Reader’s Choice

‘Being Mortal’ Written by Atul Gawande

To read Atul Gawande’s powerful bestseller “Being Mortal” (2014) is to engage in an unflinchingly honest discussion with a brilliant, but humble, doctor about end-of-life issues. Not everyone may be ready for that. It’s easy to put off thinking about…

‘Florence Gordon’ Written by Brian Morton

Florence Gordon, the character, might be one of your least favorite protagonists ever. She’s a grouchy, self-involved, rude know-it-all. But “Florence Gordon,” the book, might well become one of your favorites anyway, as it has for me. It has introduced…

‘Euphoria’ Written by Lily King

Lily King’s prize-winning novel, “Euphoria,” is an intoxicating read that stayed with me long after I finished it. The gifted writer takes us to a time and place we might know only from National Geographic magazines—Papua New Guinea in the…

‘Us’ Written by David Nicholls

I knew I was falling in love from the very first page of David Nicholls’ fourth novel, “Us.” This gifted screenwriter/novelist promises and delivers on a novel full of hilarity, warmth and poignancy. Yet beneath the humor lies a sharp…

‘A Tale for the Time Being’ Written by Ruth Ozeki

Read the reviews of Ruth Ozeki’s third novel, “A Tale for the Time Being,” and you’ll see a stream of enthusiastic reactions: “Intellectually provocative,” “full of breakthroughs,” “a dreamy, spiritual investigation,” to name a few. Yes, the novel is all…