Book Reviews

TOM LAKE By Ann Patchett – October 2023

Tom Lake differs from Ann Patchett’s other work in one important way. Like all her later novels it’s beautifully written and totally believable, but it inhabits another world. I

BOOK REVIEW – Activities of Daily Living by Lisa Hsiao Chen – August 2023

BOOK REVIEW - Activities of Daily Living by Lisa Hsiao Chen - August 2023

Chosen one of the Best Books of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly, Vogue, and The New Yorker, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice, Activities of Daily Living is a debut novel that feels as if it’s written by a self-confident and experienced craftsman.

BOOK REVIEW – THE GREAT FIRE BY SHIRLEY HAZZARD

BOOK REVIEW  - THE GREAT FIRE BY SHIRLEY HAZZARD

  Yet The Great Fire is a great read. It is the kind of book that you read leisurely, one that you appreciate for its wonderful prose—each descriptive sentence a small masterpiece.

BOOK REVIEW – The Son by Jo Nesbo – June 2023

BOOK REVIEW - The Son by Jo Nesbo - June 2023

At first I thought that The Son fell into a separate category, that of sheer virtuosity. It’s no accident that it was chosen for the Black Lizard Vintage Crime Collection, which includes classics such as The Big Sleep and The Maltese Falcon.

THE MAGICIAN BY Colm Toibi – March 2023

THE MAGICIAN BY Colm Toibi - March 2023

Seventeen years ago, I read Colm Toibin’s fictional biography of Henry James called The Master. It was the best book I’d read in a long time, the marvelously imagined life of a great writer. It got rave reviews. Now, with The Magician, Toibin has done it again, this time with life of Thomas Mann, a work equally persuasive, intimate, and marvelous in its power to compel belief.

BOOK REVIEWS: CHARLOTTE MCCONAGHY, ONCE THERE WERE WOLVES; GABRIELLE ZEVIN, TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW; BONNIE GARMUS, LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY; CELESTE NG, OUR MISSING HEARTS.

BOOK REVIEWS: CHARLOTTE MCCONAGHY, ONCE THERE WERE WOLVES; GABRIELLE ZEVIN, TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW; BONNIE GARMUS, LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY; CELESTE NG, OUR MISSING HEARTS.

Jane reviews a few books that were recently published and that she has enjoyed.