Book Reviews 2012 – 2017

All reviews sorted by author –

Abbott, Megan – The End of Everything
Abbott, Megan – Dare Me
Albert, Elisa – After Birth
Alderson, Maggie – The GoMo
Alderson, Maggie – Shall We Dance?
Alderson, Maggie – Everything Changes But You
Alger, Christina – The Darlings
Ali, Sabahattin – Madonna in a Fur Coat
Ammaniti, Niccolo – Me and You
Andersson, Lena – Wilful Disregard
Anshaw, Carol – Aquamarine
Anshaw, Carol – Carry the One
Attenberg, Jami – The Middlesteins
Ashley, Melissa – The Birdman’s Wife
Atwood, Margaret – The Heart Goes Last
Avallone, Silvia – Swimming to Elba

Backman, Fredrik – A Man Called Ove
Bail, Murray – Eucalyptus
Barbery, Muriel – The Gourmet
Barker, Dawn – Fractured
Barnes, Julian – The Noise of Time
Barnett, Laura – The Versions of Us
Barnett, Laura – Greatest Hits
Barrett, Shirley – Rush Oh!
Barrymore, Drew – Wildflower
Barrymore, Drew – Little Girl Lost
Bauer, Carlene – Frances and Bernard
Bauermeister, Erica – The Monday Night Cooking School
Baume, Sara – A Line Made by Walking
Baxter, Charles – The Feast of Love
Beale, Susan – The Good Guy
Bennett, Alan – The Uncommon Reader
Bennett, Brit – The Mothers
Benjamin, Melanie – The Aviator’s Wife
Bernier, Nichole – The Unfinished Journals of Elizabeth D
Best, Gillian – The Last Wave
Bitto, Emily – The Strays
Blain, Georgia – Between a Wolf and a Dog
Blume, Judy – In the Unlikely Event
Blume, Judy – Summer Sisters
Boo, Katherine – Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Bourdain, Anthony – A Cook’s Tour
Boyle, T.C. – The Women
Brett, Lily – Lola Bensky
Brookner, Anita – Fraud
Brooks, Geraldine – March
Brooks, Geraldine – Caleb’s Crossing
Brown, Brene – The Gifts of Imperfection
Brown, Luke – My Biggest Lie
Brunt, Carol Rifka – Tell the Wolves I’m Home
Burton, Jessie – The Miniaturist
Burton, Jessie – The Muse
Bushnell, Candace – One Fifth Avenue
Butler, Kirker – Pretty Ugly
Butler, Sarah – Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love
Byers, Sam – Idiopathy

Cadwallader, Robyn – The Anchoress
Carey, Peter – The Chemistry of Tears
Carter, Paul D. – Eleven Seasons
Cash, Wiley – A Land More Kind Than Home
Catton, Eleanor – The Rehearsal
Celona, Marjorie – Y
Chabon, Michael – The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Chang, Jade – The Wangs vs the World
Chevalier, Tracy – New Boy
Chin, Rachael – Nice Girl
Choi, Susan – My Education
Christie, Michael – If I Fall, If I Die
Clarke, Maxine Beneba – Foreign Soil
Clarke, Maxine Beneba – The Hate Race
Cleave, Chris – Gold
Cline, Emma – The Girls
Cloke, Nicci – Someday Find Me
Close, Jennifer – Girls in White Dresses
Close, Jennifer – Things We Need
Cocks, H & Morgan, J – Messy
Cocks, H & Morgan, J – Spoiled
Cocks, H & Morgan, J – The Royal We
Collins, Suzanne – The Hunger Games
Cooper, Fran – These Dividing Walls
Costello, Mary – Academy Street
Cozza, Edward – Nowhere Yet
Crosley, Sloane – I Was Told There’d Be Cake
Cusworth, Fran – The Near Miss

Dave, Laura – The First Husband
Dave, Laura – London is the Best City in America
Davis, Brooke – Lost and Found
Daylight, Tegan Bennett – Six Bedrooms
Dee, Jonathan – A Thousand Pardons
Delacourt, Grégoire – My Wish List
Dermont, Amber – The Starboard Sea
de Kretser, Michelle – Questions of Travel
de Saint Phalle, Catherine – Poum and Alexandre
de Rosnay, Tatiana – Sarah’s Key
de Rossi, Portia – Unbearable Lightness
de Waal, Kit – My Name is Leon
Dicks, Matthew – Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
Dicks, Matthew – The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa – The Language of Flowers
Dinsdale, Robert – Little Exiles
Doerr, Anthony – All the Light We Cannot See
Doidge, Norman – The Brain That Changes Itself
Doidge, Norman – The Brain’s Way of Healing
Donoghue, Emma – The Wonder
Donovan, Kay – Bush Oranges
Doughty, Louise – Apple Tree Yard
Down, Jennifer – Our Magic Hour
Drake, Monica – The Stud Book
Dubecki, Larissa – Prick With a Fork
Dubow, Charles – Indiscretion
Duras, Marguerite – The Lover
Durham, Gabe – Fun Camp

