Book: Cat People

While the extended title strikes me as desperate -- if something really is hilarious and entertaining, you don’t need to tell readers in the title — “Cat People” is an amusing and ...

Book: The Trespasser

What a great way to start 2017: reading "The Trespasser," the latest novel by one of my favorite authors, Tana French. She's known for her tension-filled Dublin Murder Squad stories, which feature intricate ...

Book: Year of No Sugar

“Year of No Sugar,” by Eve O. Schaub, Sourcebooks, 2014 Vermont writer Eve Schaub’s memoir about avoiding fructose, “Year of No Sugar,” may leave a bad aftertaste in your ...

Book: Moloka'i

White settlers moved into the Hawaiian Islands and eventually claimed them, taking the land and many of the traditions away from the native people. But they brought the natives something, too: a variety ...

Book: Life Without a Recipe

Novelist Diana Abu-Jaber wrote “Life Without a Recipe,” her memoir about food, her Jordanian father and family in general, as she was learning to balance work and parenthood. As an aspiring ...

Book: Housebroken

Parts of “Housebroken, Admissions of an Untidy Life” feel as if I’m reading my own diary — and I suspect many readers, especially women, would say the same. Author Laurie Notaro ...

Book: The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe

Alexander McCall Smith, a Scotsman born in Zimbabwe, writes about Africa with such love and gentle descriptiveness. Readers can feel the relief of parking under an acacia tree, which shades them from the ...

Book: A Great Reckoning

In the most recent installment in her series about deep-thinking detective Monsieur Gamache, “A Great Reckoning,” Louise Penny takes readers down a snowy, twisting road that leads from the ...

Book: Eileen

“Eileen,” by Ottessa Moshfegh, Penguin Press, 2015. “Eileen” may be one of the strangest books you’ll ever read. Not in style — author Ottessa Moshfegh’s narrative ...

Book: What She Knew

"What She Knew," the story of the search for a kidnapped child, is fine if you're looking for a quick-to-read, interesting book. It's the very definition of a "summer read." It's not, however, the ...

Book: The Writing Class

I worried about Alphonse the whole time I was reading “The Writing Class.” A basset hound who prefers dreaming about the chase rather than actually chasing things, Alphonse belongs to Amy ...

Book: The New Yorker Big Book of Cats

“The New Yorker Big Book of Cats,” numerous writers and illustrators, 2013, The New Yorker Magazine. If you love cats, or humor, or, even better, both, you’ll adore “The New Yorker ...

Book: They Left Us Everything

As you start reading "They Left Us Everything," Plum Johnson's memoir about cleaning out her family's longtime home following the death of her parents, you'll think she's talking about all the stuff piled ...

Book: The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

While the title, "The City Baker's Guide to Country Living," doesn't really fit, Louise Miller's debut novel is an enjoyable read. I can see why she (or perhaps her publisher) picked the title: Protagonist ...

Book: A Mother's Reckoning

You’ll probably recognize the surname of author Sue Klebold: The name became indelibly imprinted on our collective conscience when her son, Dylan, and his friend Eric Harris killed 12 of their classmates ...

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