Reader’s Choice

‘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…

“Gone Girl” Written by Gillian Flynn

Hundreds of thousands of people have already read Gillian Flynn’s breakout suspense novel “Gone Girl” (2012), the story of a husband who becomes suspect when his beautiful, brilliant but high-strung wife disappears. Though I normally don’t go for thrillers, I…

“The Widower’s Tale” Written by Julia Glass

National Book Award winner Julia Glass’s fourth novel, “The Widower’s Tale” (2010), is a perfect choice for readers looking for a good, old-fashioned, plot-driven novel. Don’t get me wrong, though. There is nothing out-of-date about the dynamic, messy world Glass…