Book: Every Other Weekend

Set in 1988, Zulema Renee Summerfield’s “Every Other Weekend” focuses on a third-grader, Nenny, who has serious fears, both reasonable and comic. For example, she worries about burglars ...

Book: A Certain Justice

In “A Certain Justice,” P.D. James gives readers richly drawn characters and a look at the internal workings (and complications) of the British legal system. She’s a master of the murder ...

Book: Job of the Wasp

Did I like “The Job of the Wasp,” Colin Winnette’s ghost story of a novel about a remote school for orphaned boys? Did I dislike it? More than a week after finishing the short book (191 ...

Book: The Leisure Seeker

With varying degrees of force, everyone tries to stop Ella and John Robina from taking one final cross-country vacation in their Leisure Seeker camper, the title character in Michael Zadoorian’s ...

Book: The Edge

What a pleasure it was to reread “The Edge,” one of my favorite novels by one of my favorite authors, the late Dick Francis. Francis generally sets his novels in the world of English horse ...

Book: The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

What’s the most frightening thing that can happen to a traveler, aside from a medical catastrophe or natural disaster? Likely, it’s losing your passport, identification and money, especially ...

Book: An Aegean April

Powerful entrepreneurs — you could call them “criminals” — have figured out a way to make loads of money off the refugees fleeing Syria and other countries via the Mediterranean ...

The Gunners / Rebecca Kauffman

I liked Rebecca Kauffman’s “The Gunners,” a story about lifelong friends who get together after several years to attend the funeral of one of their group. I really did. Not as much, ...

Book: Educated

In one of her first college classes, Tara Westover came upon a word she didn’t recognize in the description of a painting being projected onto a screen by her humanities professor. She raised her ...

Book: The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter

When she and her husband were having their house built, Ingrid told the contractor to omit the shower stall listed on the bathroom plans. A tub would suffice, she figured, and there would be plenty of ...

Donut King / Ted Ngoy

Don’t expect recipes when you pick up Ted Ngoy’s memoir, “The Donut King.” And don’t assume a light-hearted romp, either. Ngoy, who fled his native Cambodia because of the ...

Book: The Nakano Thrift Shop

Hitomi, the protagonist in Hiromi Kawakami's novel, "The Nakano Thrift Shop," is a clerk in a used-goods store. Her boss, Nakano, and young assistant, Takeo, regularly travel to community members' homes ...

Book: A Man Called Ove

Ove is the kind of man who does what’s right, no matter what the consequences or costs to himself. People — especially beleaguered salespeople and government officials — often overlook ...

Book: Perennials

“Family first” has always been the motto for Eva “Lovey” Sutherland, her parents and sister, Bitsy. Yet Eva always felt slighted — Bitsy is cruel to her, cutting down her ...

Book: Crooked Hearts

Tom Warren drops out of college in the 1970s, he returns to Yuma, Arizona, to find his family’s home decorated for a party. No surprise — the Warrens always celebrate following a tragedy or ...

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