Book: They May Not Mean To, But They Do

The title of Cathleen Schine’s new novel, “They May Not Mean To, But The Do,” comes from Philip Larkin’s poem, “This Be the Verse.” Larkin asserts that parents pass ...

Book: Don't Ever Get Old

Rumor has it that police detective Buck Schatz was the rogue officer on whom Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry character was modeled. It’s not true, Schatz notes as he narrates “Don’t ...

Book: Street of Eternal Happiness

National Public Radio correspondent Rob Schmitz gives readers a fascinating, often disturbing, look at life in China in “Street of Eternal Happiness.” That’s the actual name of the street ...

Book: Windy City

National Public Radio reporter and host Scott Simon takes us behind the doors of city hall in “Windy City,” a novel-slash-love letter set in Chicago. The book pokes fun at political juggling ...

Book: The Circle

"The Circle," by David Eggers, 2013, Alfred A. Knopf. Mae, the main character in David Eggers' novel "The Circle," is a young woman with her head in the Cloud. In the not-too-distant-future, she takes ...

Book: The Beautiful Mystery

“The Beautiful Mystery” is a novel about love and passion that asks the questions, can we do something wrong, but for the right reason, or something right for the wrong reason? Louise Penny ...

Book: The Railwayman's Wife

As “The Railwayman’s Wife” opens, Ani and Mac Lachlan buy a special present for their daughter Isabel’s 10th birthday: A kaleidoscope, with a ball of glass that turns every view ...

Book: The Forgiven

David and Jo Henninger take a holiday from cool, damp London, heading for Morocco where acquaintances are hosting a wild weekend party. The get-away will be good for their stagnating marriage, they think, ...

Book: Murder at the Savoy

“Murder at the Savoy,” by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, translated from the Swedish by Amy and Ken Knoespel, Random House, 1971. Wife-and-husband mystery writers Maj Sjöwall ...

Book: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

The Kim regime — Great Leader Kim Il-sung, who took over the north after a single Korea was divided at the 38th parallel following the 1950-53 war; his son and successor, Kim Jong-il; and grandson ...

Book: Dine and Die on the Danube Express

Peter King takes readers on a trip down the Danube River from Munich to Bucharest in “Dine and Die on the Danube Express,” the eighth-installment in his “Gourmet Detective” series. The ...

Book: Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Rarely does a novel bring tears to my eyes after only one chapter, but “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” did. And it wasn’t because of onions being chopped, either. J. Ryan Stradal’s ...

Book: The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder

Rebecca Wells, known for her “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” continues her theme of strong women and the strong ties between them in “The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder.” Set ...

Book review This is How It Ends

When “This is How It Ends” begins, Bruno has a well-paying job in Lehman Brothers’ main office, high above the streets of Manhattan. When the start of the 2008 recession leaves him adrift, ...

Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Christopher is a genius in math and science, but he can’t read other people’s facial expressions, understand figures of speech or control himself all the time -- at 15, though, he has learned ...

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