Category : Book Reviews

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

DIVISIBLE MAN

In this debut thriller, a pilot survives a crash and discovers that he’s developed strange abilities, which come in handy when someone kidnaps his friend’s daughter.Will Stewart, a 30-something pilot for Essex County Air Services, wakes in an Essex,...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

DESTROYING THEIR GOD

Jeffs recounts his fight to extricate himself—and his children—from a dangerous religious cult. Debut author Jeffs grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was born the 30th child of Rulon Jeffs, a polygamist and soi-disant prophet of the Fundamentalist...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

BORN IN A TREACHEROUS TIME

Murray (Twenty-Four Days, 2017, etc.) imagines the life of an early hominid, later famously nicknamed “Lucy” by archaeologists, in this adventure novel. In prehistoric times, a female member of the species Man-who-makes-tools, called “Lucy” in the t...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

HOW HARD CAN IT BE?

Seven years have passed since London financial executive Kate Reddy found what seemed the perfect balance of family and work in Pearson’s popular I Don’t Know How She Does It (2002). Those years have not been kind. Since Kate left her high-powered p...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

REPORTER

One of the most skilled investigative journalists in American history shares his saga in compelling detail. Hersh (The Killing of Osama bin Laden, 2016, etc.), who has won seemingly every major literary award and is often portrayed as gruffly relent...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

SANTA CRUZ NOIR

Sexologist Bright (The Best of Best American Erotica, 2008, etc.) joins the ranks of Akashic editors to rip the lid off the California coastal town that’s never seemed less laid-back.Considering how small Santa Cruz is, the results here are all over...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS

Weisberger (The Singles Game, 2016, etc.) gives rich-lit fans a second spinoff of her best-known novel, The Devil Wears Prada, shifting her lens from long-suffering Andrea Sachs to Emily Charlton, the snippy fashionista who worked as top assistant t...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

VISIBLE EMPIRE

The real-life crash of a charter plane full of Atlanta's white elite is the inspiration for a fictional examination of race, class, love, and betrayal. In the summer of 1962, more than 100 Atlanta art lovers were about to return from their junket to...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

THE BATTLE FOR PARADISE

Activist and journalist Klein (No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, 2017, etc.) looks at the “shock doctrine” as it is now unfolding in the ruins of Puerto Rico. There’s a method to the apparent madness t...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

TURBULENCE

New York attorney/secret agent manqué Stone Barrington’s latest takes him from a Category 5 hurricane to a rogue nuclear device, all without a single frisson of suspense. Wouldn’t you know it? Stone’s closed on his posh new digs in Key West just in...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

THE HISTORY OF JANE DOE

Williamsburg, Connecticut, is a one-stoplight town where everything interesting happened in the past—until a cool Brooklynite from the other Williamsburg turns up. High school juniors Ray and Simon are used to being outcasts—so utterly insignificant...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

ROUGH ANIMALS

When a feral 14-year-old girl kills four of his cattle, a Utah rancher not so much older than she chases her into the physical and spiritual wilderness for 12 blood-soaked days. This take-no-prisoners debut from DelBianco—"that redneck kid author,"...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

THE ONE YOU CAN'T FORGET

Divorce attorney Rebecca Lindt has a demanding job and emotional baggage; she's aiming for partner in her father’s firm and helping on his election campaign. Getting involved with the has-been chef she helped ruin is not a good idea even if he's sma...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

MY GIRLS

In an even-keeled and affectionate memoir, the son of Debbie Reynolds and brother of Carrie Fisher looks back on a life with two feisty women, who died within a day of each other in December 2016. Raised by a mother who was equal parts workaholic an...

Book Reviews / Blog - 2018 years ago

MUST LOVE BABIES

A confirmed bachelor meets an attractive woman and gains temporary custody of his nephew, all in the same night. Brant Wylder is visiting Misty Bottoms, Georgia, for a wedding; while in town, he intends to scout a new location for the custom body sh...