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Cairo Modern
This classic novel depicts three young friends at a university in Cairo in the 1930’s all of whom question the direction they should go at a time when ...more
May 11, 2010
May 11, 2010
Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets off a Struggle for the Soul of America
After he finished writing Big Trouble, J. Anthony Lukas grew despondent and committed suicide. Although Lukas may have felt that he failed in his ambi ...more
Jan 1998
Nov 08, 2009
A Life In Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII
Vera Atkins, the “spymistress” who sent men and women as agents to France during World War II, was a wealthy Anglophile Jewish woman in Romania who en ...more
Sep 29, 2006
Sep 04, 2010
Underground to Palestine
In the spring of 1946, I.F. Stone left his usual newspaper assignments behind for a clandestine mission—to report on the illegal exodus of Jews from E ...more
Nov 08, 2009
Nov 08, 2009
The Long Fall (Leonid McGill, #1)
When Walter Mosley tells a story, you can hear the voice of the first person narrator as you read. It’s not all that different from hearing a live sto ...more
May 10, 2009
May 16, 2010
True Compass: A Memoir
Ted Kennedy grew up the baby of his family, looking up to his energetic and accomplished older brothers. Now, more than four decades after John and Bo ...more
Mar 04, 2010
Mar 04, 2010
Red Sparrow
People often praise a book by saying “I couldn’t put it down”. My experience is that the better books are the ones that I’m not tempted to plow throug ...more
Oct 03, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
Walter Mosley returns to peak form in this imaginative novel about Ptolemy Gray, a 91-year old African American man in Los Angeles who is increasingly ...more
Aug 05, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
Stone's Fall
With The Instance of the Fingerpost, Pears created a new kind of masterwork—a historical novel constructed intricately to work like clockwork, which g ...more
Oct 15, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
W is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone #23)
After 22 prior gumshoe sagas, many of high quality, Sue Grafton reaches for an even higher level and achieves it with W is for Wasted. She combines th ...more
Dec 12, 2013
Dec 22, 2013
The Cookbook Collector
This is a finely wrought tale of two sisters, Emily and Jessamine Bach, and their peers, describing their journey up the craggy paths of adulthood dur ...more
Jul 07, 2012
Jul 19, 2012
Land of Marvels
This is the second book I’ve read by this author. Like the previous one, The Ruby in Her Navel, this book deals with the collision between Europe and ...more
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 14, 2010
From the author of that sublime theatrical farce, Noises Off, comes this loopy tale. It's about an array of misguided characters who get into a barrel ...more
Jul 17, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead (Rai Rahotep, #1)
In ancient Egypt, Rahotep, a professional “Seeker of Mysteries” (that era’s technical term for detective—did they also use the slang term “Gumsandal”? ...more
Dec 14, 2012
Dec 21, 2012
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
Greenblatt takes us back to 15th century Europe, and especially, Italy, for a case study in how the pietistic ethos of the Middle Ages happened to mor ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 28, 2012
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency #12)
Volume 12 in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series is better that Volume 11, as it’s free of sententious asides and includes evocative writing about l ...more
May 06, 2011
May 07, 2011
Interference and Other Stories
This is a collection of short stories by my friend, Richard Hoffman. The stories are diverse and hard to generalize about. Many are about men, and Ric ...more
Apr 12, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
Operation Shylock: A Confession
When Kinky Friedman writes a detective novel in which the main character, the detective, is a humorist and musical performer named Kinky Friedman, we ...more
Apr 19, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
The Broken Teaglass
Here’s a mystery story by a first-time author that adds a new twist to the genre—a mystery that unfolds at a dictionary publishing company. (With its ...more
Jan 02, 2010
Jan 02, 2010
A Journey to the End of the Millennium - A Novel of the Middle Ages
The famed Israeli author here takes us on a journey through time—back to the Middle ages as the first Millennium of the Christian era approaches; and ...more
Dec 28, 2013
Jan 02, 2014
The St. Zita Society
Ruth Rendell’s latest is a serviceable but unexceptional novel about the upstairs and downstairs people who inhabit Hexam Place, a posh residential bl ...more
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Sep 30, 2012
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Walter Mosley’s popular fiction is suffused with it; it jumps out at you in August Wilson’s plays; it has profoundly influenced our music and our cult
Jul 07, 2014
Jul 26, 2014
The Goldfinch
James Hobart, or “Hobie”, a caring adult in the life of young Theo Decker, the protagonist of The Goldfinch, takes a few remnants of a piece of antiqu ...more
May 24, 2014
May 29, 2014
Like Dreamers: The Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem in the Six-Day War, and the Divided Israel They Created
This novelistic non-fiction book tells the story of political and spiritual conflicts in modern-day Israel by following the lives of seven paratrooper ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
Out of Egypt: A Memoir
It’s a beautifully written, intimate memoir about growing up in a Jewish family of Sephardic heritage in Alexandria, Egypt. We learn about the family’ ...more
Sep 20, 2014
Oct 13, 2014
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)
The second pseudonymously published crime novel written by J.K. Rowling (I haven’t read the first, Cuckoo’s Calling) is a thoroughly entertaining exem ...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 26, 2014
I, Hogarth: A Novel
I wanted to read Thorn by Michael Dean but since my library system doesn’t have it, I read I, Hogarth instead. This well-written, colorful autobiograp ...more
Feb 2014
Feb 05, 2014
The Hot Country (Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller, #1)
Here’s an appealing historical novel of adventure, swagger, and political intrigue that takes place during the Mexican Civil War in 1914. The battle a ...more
Jan 18, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
Only Yesterday
Reading Only Yesterday in translation is not ideal. Still, a fair amount of the flavor of Agnon’s style, including his frequent references to traditio ...more
Jul 22, 2014
Aug 04, 2014
As a Driven Leaf
This classic 1939 novel is undoubtedly the best fictional work ever written about the intellectual, spiritual, cultural, and political challenges face ...more
Mar 08, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
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