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In "Iced in Paradise," award winning Naomi Hirahara focuses on the multicultural Santiago family, who love each other, sometimes irritate each other, but always unconditionally support each other. … more
"Oh Christ," says a man named Tom Coombs, looking out the window to see a car pulling into his driveway. "It's that old bag, Olive Kitteredge. What in hell is she doing here?" Tom's got it all … more
When Malaysian-born anthropologist Long Litt Woon's lodestar, her beloved husband Eiolf Olsen, fell over dead in 2010, she was left shellshocked by sorrow, and largely isolated in her adopted … more
"The things that transport us can be so random," muses singer-songwriter Patti Smith in her autobiographical book "Year of the Monkey." She is referring to a moment when the simple observation of a … more
At first, I wasn't sure I wanted to read Ronan Farrow's book. I didn't want to spend hours with a revolving cast of powerful men accused of doing unspeakable things to women, with impunity or the … more
This quirky little novel is part fable, part romance, and wholly a love letter to books. Juliette works in a realty office in Paris with her friend Chloe _ an uninspired job that she carries out … more
Corie Geller has it all, it seems. At 35, she's married to a kind and crazy-handsome judge, has adopted his sweet teen daughter and lives in a tony Long Island neighborhood. She works from home, … more
Maeve and Danny Conroy spend hours in Maeve's car, lurking like spies across the street from their childhood home, nursing not nostalgia but oodles of hurt and resentment. Thomas Wolfe famously … more
As "Gods of the Upper Air" begins in August 1925, the shipboard figure steaming into a South Sea island harbor is a 23-year-old Pennsylvanian hauling a typewriter, cheap notebooks and a laundry list … more
To be a firefighter, you need to be in top physical shape and willing to face danger. But, as Katherine Center writes in her new novel, the requirements for a woman are more complicated. "Don't … more
Meg Cabot's hurricane prep checklist for women living in the Florida Keys: Flashlight and batteries, check. Plenty of pet food, check. Wisecracking guy with electric blue eyes who loves … more
"The Whisper Man," Alex North's chilling novel of child abduction, murder and ghostly apparition, begins in the English village of Featherbank with the snatching of a young boy. The deed is described … more
"A Single Thread" proves a rather ironic title for the quiet tapestry that Tracy Chevalier has created in this novel set in 1932, in England, after the Great War. Violet Speedwell is a member of the … more
We first met Beverly Tapinski on page 5 of Kate DiCamillo's 2016 novel, "Raymie Nightingale": She "stared straight ahead, not looking at anybody in particular, and said, 'My name is Beverly … more
The best writers _ the best storytellers, in particular _ possess the enchanting, irresistible power to take the reader somewhere else. Ta-Nehisi Coates imagines the furthest reach of that power as a … more
"The book is ultimately about the basic struggle we're all in," writes Ibram X. Kendi in "How to Be An Antiracist" (One World, $27), "the struggle to be fully human and to see that others are fully … more
Actor George Takei says he's determined to keep talking about the imprisonment of his family and 120,000 other Japanese Americans during World War II because he wants a new generation to know what … more
Jacqueline Woodson's latest novel "Red at the Bone" begins with an orchestra playing music, the murmur of a room full of relatives, a brownstone staircase on which a teenage girl in a dress once made … more
Junauda Petrus's new novel is "a love letter to growing up in south Minneapolis," as her artistic partner put it. But the book has a lot of love for Trinidad and New York City, too. It's also a love … more
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Saturday, Sept. 14, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by … more
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