Reader’s Choice

“The Rosie Project” Written by Graeme Simsion

When a friend recommended “The Rosie Project” (2013) to me, it sounded like a perfect read for this busy season: fast moving and hilarious. She was so right. Australian IT consultant-turned-writer Graeme Simsion struck gold with his breakout novel. Narrator…

“The Good House” Written by Ann Leary

Hildy Good is someone you will want to know. The outspoken narrator of Ann Leary’s 2012 novel “The Good House” takes you into her confidence right away, or so it seems. Leary’s 60-something character is a top-notch realtor in the…

“The Chaperone”

By Laura Moriarty I can’t think of a more enjoyable way to get a social history lesson on the 1920s than reading Laura Moriarty’s 2012 novel, “The Chaperone.” Moriarty brings alive that decade while telling a story that is impossible to…

‘The Burgess Boys’

Written by Elizabeth Strout Athought crept into my mind as I read Elizabeth Strout’s newest novel, “The Burgess Boys” (2013) — “Do they ever award a Pulitzer Prize to someone twice?” This is Strout’s first novel since winning the esteemed…

‘Flora’ Written by Gail Godwin

Prize-winning author Gail Godwin has returned to her southern roots to weave a tight little tale in her newest novel, “Flora” (2013). Her narrator, writer Helen Anstruther, recounts a story set in the summer of 1945 when she is 10…

‘The Interestings’ Written by Meg Wolitzer

“The Interestings” (2013) is a big book in every sense of the word. The dense, almost 500-page novel follows a group of six teenagers who label themselves “The Interestings,” from their meeting in 1974 at Spirit-in-the-Woods camp for artistic teens…

‘Benediction’ Written by Kent Haruf

“Solemn.” That is the word I would use to describe the way I felt reading “Benediction” (2013), Kent Haruf’s newest novel. “Respectful,” I would call myself, of the close look he allows into the private lives of ordinary people. In…