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, ...

Book: Next Year for Sure

I’m not sure I liked what happened in “Next Year for Sure” — it wasn’t how I would do things — but I did like reading Zoey Leigh Peterson’s debut novel. She captures ...

Singing Sands / Josephine Tey

Vanity rears its extraordinarily ugly head — the one it so admires in every mirror — in “The Singing Sands,” a character driven mystery by Josephine Tey (one of the pseudonyms used ...

Book: Do I Make Myself Clear?

How eagerly I awaited a copy of “Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters”! I ordered it through interlibrary loan right after hearing an interview with author Harold Evans on National ...

Book: The Purple Swamp Hen

The title character is the narrator of the first story in Patricia Lively’s collection of whimsical and real-life stories. Readers quickly recognize the time and place of which the swamp hen speaks ...

Book: The Outside World

Tova Mirvis follows two Orthodox Jewish families in “The Outside World,” a funny and touching novel set in Brooklyn, Israel and, though it may seem odd, Memphis, Tennessee. Shayna and Naomi ...

Review: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything

One relationship is getting underway and another is beginning to disintegrate in “The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything,” D.A. Mishani’s third novel about Israeli police investigator ...

Book: How the Hell Did This Happen?

Venerable humorist P.J. O’Rourke continues his funny and insightful tirades in “How the Hell Did This Happen?”, a collection of essays about the lengthy campaign leading up to the Nov. ...

Books by Paula Poundstone

Comedian Paula Poundstone just released her second book, “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness,” and I hadn’t yet gotten around to reading her first one, “There’s ...

Book: Totality

If you’re not excited about the coming solar eclipse, you will be after reading “Totality: A Complete Guide to the Most Amazing of Celestial Sights.” Authors Mark Littmann and Fred Espenak ...

Book: The Cat Who Moved a Mountain

Koko repeatedly tilts the frame of a mountain scene and sniffs the sherry bottle in “The Cat Who Moved a Mountain,” one of Lillian Jackson Braun’s “The Cat Who ....” books. Here, ...

Book: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

In “The Coincidence of Coconut Cake,” Amy Reichert has cooked up a pretty good story that will leave readers wanting more of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, setting, at least. Elizabeth “Lou” ...

Book: Grocery

“Grocery” is many things besides being, as readers will expect, an examination of the way supermarkets work and their history. It’s also a well-reported look at our food system as a ...

Book: Big Little Lies

“Big Little Lies” is a laugh-out-loud-funny novel that’s also both touching and deeply serious. It makes me want to seek out Australian author Liane Moriarty’s other books — ...

Book: Broadchurch

The novel “Broadchurch” is a bit of an oddity. It started as a beloved British TV series of the same name, then was twisted into book form by excellent mystery writer Erin Kelly. The TV version ...

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