Earls, Nick – Making Laws for Clouds
Egan, Jennifer – Black Box
Ellmann, Lucy – Mimi
Emmich, Val – The Reminders
Enright, Anne – The Green Road
Ephron, Nora – Heartburn
Erens, Pamela – The Virgins
Espach, Alison – The Adults
Essbaum, Jill Alexander – Hausfrau
Eugenides, Jeffrey – The Marriage Plot

Ferrante, Elena – The Lost Daughter
Ferrante, Elena – My Brilliant Friend
Ferrante, Elena – The Story of a New Name
Ferrante, Elena – Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay Behind
Fielding, Helen – Mad About the Boy
Fierro, Julia – Cutting Teeth
Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Great Gatsby
FitzGerald, Helen – Viral
Flanagan, Richard – The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Flitcroft, Ian – The Reluctant Cannibals
Flynn, Gillian – Gone Girl
Foenkinos, David – Delicacy
Foer, Jonathan Safran – Here I Am
Ford, Richard – Canada
Forman, Gayle – If I Stay
Forster, Deborah – The Meaning of Grace
Fowler, Karen Joy – We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Fowler, Therese Anne – Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Fox, Lauren – Days of Awe
Fragoso, Margauz – Tiger, Tiger
Franck, Julia – Back to Back
Freeman, Hadley – Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies
Frew, Peggy – House of Sticks
Frew, Peggy – Hope Farm
Frey, James – A Million Little Pieces
Fried, Dinah – Fictitious Dishes
Fuller, Claire – Our Endless Numbered Days
Fuller, Claire – Swimming Lessons
Funder, Anna – All That I Am

Gaige, Amity – Schroder
Gaffigan, Jim – Food – A Love Story
Galgut, Damon – Arctic Summer
Garfield, Simon – Just My Type
Garner, Helen – This House of Grief
Gavalda, Anna – Someone I Loved
Genova, Lisa – Still Alice
George, Anna – What Came Before
Geraghty, Ciara – Lifesaving for Beginners
Gibney, Michael – Sous Chef
Gideon, Melanie – Wife 22
Gilbert, Elizabeth – The Signature of All Things
Gilsdorf, Janet – Ten Days
Gilmore, Jennifer – The Mothers
Goldsworthy, Anna – Welcome to Your New Life
Goldsworthy, Anna – Piano Lessons
Goodman, Allegra – The Cookbook Collector
Goolirick, Robert – Heading Out to Wonderful
Goolrick, Robert – The Fall of Princes
Green, Jane – The Accidental Husband
Green, John – The Fault in Our Stars
Green, Matthew – Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
Greene, Thomas – If I Forget You
Grimwood, Jonathan – The Last Banquet
Grosz, Stephen – The Examined Life

Haig, Matt – Reasons to Stay Alive
Hamid, Mohsin – Exit West
Harbach, Chad – The Art of Fielding
Harrington, Rebecca – Penelope
Harrison, Kate – Old School Ties
Harrower, Elizabeth – A Few Days in the Country and Other Stories
Hart, Josephine – Damage
Hartnett, Sonya – Of a Boy
Hartnett, Sonya – Life in Ten Houses
Hartnett, Sonya – Golden Boys
Hartnett, Sonya – Surrender
Haruf, Kent – Our Souls at Night
Harvey, Tom – The Eighties: A Bitchen Time to be a Teenager
Hawkins, Paula – The Girl on the Train
Hayes, Nicole – The Whole of My World
Healey, Emma – Elizabeth is Missing
Helle, Helle – This Should be Written in the Present Tense
Hemmings, Kaui Hart – How to Party With an Infant
Henry-Jones, Eliza – In the Quiet
Hershon, Joanna – A Dual Inheritance
Hiaasen, Carl – Nature Girl
Higgins, Fiona – The Mothers’ Group
Hill, Katherine – The Violet Hour
Hooper, Chloe – The Engagement
Horan, Nancy – Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Hornby, Nick – A Long Way Down
Hudson, Kerry – Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma
Hustvedt, Siri – The Summer Without Men

