Book: All the Light We Cannot See

“All the Light We Cannot See” takes readers into the Siege of Saint-Malo, a real World War II battle, through the minds of two fictional characters, a blind French girl and a German boy who ...

Book: The Rosie Effect

When I read a wonderful book — such as “The Rosie Project,” Australian author Graeme Simsion’s first novel — sometimes I’m hesitant to read the sequel. Especially if ...

Book: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor, who tells her own story as best she can in the novel “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine,” has grown used to being ridiculed and excluded. She’s OK with it; she does her own ...

Book: Mortuary Confidential

One of the best things about books is that they take us to places we’ve never been before — to another country, another lifestyle, another profession or, in this case, to the mortuary. “Mortuary ...

Book: Unbelievable

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump often invoked television reporter Katy Tur’s name in his campaign rallies, in Fox TV interviews and in his tweets. Once in a blue moon, he called her a good ...

Book: Going to Bend

Petie and Rose have been best friends since they were adolescents in fictional Hubbard, a tiny town on the Oregon Coast, similar to Depoe Bay. (How I wish author Diane Hammond had made up a name for ...

Book: Athiest in the FOXhole

No matter your political leaning, you’ll have to admit that Joe Muto chose the perfect title for his memoir about spending eight years working for a conservative 24-hour news giant: “An Atheist ...

Book: The Lying Game

I almost put down “The Lying Game” after reading the first chapter. Not that I didn’t appreciate author Ruth Ware’s good writing, or that I was put off by the setting, a seaside ...

Book: What Einstein Told His Cook

I suspect the reason Robert Wolke wrote a sequel to his witty, wonderful “What Einstein Told His Cook” has more to do with the author’s own glee than the need to cover more topics. It’s ...

Book: Thursday's Children

“Thursday’s Children” could almost be a cozy mystery, if protagonist Frieda Klein weren’t a hard-boiled psychologist who believes — and states regularly — that she’s ...

Book: Smoke and Mirrors

Two children go missing on a late-November afternoon in 1951 in Brighton, England. Annie and Mark were last seen about 5 p.m., their friends say — they know because the Number 12 bus passed by close ...

Book: The Daughter of Time

How much of a classic is Josephine Tey’s “The Daughter of Time,” a modern-day (1951) police investigation of a 15th century murder case? It’s such a classic that the next book ...

Book: Underground in Berlin

Although she was constantly in mortal danger, Marie Jalowicz removed or covered the yellow star marking her as a Jew and walked freely through the streets of Berlin during World War II. Well, not exactly ...

Book: The Wangs vs. The World

Charles Wang (pronounce that with a soft “a,” more like “wong”) emigrated from Taiwan and made his fortune manufacturing and selling cosmetics in the U.S. But his heart has always ...

Book: Two Good Dogs

“Two Good Dogs,” by Susan Wilson, 2017, St. Martin’s Press. Chance, a battered pit bull, intuits when humans need comfort and calming. He provides the service for his best human friend, ...

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