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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin British writer Daisy Goodwin’s novel Victoria is a delicious introduction to the young monarch’s world. A companion to the PBS series of the same name, it tells the story of Victoria’s personal and political struggles after her ascension to the throne. Goodwin’s engaging style is immediately captivating, and she deftly brings fresh life to a story familiar ... Read More »

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry by Jane Harper During the worst drought of the century, Federal agent Aaron Falk is called back to Kiewarra, a small town in West Australia, to investigate a murder-suicide. His high school friend Luke Hadler appears to have murdered his wife and son before killing himself: another farmer pushed to the brink by the punishing weather. As a ... Read More »

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney Glamorous and ambitious Lillian Boxfish was celebrated in front-page articles in 1931 as “the highest paid advertising woman in America” . . . Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney’s nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor. – Booklist   Read More »

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies University of Michigan professor Peter Ho Davies has a new novel, published this month.  According to Publishers Weekly, Davies (The Welsh Girl) has created a brilliant, absorbing masterpiece. It explores the Chinese American experience in four parts, weaving story lines over hundreds of years. Read More »

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gym community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other ... Read More »

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including “Olive Kitteridge “and” The Burgess Boys, “have illuminated our most tender relationships. Now, in “My Name Is Lucy Barton, “this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender ... Read More »

Outline by Rachel Cusk

Outline by Rachel Cusk

Outline by Rachel Cusk Cusk’s subtle, unconventional and lethally intelligent novel, “Outline,” her eighth, is a string of one-sided conversations. A divorced woman traveling in Greece, our narrator, talks — or rather listens — to the people she meets, absorbing their stories of love and loss, deception, pride and folly. Well-worn subjects — adultery, divorce, ennui — become freshly menacing ... Read More »

The Survivor by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills

The Survivor by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills “Kyle Mills  picks up Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp without missing a beat and  dives right into a taut, suspenseful story of a traitor in the CIA who steals a wealth of sensitive documents. Mitch Rapp quickly tracks the traitor down and dispatches him—but the stolen data is out there, and starts turning ... Read More »