Week of 08 Jul 2018
The President Is Missing
The larger problem, though, is how cramped the novel's scope remains. There's no thrum of national panic, no sense of the wide world outside this very literal narrative.
LA Times

The President Is Missing

by Bill Clinton

The Outsider: A Novel
They are, crucially, not Texans. In a nice play on the title, they are outsiders...King doesn’t presume to be an insider, either. There is a cop of Mexican descent, Yune Sablo, and an Anglo woman who grew up in the area, Lovie Ann Bolton, but neither is the protagonist; King doesn’t inhabit them as he does Anderson and Gibney.
NY Times

The Outsider

by Stephen King

The Cottages on Silver Beach (Haven Point)

No Critic Review

The Cottages on Silver Beach

by RaeAnne Thayne

Tom Clancy Line of Sight (A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel)
There’s plenty of action, but readers looking for gore will have to settle for Bulgarian body parts in a kimchi jar and a poor fellow “shredded…like creamed chipped beef.” Fast-moving and exciting, this one reads like it came from Clancy himself.

Tom Clancy Line of Sight

by Mike Maden

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel
Otherwise, it’s hard to capture just how terrific this book is; the whole here is greater than the sum of its parts. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a near-magical book...
Dear Author

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman

Killing Jesus
A pleasing read if you’re inclined toward the authors’ selective views. Otherwise, the four Gospels will do just fine.

Killing Jesus

by Bill O'Reilly

Wicked and the Wallflower: Bareknuckle Bastards Book 1
...the plot and characters’ motivations feel predictable and yet muddled. The climax and eventual resolution is satisfying but throws the weaknesses of the initial chapters into sharper relief.

Wicked and the Wallflower

by Sarah MacLean

Less: A Novel
...the reader is left unsure of exactly how to conclude. Except perhaps, in avoiding a trite ending all my own (“Less should have been more!”), to say that what frustrates is that a writer of great talent has allowed himself to call finished something that needed to go higher, faster, further...
NY Journal of Books


by Andrew Sean Greer

The Perfect Couple
Sink into this book like a hot, scented bath...a delicious, relaxing pleasure. And a clever whodunit at the same time.

The Perfect Couple

by Elin Hilderbrand

The Rooster Bar
As in all of Grisham’s best books, the reader of “The Rooster Bar” gets good company, a vigorous runaround and — unlike those poor benighted suckers at Foggy Bottom — a bit of a legal education.
NY Times

The Rooster Bar

by John Grisham

Shelter in Place
As a significant bonus, the book’s chilling, brutal opening scenes should be required reading for any politician waffling on the issue of gun control.

Shelter in Place

by Nora Roberts

When Life Gives You Lululemons
Witty, sarcastic and a reminder that wealth doesn’t necessarily bring happiness or buy good sense or decency. Definitely worth a read.
Beauty and Lace

When Life Gives You Lululemons

by Lauren Weisberger

Sharp Objects: A Novel
A savage debut thriller that renders the Electra complex electric, the mother/daughter bond a psychopathic stranglehold...Piercingly effective and genuinely terrifying.

Sharp Objects

by Gillian Flynn

Something in the Water: A Novel
I can say the ending was exciting and I was panicky and shocked and everything I like to feel in an ending to a thriller. So that was good. The story was also full of twists and turns. This part of a psychological thriller was fulfilled.
Jenn Renee Read

Something in the Water

by Catherine Steadman

Crazy Rich Asians
A witty tongue-in-cheek frolic about what it means to be from really old money and what it’s like to be crazy rich.
Publishers Weekly

Crazy Rich Asians

by Kevin Kwan