Book: The Paying Guests

Four years after the end of World War I, Frances Wray and her mother, along with their fellow Londoners, are still dealing with the ravages of war. Frances lost both her beloved brothers; her father, ...

Book: Tell No One

I always carry a book in my purse or backpack — a paperback, usually, that I can open and read a few pages from while I’m waiting for a meeting to start. Sometimes, it’s a book I’ve ...

Book: Five Quarters of the Orange

Framboise Simon is almost 60 when she returns to the magical land of her youth, a small town in France’s Loire Valley. Half a century after she left under tragic circumstances, the village is much ...

Book: Dash in the Blue Pacific

Take one jilted fiancé, a nonrefundable airline ticket, a faulty engine and an island somewhere in the South Pacific, and you’ll have the beginnings of “Dash in the Blue Pacific,” ...

Book: The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

I’d love to meet W. Kamau Bell, comedian, host of a CNN show that explores race relations in the U.S., and author of “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6’ 4”, African ...

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 ...

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