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Broken Homes & Gardens by Rebecca Kelley

Rebecca Kelley teaches writing at the Oregon College of Art & Craft and lives in Portland with her husband and daughter. She is also the co-author of The Eco-nomical Baby Guide. Broken Homes & Gardens is her first novel...

Review: The Fever by Megan Abbott

High school provides all the drama. Classrooms and hallways house gossip, proclamations of sex, and scandals. Secrets spill from tightly sealed lips, and loyalties break in an instant. When you think about it, isn’t a high scho...

Review: California by Edan Lepucki

Creating an apocalyptic U.S. seems to be the going trend in contemporary American literature. Some of the greats have already given their contribution to the genre. Cormac McCarthy did it so beautifully in The Road. Colson Whit...

Review: Friendship by Emily Gould

For your summer reading pleasure, here’s a perfect book to take to the beach, on the train, or to the doctor’s office: Friendship by Emily Gould. It’s just right if you’re a 30-year-old woman, like me and like Gould’s main char...

Review: The Devil’s Workshop by Alex Grecian

Alex Grecian’s latest novel, The Devil’s Workshop, is the third in his Scotland Yard Murder Squad series. Like the previous two books, The Devil’s Workshop features Inspector Walter Day and Constable Nevil Hammersmith as protag...

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Clay finds himself employed as the night shift clerk at the weirdest bookstore in the world with incredibly odd patrons.

Review: A Kiss Doesn’t Lie by Robin Alexander

With more than a dozen novels under her belt, Louisiana resident Robin Alexander has created a roller coaster of an adventure tale with her novel A Kiss Doesn’t Lie. Dr. Nicolas Grant was never really there; even when he ...

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Most book lovers harbor a secret desire to own a bookstore. We’ve all imagined how we’d arrange each section just so, and we’ve pictured the joy that sharing our love for books with others would bring. That’s why the novel The ...

Review: A Star for Mrs. Blake

Overshadowed by the losses sustained in the Civil War and World War II, the United States’ involvement in World War I is often overlooked. Yet, according to a PBS source, 116,516 soldiers lost their lives in The Great War. Over...

Review: Layla by Nina de la Mer

Nina de la Mer is a Scottish novelist now based in Brighton, England. Her previous novel, 4 a.m., about a pair of young British army chefs posted to Germany, was published in 2011. She earned praise for capturing the slang-fill...

Review: What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin

Born Melinda Cheryl Jacobson (a name she changed because “it sounds uptight and prissy”) in Chicago, Linda Yellin started off as a copywriter in the advertising industry and gradually moved into radio and print journalism. She ...
 
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Review: Under the Same Stars by Tim Lott

Somewhere between the high culture of the Cain and Abel story (via both Genesis and John Steinbeck’s East of Eden) and the low culture of a buddy road trip flick lies Under the Same Stars by Tim Lott. Despite the cheesy title a...

Review: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012), Rachel Joyce’s debut novel, is the deceptively simple tale of a sixty-something-year-old man who steps out of his Devon home to mail a letter but ends up walking to Berwick-on-Tweed...

Review: Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

Spitfire American novelist Lionel Shriver isn’t known for her subtlety or political correctness. Instead she cannily skewers the major issues that are at the forefront – or that have been relegated to the collective back of the...

Books for Summer Reading: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashears

Looking for books for summer reading? The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashears is the perfect heartwarming pick for your beach bag.