Irving, John – Avenue of Mysteries
Irving, John – In One Person

James, E. L. – Fifty Shades of Grey
James, Wendy – The Mistake
Jamison, Leslie – The Empathy Exams
Jamison, Leslie – The Gin Closet
Janzen, Rhoda – Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
Johnson, Heather Taylor – Pursuing Love and Death
Johnson, Susan – My Hundred Lovers
Johnston, Chris & Jones, Rosie – The Family
Jones, Andy – The Two of Us
Jones, Rod – The Mothers
Jones, Wendy – The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals
Joosten, Melanie – Berlin Syndrome
Jordan, Toni – Addition
Jordan, Toni – Our Tiny, Useless Hearts
Joyce, Rachel – Perfect
Juchau, Mireille – The World Without Us

Karlinsky, Harry – The Evolution of Inanimate Objects
Kelby, N. M. – White Truffles in Winter
Kent, Hannah – Burial Rites
Kent, Hannah – The Good People
Kibler, Julie – Calling Me Home
King, Claire – The Night Rainbow
Kinzer, Dave – The 80s Music Compendium
Klaussman, Liza – Tigers in Red Weather
Knight, India – My Life on a Plate
Knox, Malcolm – The Wonder Lover
Koch, Herman – The Dinner
Koch, Herman – Summer House with Swimming Pool
Kogan, Deborah Copaken – The Red Book
Kohler, Sheila – Once We Were Sisters
Kondo, Marie – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Krasnostein, Sarah – The Trauma Cleaner
Krauth, Kirsten – Just a Girl
Kuhn, William – Mrs Queen Takes the Train

Ladd, Kylie – After the Fall
Ladd, Kylie – Into My Arms
La Force, Thessaly and Mount, Jane – My Ideal Bookshelf
Laguna, Sofie – The Eye of the Sheep
Lamb, Wally – We Are Water
Lane, Harriet – Alys, Always
Leavitt, Caroline – Cruel Beautiful World
Lee, Harper – Go Set a Watchman
Leigh, Julia – Avalanche
Lette, Kathy – The Boy Who Fell to Earth
Levy, Deborah – Swimming Home
Levy, Deborah – Hot Milk
Lewis, Krisyn Kusek – How Lucky You Are
Limprecht, Eleanor – Long Bay
Lindsay, Joan – Picnic at Hanging Rock
Lipman, Elinor – The Way Men Act
Livesey, Margot – Eva Moves the Furniture
Lockhart, E. – We Were Liars
Loe, Erlend – Doppler
London, Joan – The Golden Age
London, Joan – The Good Parents
Lowe, Rob – Stories I Only Tell My Friends

MacLeod, Alison – Unexploded
Maguire, Emily – An Isolated Incident
Maksik, Alexander – You Deserve Nothing
Mandery, Evan – Q
Manning, Kate – My Notorious Life
Marias, Javier – The Infatuations
Mattei, Peter – The Deep Whatsis
McCarthey, Cormac – The Road
McCracken, Elizabeth – An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination
McEwan, Ian – Amsterdam
McEwan, Ian – Sweet Tooth
McEwan, Ian – The Children Act
McEwan, Ian – Nutshell
McInerney, Jay – Bright Lights, Big City
McInerney, Lisa – The Glorious Heresies
McKenzie, Elizabeth – The Portable Veblen
McLain, Paula – The Paris Wife
McLaughlin, Emma & Kraus, Nicola – How to Be a Grown-up
McLoughlin, Rosemary – Tyringham Park
McPartlin, Anna – The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes
Mears, Gillian – Foal’s Bread
Meek, James – The Heart Broke In
Mendicino, Tom – KC, at Bat
Meyers, Randy Susan – The Comfort of Lies
Meyers, Randy Susan – Accidents of Marriage
Mitford, Nancy – Wigs on the Green
Mitford, Nancy – Pigeon Pie
Moody, Rick – The Ice Storm
Moore, Liz – Heft
Moore, Liz – The Words of Every Song
Moran, Caitlin – How to Build a Girl
Moriarty, Laura – The Chaperone
Moriarty, Liane – The Hypnotist’s Love Story
Moriarty, Liane – Big Little Lies
Morton, Kate – The Secret Keeper
Morton, Kate – The Lake House
Moshfegh, Ottessa – Eileen
Moss, Sarah – The Tidal Zone
Moyes, Jojo – Me Before You
Muir, Elspeth – Wasted
Murakami, Haruki – South of the Border, West of the Sun
Murray, Paul – Skippy Dies
Murray-Smith, Joanna – Sunnyside

Nicholls, David – Starter for Ten
Niederhoffer, Galt – The Romantics
Norman, Matthew – Domestic Violets
Norman, Matthew – We’re All Damaged
Nutting, Alissa – Tampa

Oakley, Colleen – Before I Go
Oates, Joyce Carol – We Were the Mulvaneys
O’Farrell, Maggie – Instructions for a Heatwave
Offill, Jenny – Dept. of Speculation
O’Neill, Louise – Asking For It
Oswald, Debra – Useful
Overington, Caroline – I Came to Say Goodbye

