Book: The Canterbury Sisters

In this modern — and highly readable — take on Chaucer, a group of American women make a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, all seeking their own version of a blessing. All except Che, that ...

Book: The Cat Who Played Brahms

“The Cat Who Played Brahms” is a gem — one of the best in author Lillian Jackson Braun’s jewelry box full of “Cat Who ...” books.  Braun, who died in 2011 ...

Book: The Last Word

Ambitious young writer Harry Johnson is assigned to write a biography of one of his heroes, Indian-born journalist and novelist Mamoon Azam. Azam, who’s a bit of a recluse, ranks as one of Britain’s ...

Book: The Art of Not Having It All

British journalist and humor columnist Melissa Kite writes that she turned down, rather rudely, her sweet teenage boyfriend’s proposal of marriage. Now 40-ish, she’s wondering if that was a ...

Book: My Organic Life

When newlywed Nora Pouillon moved to the U.S. from her native Austria in the mid-1960s, a friend showed her around her new neighborhood in Washington, D.C. She was overwhelmed — and horrified — ...

Book: Re Jane

“Re Jane,” the title of Patricia Park’s new novel, is a play on words: It’s all about Jane, the narrator, and it’s also how this 20-something’s name is written in her ...

Book: The Rosie Project

Author Graeme Simsion starts his novel by introducing Don, an associate professor of genetics at a major university in Australia. His colleague Gene, who makes up 50 percent of his total number of friends, ...

Book: This is Paradise! My North Korean Childhood

Hyok Kang knew his native country, North Korea, was paradise because that’s what he was always told. From his infancy until his escape, he was fed a constant diet of propaganda about the superiority ...

Book: Longbourn

Longbourn, the title character of Jo Baker’s historical novel, is a manor house in Hertfordshire — a house you might know if you’ve read “Pride and Prejudice,” the inspiration ...

Book: Pretty Ugly

Here are a few questions you’ll need to consider before starting “Pretty Ugly,” Kirker Butler’s novel that takes an uncomfortably realistic look at the world of child beauty pageants ...

Book: Bread Alone

“Bread Alone” is a terrific book, but be warned: You’ll need to stock up on flour and yeast before you read it, because you’ll find yourself drawn to the kitchen, needing to knead. As ...

Book: Take Another Look

Author Rosalind Noonan brings up the questions of nature vs. nurture repeatedly in “Take Another Look,” an enjoyable novel that also may leave you a little queasy. After all, most families ...

Book: Fax Me a Bagel

Author Sharon Kahn knows plenty about being the wife of a rabbi: She was one herself for 31 years. So when her main character, rabbi’s wife Ruby Rothman, starts to talk, readers had better listen. In ...

Book: The Man Who Wasn't There

The bland title of Judy Nedry’s new book doesn’t tell readers much about the unique setting or the charming characters they’ll meet inside. But “The Man Who Wasn’t There” ...

Book: A Lost Lady

Marian Forrester is both the life of the party and a curiosity in Sweet Water, a small town on the railroad that runs between Omaha and Denver in the 1890s. The pretty young wife of a railroad baron, she ...

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