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Curtis Sittenfeld Brings the Bennets to the 21st Century

Photo | Submitted "Eligible" by Curtis Sittenfeld is a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."

A few reasons inspired me to pick up Curtis Sittenfeld’s 2016 novel “Eligible.” Most important, I felt something light to read might alleviate the stress of my news-cycle obsession. Also, I had loved the St. Louis-based author’s four other novels,…

Two Books Everyone’s Talking About… for Different Reasons

This month’s choices came from the sphere of “Everyone’s talking about them, and I want to know why.” What Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage” and A.J. Finn’s “The Woman in the Window” have in common is being published to great…

A Glimpse Into the Canons of Two Prolific Contemporary Novelists

This past month, I discovered two novelists who are compelling storytellers and best of all, have written multiple well-received books I can add to my “must read” list. It’s always a delight to try something new—and love it. A number…

Dan Fesperman’s ‘Safe Houses’ Goes Beyond the Typical Spy Story

Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman

It’s especially satisfying to finish an excellent novel by a previously-unknown-to-me author who has written additional books I can look forward to reading. That’s what happened as a result of the Goodreads connection who recently recommended Dan Fesperman’s 2018 thriller…

Jodi Picoult’s New Novel Sparks Self-Examination

Jodi Picoult's "A Spark of Light"

Like nearly all of the Jodi Picoult books I have read, her latest, A Spark of Light, engaged me with its story and characters. And as in her more recent novels that have tackled contemporary controversial subjects, this one compelled…

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George Pelecanos' The Man Who Came Uptown

George Pelecanos’ ‘The Man Who Came Uptown’— An Homage to the Power of Literature George Pelecanos is The Man—in the awesome sense of the word. The uber-talented crime writer has demonstrated his excellence in some 20 previous best-selling novels as…

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Daniel SIlva's The Other Woman

Ripped From the Headlines: Daniel Silva’s “The Other Woman” Every summer, I look forward to reading the latest novel about Israeli super spy—and master art restorer—Gabriel Allon. As in the case of its 17 predecessors, D.C.-based author Daniel Silva’s 2018…