Fiction Reviews

Between Friends by Amos Oz

Compelling stories about the intersecting lives of men and women living on a kibbutz. In some ways its a short novel with the narrative changing from one protagonist to another, but with most of the characters somewhere in each chapter or story. Oz writes in clear, simple, subtle prose, pungent and thoughtful.

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By Amos Oz, Sondra Silverston (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780547985589
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 24th, 2013

"Oz lifts the veil on kibbutz existence without palaver. His pinpoint descriptions are pared to perfection . . . His people twitch with life." -- Scotsman

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Looking for an antidote to Romeo & Juliet, and all the other frustrating, unrequited teenage love stories? THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is the answer. It really does live up to all the buzz! Strong writing, believable characters, and nearly unbearable honesty. Recommended by Kelly.

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ISBN: 9780142424179
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Published: Penguin Books - April 8th, 2014

From John Green, the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

"The greatest romance story of this decade." --Entertainment Weekly

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

A wonderfully written modern space opera, Leckie's debut novel is the right mix of broad, intriguing galactic/political unknown coupled with compelling, multi-faceted (quite literally) characters. Fresh, engaging and complex, Ancillary Justice was one of my favorite books of the year. Recommended by Alex.

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ISBN: 9780316246620
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Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2013

The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie's New York Times bestselling trilogy.
On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

The View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman’s delightful new novel The View from Penthouse B is the witty tale of unexpectedly widowed Gwen, who moves in with her divorced sister Margot. Margot’s ex-husband is a fertility doctor (much scandal in that divorce…), and they lost money in a Ponzi scheme. There is a third tenant, cupcake-baker Timothy.

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ISBN: 9780544228078
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Published: Mariner Books - April 8th, 2014

"It's all wonderful fun. Lipman sketches her characters' foibles with amused affection and moves the plot forward with practiced ease." - Washington Post

The Wisdom of the Myths by Luc Ferry

A wonderful introduction to the tropes and concerns of Greek mythology. Written for a lay audience, Ferry's guide suggests that the lessons of Tantalus, Sisyphus, and Orpheus have much to teach us about the role of harmony - peace of mind, cosmic justice, and a sense of fairness - in our world today. Engaging, informative, and compelling! Recommended by Chip.

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ISBN: 9780062215451
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 7th, 2014

More than 100,000 copies sold in France

A fascinating new journey through Greek mythology that explains the myths' timeless lessons and meaning

Moby Dick, or The Whale by Herman Melville

One of the most captivating, bizarre, and wondrous novels I've ever read. Melville really turns prose into poetry...some passages continue to reverberate in me to this day. Plus, who can resist the line: "They are fighting Quakers; they are Quakers with a vengeance." Worth all of the effort...I'm still rereading it years later. Recommended by Chip.

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ISBN: 9780062085641
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 7th, 2011

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

“Call me Ishmael.”

Old Filth

Failed In London Try Hong Kong. Once you get the title, you see what a clever, witty book this will be.It's the story of "Raj orphan," a young red-headed Scot born in Malaya (Malaysia) and sent at age five to England to be educated. Brillian, handsome, charismatic, he becomes Old Filth.Great story, wonderfully told!

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ISBN: 9781933372136
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Published: Europa Editions - June 1st, 2006

Book One in Jane Gardam's Old Filth Trilogy

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

Fans of P.G. Wodehouse: rejoice! Sebastian Faulks has written a delightful new novel, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, a very funny homage to Wodehouse’s idyllic England and the escapades of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster as depicted in his many humorous novels. Faulks has masterfully captured the original nuances, humor and language. It’s just a joy to slip into this world again!

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ISBN: 9781250047595
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 5th, 2013

Bertie Wooster (a young man about town) and his butler Jeeves (the very model of the modern manservant) return in their first new novel in nearly forty years: "Jeeves and the Wedding Bells" by Sebastian Faulks.

On Little Wings

Jennifer, a gutsy 16-year-old daughter, discovers she has an unknown aunt in Maine, and in her wish to know more about her and the why to this secret, helps solve a mystery. This wonderfully written first novel about a Midwest family, won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. It is multi-generational in its focus, and deals with loss, grief, a first love, and forgiveness.

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ISBN: 9780670786060
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Published: Viking Children's Books - May 30th, 2013

Jennifer is an only child, and so were her parents at least that's what she thinks, until she finds an old photo in the back of one of her mother's books. The woman in the photo looks just like Jennifer, down to the smattering of freckles across her nose. And her mother refuses to talk about it.