Category: Reader’s Choice

‘The Light of Paris’ Written by Eleanor Brown

Though I might be yearning for a trip to Paris this summer, I have opted to take only a literary one, allowing Eleanor Brown’s newest novel, “The Light of Paris” (2016) to take me there. As a bonus, it is…

‘Lab Girl’ Written by Hope Jahren

Hope Jahren announces at the start of her award-winning memoir “Lab Girl” (2016) that “people are like plants; they grow towards the light.” As she rolls out the story of her rural Minnesota childhood, we understand how she chose science…

‘Anything Is Possible’ Written by Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout has done it again. She has written still another novel that deserves all the attention a Pulitzer Prize-winning author (for “Olive Kitteridge”) automatically gets. “Anything Is Possible” (2017) is her stunning new book, categorized as a novel, but…

‘Vinegar Girl’ Written by Anne Tyler

If this review were for The New York Times, I’d surely have been reading Anne Tyler’s “Vinegar Girl” (2016) with a keen eye on noting similarities and differences to the original work, since it is based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming…

‘On Turpentine Lane’ Written by Elinor Lipman

It is almost impossible to find a smart, romantic comedy these days at the movies, but I know just where to go at a bookstore—that would be to Fiction, and then the L shelf for Lipman. She never disappoints. Her…

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Written by J.D. Vance

Like thousands of others, I picked up J.D. Vance’s New York Times bestselling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” (2016) to better understand why the white working class in the middle of the country carried a newcomer to politics and government service, of…

‘Commonwealth’ Written by Ann Patchett

“Commonwealth” (2016) is Ann Patchett’s seventh novel, but she facetiously calls it her “autobiographical first novel,” alluding to the debut novel a 20-something might write where it’s unabashedly stolen from her own life. If you’ve read other books by Patchett,…

‘Today Will Be Different’ Written by Maria Semple

If you’re in the mood this winter for a book to snuggle up with that will transport you to a dreamy spot, look elsewhere! You’re not going to find it with Maria Semple’s newest novel “Today Will Be Different” (2016).…

‘Love Warrior’ Written by Glennon Doyle Melton

Like other books that win the lottery (that is, become an Oprah Winfrey Book Club pick) “Love Warrior” (2016) will be read by millions. What they will learn and discuss is one woman’s strikingly honest tale of going through a…

‘The Last Painting of Sara De Vos’ Written by Dominic Smith

Art, they say, inspires. Having finished Dominic Smith’s wonderful “The Last Painting of Sara De Vos” (2016), I can assure you that a novel about a work of art can also inspire. The glue that holds together Smith’s ambitious story…