All That Is by James Salter
A soldier returns from battles on the Pacific front and applies what he learned in WWII to the gritty world of publishing in New York City. Salter’s prose is startlingly muscular and economical. Sometimes there’s little on the page beyond raw power.
Happy Mutant Baby Pills by Jerry Stahl
Jerry Stahl throws a bucket of acid in the face of corporate America with Happy Mutant Baby Pills, his rant-raving eighth novel.
Death of the Black-Haired Girl by Robert Stone
Robert Stone might be one of the best and last of the postwar literary adventure writers.
A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry
This is Perry’s 11th Victorian Christmas mystery and, like the others that have come before, it is charming and dependable. Pretty much, really, just the way Christmas should be.
The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch
There’s something pleasing about fiction that focuses on the premise of a self-help book that actually helps.
Lazy Days by Erlend Loe
If anything, Lazy Days is even more quirky and subversive and (okay, I’ll just say it) funny than Erlend Loe’s previous book, Doppler. The premise is dark… especially for a book so comedic.
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock illustrated by Seth
Humorist and professor of economics, Stephen Leacock was born in 1869 and died in 1944. Today in Canadian literary circles, his name is synonymous with the sort of sharp, smart humor associated with him through an award that bears his name given annually since 1947 to the “best work of humorous literature in English by a Canadian writer.”
Dying is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann
Imagine that you can not die. That no matter what you did -- or did not do -- after your final breath, another would come. If this were the case, it might determine the course of your whole life: or what was left of it.
The River and Enoch O’Reilly by Peter Murphy
The River and Enoch O’Reilly was published in January in the UK as Shall We Gather at the River. Whatever name it is flogged under, the work is assured, poignant and slyly funny.
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Jamie Ford’s second novel is exactly what you’re hoping to find when you pick up a family saga. It’s what you hope to find, but so seldom do.
You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert
Liebert tells her story compellingly and draws her characters so very well. Still have a bit of beach time to squeeze out of this summer? You Knew Me When would make for a terrific seaside companion.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
This massively entertaining dream of a novel is something you experience.
Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant
Those who love their historical fiction blended up with the searing accuracy of solid research blended with a storyteller’s flare for the dramatic will love Sarah Dunant’s Blood & Beauty.
Island Girls by Nancy Thayer
It would perhaps be an over-statement to call Nancy Thayer queen of the beach read. Even so, 16 novels into a fantastic career, one would not go far in saying that about the Nantucket-based author.
The Boleyn King by Laura Anderson
What if Anne Boleyn had given her king a son? That’s the premise of this debut novel from an author who seems likely to give the likes of Phillipa Gregory and Alison Weir a run for their Tudors.
Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan
“Forget the cud, they want blood!” Somehow that coverline puts the nature of Apocalypse Cow, Scottish journalist Michael Logan’s debut novel, into perspective.
Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt
Caroline Leavitt’s 10th novel is a triumph of light and dark. The story at times brings to mind Dennis Lehane’s masterful Mystic River: a missing child, Boston, and the shocking darkness of the human heart, starkly glimpsed.
A Dual Inheritance by Joanna Hershon
This is Hershon’s fourth novel, after The German Bride, Swimming and The Outside of August. This may be the best of a very good bunch. A Dual Inheritance is a stunning and accomplished read.
The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran
Imagine the creation of an author who lives in Bangalore, studied at Bryn Mawr and has lived in NYC.