Week of 11 Mar 2018
The Great Alone: A Novel
She re-creates in magical detail the lives of Alaska's homesteaders in both of the state's seasons (they really only have two) and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America. A tour de force.

The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah

Red Sparrow: A Novel
The inclusion of a recipe at each chapter’s end...is unnecessary. This book is good and doesn’t need the gimmicks. The author’s CIA background and the smart dialogue make this an entertaining tale for spy-novel enthusiasts.

Red Sparrow

by Jason Matthews

An American Marriage: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
This is, at its heart, a love story, but a love story warped by racial injustice. And, in it, Jones suggests that racial injustice haunts the African-American story. Subtle, well-crafted, and powerful.

An American Marriage

by Tayari Jones

Agent in Place (Gray Man)
Somehow, Greaney cranks out one winner after another. That’s a lot of work for the Gray Man and plenty of pleasure for thriller fans.

Agent in Place

by Mark Greaney

Little Fires Everywhere
With her second novel, Ng further proves she’s a sensitive, insightful writer with a striking ability to illuminate life in America.

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

Gentleman Nine
I enjoy a good friends to lovers trope and Penelope Ward captured the essence and angst of two friends fighting their attraction to each other...Another great read by one of my auto one-click authors. Definitely a book to add to your TBR.
Cocktails and Books

Gentleman Nine

by Penelope Ward

Night Moves: An Alex Delaware Novel
Both Alex and Milo have seen the worst of individuals, yet they try and maintain their humanity and compassion. Kellerman is one great storyteller!

Night Moves

by Jonathan Kellerman

milk and honey
This book is perfect for getting you through any breakup. Some poems hit you with the power of two lines, while others need two pages to sink in.

milk and honey

by rupi kaur

Fifty Fifty (Harriet Blue)
Newcomers may have a bit of trouble getting into the novel, although the authors do a fairly good job of filling in the backstory as they go along. As the series takes place in Australia, you may not be familiar with several words or phrases that appear on these pages. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this latest collaboration...

Fifty Fifty

by James Patterson

The Woman in the Window: A Novel
Crackling with tension, and the sound of pages turning, as twist after twist sweeps away each hypothesis you come up with about what happened in Anna’s past and what fresh hell is unfolding now.

The Woman in the Window

by A. J. Finn

Ready Player One
...sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero.
Publishers Weekly

Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline

Still Me: A Novel
There is something lackadaisical about the writing here that makes getting through all the plot twists a slog.

Still Me

by Jojo Moyes

Look for Me (D. D. Warren)
Despite Gardner’s considerable research into the foster-care system, her plot is a tired one populated with cardboard characters and twists any savvy reader will see coming a mile away.

Look for Me

by Lisa Gardner

Before We Were Yours: A Novel
Wingate sheds light on a shameful true story of child exploitation but is less successful in engaging readers in her fictional characters' lives.

Before We Were Yours

by Lisa Wingate

The Wife Between Us: A Novel
One of the subplots, the one about the bad thing in Florida, was fresher than the main plot—maybe Hendricks and Pekkanen should have written a whole book about that. Easy to read, smoothly put together. A good airport book.

The Wife Between Us

by Greer Hendricks