Bearskin

Bearskin

A darkly rousing page-turner by first time author James A. McLaughlin, Bearskin introduces a violently witty, fresh new voice to the world of thrillers. When the novel opens, Rice Moore has been working for six months as the caretaker at a nature preserve in the...
Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award for A Visit From the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan’s literary merits are well established. I haven’t read A Visit From the Goon Squad yet, but as a result of my introduction to Egan via her latest...
Promise Me Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

Promise Me Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

I read a solid amount. Some books are easier than others to review. I try to review the books in the order that I read them. But sometimes, I hit a difficult review and it starts to delay me. I’m now five books behind. But Joe Biden’s book is an easy one to review...
Artemis

Artemis

When I bought The Martian a few years ago, I didn’t know it had been picked up to be made into a movie. I barely knew what the book was about. And then I couldn’t put the book down! Any avid reader will know what a treat this is. So, I was excited to pick up Weir’s...
Darktown

Darktown

Darktown by Thomas Mullen does not pull punches. It is a tour de force with no apologies. Thomas Mullen does not bend historical accuracy to create heroes or villains who fall outside the purview of historical accuracy. Do not look for idealism in Mullen’s writing—you...
Bed-Stuy Is Burning

Bed-Stuy Is Burning

I do not feel anxiety often when reading, but Brian Platzer’s debut novel set me on edge before the end of the first page. Bed-Stuy Is Burning presents a fictional account of police shooting an unarmed 12-year-old-black kid in Bed-Stuy. The shooting precipitates...
The Parking Lot Attendant: A Novel

The Parking Lot Attendant: A Novel

I’ve been a voracious reader as far back as I can remember. In second grade, I read the entire Black Stallion series by Walter Farley twice through and regretted the ending of every installment—all eighteen of them—two times over, wishing I could remain in the...
In A Dark, Dark Wood

In A Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware is deliciously terrifying! When a “hen weekend”—a British term for “bachelorette party”—turns darkly sinister, Nora wishes she had followed her initial instincts and stayed far, far away. But the invitation...
The Women in the Castle

The Women in the Castle

I’ve read a fair amount of literature about World War II, but I’ve never read any from the German point of view, so I was intrigued by the plot line for The Women in the Castle. I’ve always wondered how Germans viewed their involvement in the war, their complicity in...
The Greatest Generation

The Greatest Generation

With its stories of courage, sadness, longing, romance, suspense, tragedy, and heroes, The Greatest Generation has all the elements of a Hollywood blockbuster. Except they’re all true! First hand accounts edited and organized with Tom Brokaw’s expert hand. Given the...
Fives and Twenty-Fives

Fives and Twenty-Fives

A quietly magnificent addition to the canon of war novels, Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre is reassuringly tragic in its honesty. Michael Pitre, a two-tour Marine veteran, deftly weaves his experiences in Iraq into a heart-breakingly entertaining first novel....
Murder in Little Shendon

Murder in Little Shendon

I remember reading Agatha Christie as a child, thrilled and maddened by the opportunity to track clues in a (mostly) futile attempt to identify the culprit before the Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot reveal. Christie had the unique ability to write about murder with...
Righteous

Righteous

With Righteous, Joe Ide has proven that IQ, his first novel, was no fluke. Using the gritty streets of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas as the backdrop for his sophomore venture, Righteous solidifies Isaiah Quintabe, or IQ on the street, as the newest star...
Beartown

Beartown

A Man Called Ove put Fredrik Backman on the literary map, reaching the New York Times’ Best Seller’s List as well as scoring the envious honor of having his first novel successfully transferred to the big screen. With his fourth novel Beartown, Backman has established...
Out Stealing Horses

Out Stealing Horses

After finishing The Baker’s Secret, I immediately picked up Out Stealing Horses without realizing it too was a World War II novel, though the war is used as a distant back drop rather than front and center as it was in The Baker’s Secret. For Trond Sander, an older...