. 21, 2012

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE SURVIVOR

by Gregg Hurwitz

A fine thriller that succeeds on every level. How often do you read about a hero who just wants to die in peace? Full review >

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    SOMETHING RED

    SEPT. 18, 2012

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    THE THING ITSELF

    OCT. 1, 2012

FICTION

THE THING ITSELF

by Peter Guttridge

Guttridge’s third Brighton thriller is so well-written that it would be well worth your time even if it were not such a... Full review >

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    SAY YOU'RE SORRY

    OCT. 2, 2012

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

SAY YOU'RE SORRY

by Michael Robotham

Subtle, smart, compelling and blessed with both an intelligent storyline and top-notch writing, this book will grab readers... Full review >

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    PHANTOM

    OCT. 2, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

PHANTOM

by Jo Nesbø

Where earlier novels provide a better introduction to Hole, this one best takes the full measure of the man. Full review >

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    THE NEWS FROM SPAIN

    OCT. 11, 2012

FICTION

THE NEWS FROM SPAIN

by Joan Wickersham

Short stories don’t get much better than this, and for once, the overarching framework strengthens rather than dissipates... Full review >

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    LENIN'S KISSES

    OCT. 2, 2012

FICTION

LENIN'S KISSES

by Yan Lianke & translated by Carlos Rojas

A satirical masterpiece, very funny for all its footnotes. You can bet the authorities in Beijing are scratching their heads... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    TARNISHED KNIGHT

    OCT. 2, 2012

FICTION

TARNISHED KNIGHT

by Jack Campbell

All the more impressive for being a significant departure from previous entries. Full review >

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    LAZARUS IS DEAD

    SEPT. 25, 2012

FICTION

LAZARUS IS DEAD

by Richard Beard

Beard’s take on Lazarus is nothing less than astonishing—and he respects the reader by taking religion and religious... Full review >

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    SOMEBODY TO LOVE

    APRIL 24, 2012

FICTION

SOMEBODY TO LOVE

by Kristan Higgins

Romance star Higgins pens a near pitch-perfect blend of comedy and touching emotion with this delightful winner. Full review >

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    WISH YOU WERE HERE

    APRIL 17, 2012

FICTION

WISH YOU WERE HERE

by Graham Swift

Profound empathy and understated eloquence mark a novel so artfully nuanced that the last few pages send the reader back to... Full review >

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    A WOMAN OF CONSEQUENCE

    APRIL 10, 2012

FICTION

A WOMAN OF CONSEQUENCE

by Anna Dean

The third in Dean’s series is another delight, complete with perfect regency prose and an excellent mystery. Full review >

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    THE YEAR OF THE GADFLY

    MAY 8, 2012

FICTION

THE YEAR OF THE GADFLY

by Jennifer Miller

A gripping thrill ride that’s also a thoughtful coming-of-age story. Full review >

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    THE YELLOW BIRDS

    SEPT. 11, 2012

FICTION

THE YELLOW BIRDS

by Kevin Powers

Powers writes with a rawness that brings the sights and smells as well as the trauma and decay of war home to the reader. Full review >

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    WE'RE FLYING

    AUG. 14, 2012

FICTION

WE'RE FLYING

by Peter Stamm translated by Michael Hofmann

For those who have an affinity for metaphysical fiction written with a surgeon’s precision, this collection will spur... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD

    AUG. 14, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD

by Laura Lippman

Like Mary Cassatt, Lippman studies families with a different eye than her male contemporaries, showing the heartbreaking... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    ZOO TIME

    OCT. 16, 2012

FICTION

ZOO TIME

by Howard Jacobson

Guy’s not a lucky guy, to be sure, but if there’s justice, Jacobson will enjoy best-sellerdom in his place with this latest... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    YOUNG PHILBY

    NOV. 13, 2012

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