Category: 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…

‘Everything I Never Told You’ Written by Celeste Ng

Rarely does a book leave me breathless, but “Everything I Never Told You” (2014) did so throughout. Celeste Ng (pronounced –ING) didn’t wow me with fast-paced drama or snappy writing, but rather with a gentle narration of the story of…

“At the Water’s Edge” Written by Sara Gruen

On a family trip at the age of 12, Sara Gruen fell in love with a ruined castle in the Scottish Highlands. Thirty years later the Canadian writer, who now lives in North Carolina with her family, came across an…

‘We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel’ Written by Matthew Thomas

The title grabbed me in an airport bookstore and despite the novel’s heft (620 pages), I excitedly took it on. “We Are Not Ourselves” had such a familiar ring to me, though not from the voice of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,”…

‘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…

‘The Other Language’ Written by Francesca Marciano

“A short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger,” Stephen King once wrote. I must admit I wasn’t always a believer in the titillating impact of a short story, but I’m coming around, especially after reading…

‘Leaving Before the Rains Come’ by Alexandra Fuller

With the publication of her newest memoir, “Leaving Before the Rains Come” (2015), Alexandra Fuller again gives readers a captivating story featuring Africa as the central character. Her readers understand when she says that Africa is the essential relationship of…

‘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…