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Harper Collins

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane is a delightful coming-of-age story about a fourteen-year-old girl from a rigid and sheltered home who enters a completely different world when she gets a summer job as a nanny for a neighboring couple, the Cones, who are... Continue Reading →

All the Children Are Home by Patry Francis

All the Children Are Home is a story about a family, foster parents Dahlia and Louie, and the four children who stayed long enough to burrow deep into their hearts, Jimmy, Zaidie, Jon, and Agnes. The first three had been... Continue Reading →

The (Other) You by Joyce Carol Oates

The (Other) You is an anthology of short stories by the incomparable Joyce Carol Oates. There are fifteen stories in this book and not one disappoints, though a few left me feeling devastated. In some ways, this book is the... Continue Reading →

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

I enjoyed The Girl with a Clock for a Heartso much I immediately read another book by Peter Swanon, Eight Perfect Murders. This is another story I can see as a film, one with Tom Hanks or Jimmy Steward in the... Continue Reading →

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is the sort of thriller I can picture as a movie with Jimmy Stewart or Tom Hanks in the lead role. George Foss is at a local tavern with a long-time friend/lover... Continue Reading →

The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz has my number. He knows exactly what I like and I have not missed an episode of" Foyle's War" or "Midsomer Murders." He is so good at writing mysteries that if I see his name, I know I... Continue Reading →

Highfire by Eion Colfer

Highfire is the story of a plucky young boy named Squib who is excels at going from the frying pan to the fire. His real name is Everett, but he's called Squib after losing a finger in a dynamite accident. The... Continue Reading →

The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson

The Sacrament is the story of a nun returning to Iceland years after she was sent to investigate a priest running a Catholic elementary school who had been anonymously denounced for molesting children. She narrates the story as we slip... Continue Reading →

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

The dramatic revelations of #MeToo are natural fodder for fiction. Fiction has been exploring the story of older men seducing underage girls for years, mostly from the perspective of the men. My Dark Vanessa explores what could be the tired story... Continue Reading →

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

What is justice? How can we love people who do evil? Can someone be a good person in one realm and evil in another? These are just a few of the pressing questions Steph Cha' examines in Your House Will... Continue Reading →

The Diver’s Game by Jesse Ball

The Diver's Game is a painful book to read in Trump's America. It is set in a society that has embraced inequality, not only of outcomes but of opportunities. Ball imagines a society that feels beset by refugees. They decide... Continue Reading →

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin

The Last Romantics is a sibling love story. The Skinner children's relatively normal life was interrupted when their father died and their mother sank into a depression that left them to rely on themselves for three years, three years they... Continue Reading →

America Was Hard to Find by Kathleen Alcott

What drives people to achieve greatness or infamy? In America Was Hard to Find, Kathleen Alcott tells the story of a brief love affair and the child who resulted. It beings in the late Fifties where Vincent Kahn, a married... Continue Reading →

Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson

Beyond the Point, by Claire Gibson, is a love story, but not the conventional love story encapsulated by the childhood rhyme about a boy and a girl sitting in a tree. It's the love of friendship that waxes and wanes over... Continue Reading →

The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem

Even some 20 years after reading "Motherless Brooklyn" I can still remember the enchantment of reading it. Since then I have been a devoted Jonathan Letham reader. Despite being in the midst of a couple other books, I dropped everything... Continue Reading →

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