Palacio, R. J. – Wonder
Palmer, Tony – Break of Day
Park, David – The Light of Amsterdam
Parks, Tim – Thomas and Mary
Parmar, Priya – Vanessa and Her Sister
Parrett, Favel – When the Night Comes
Parrett, Favel – Past the Shallows
Parsons, Tony – Catching the Sun
Pascal, Francine – The Sweet Life
Patchett, Ann – Commonwealth
Pekkanen, Sarah – The Best of Us
Perkins, Emily – The Forrests
Perlman, Elliot – The Street Sweeper
Perrotta, Tom – Mrs Fletcher
Pieper, Liam – The Feel Good Hit of the Year
Pieper, Liam – The Toy Maker
Pitoniak, Anna – The Futures
Porter, Andrew – In Between Days
Pung, Alice – Laurinda
Prentiss, Molly – Tuesday Nights in 1980

Quindlen, Anna – Miller’s Valley

Rachman, Tom – The Imperfectionists
Rakoff, Joanna – My Salinger Year
Rekulak, Jason – The Impossible Fortress
Richardson, Nick – Kitchen Table Memoirs
Rindell, Suzanne – The Other Typist
Robertson, Eliza – Demi-Gods
Robison,  John Elder – Raising Cubby
Rogers, Jane – Conrad & Eleanor
Ronson, Jon – So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
Rooney, Sally – Conversations with Friends
Rose, Heather – The Museum of Modern Love
Rostain, Michel – The Son
Rowell, Rainbow – Eleanor & Park
Ruskovich, Emily – Idaho

St.John, Madeleine – The Women in Black
Schumacher, Julie – Dear Committee Members
Segal, Francesca – The Innocents
Shapiro, Susan – Five Men Who Broke My Heart
Shapton, Leanne – Swimming Studies
Shapton. Leanne – Was She Pretty?
Sharma, Akhil – Family Life
Shelasky, Alyssa – Apron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs In and Out of the Kitchen
Shipstead, Maggie – Seating Arrangements
Shipstead, Maggie – Astonish Me
Shriver, Lionel – Big Brother
Shriver, Lionel – Double Fault
Shulman, Alix Kates – Ménage
Shulman, Alix Kates – Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen
Silvey, Craig – Jasper Jones
Simsion, Greg – The Rosie Project
Simsion, Graeme – The Rosie Effect
Sittenfeld, Curtis – Eligible
Skomsvold, Kjersti Annesdatter – The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am
Sloan, Holly Goldberg – Counting by 7s
Sloss, Aria Beth – Autobiography of Us
Smailes, Caroline – 99 Reasons Why
Smailes, Caroline – 100 RPM – One Hundred Stories Inspired By Music
Smailes, Caroline – Disraeli Avenue
Smith, Annabel – Whiskey & Charlie
Smith, Dominic – The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Smith, Laura Lee – Heart of Palm
Smith, Zadie – The Embassy of Cambodia
Smith, Zadie – Swing Time
Sneed, Christine – Little Known Facts
Somer, Bradley – Fishbowl
Spivack, Kathleen – Unspeakable Things
Spiotta, Dana – Innocents and Others
Stack, Steve – It Is Just You Everything’s Not Shit
Starford, Rebecca – Bad Behaviour
Stedman, M. L – The Light Between Oceans
Stegner, Wallace – Crossing to Safety
Stein, Leigh – The Fallback Plan
Stonich, Sarah – Vactionland
Stradal, J. Ryan – Kitchens of the Great Midwest
Strayed, Cheryl – Wild
Stridsberg, Sara – The Gravity of Love
Strout, Elizabeth – Olive Kitteridge
Strout, Elizabeth – My Name is Lucy Barton
Strout, Elizabeth – Anything is Possible
Sullivan, J. Courtney – Maine
Sved, Miriam – Game Day
Swift, Graham – Mothering Sunday
Swift, Graham – The Light of Day

Tartt, Donna – The Goldfinch
Taylor, Cory – Dying, a Memoir
Taylor, Elizabeth – In a Summer Season
Taylor, Elizabeth – A Wreath of Roses
Thomson, Alexa – Antarctica on a Plate
Thúy, Kim – Ru
Tiffany, Carrie – Mateship with Birds
Tóibín, Colm – Nora Webster
Tóibín, Colm – Brooklyn
Towles, Amor – Rules of Civility
Tranter, Kirsten – A Common Loss
Trope, Nicole – The Boy Under the Table
Tropper, Jonathan – One Last Thing Before I Go
Tropper, Jonathan – The Book of Joe
Tsiolkas, Christos – Barracuda
Tuck, Lily – Sisters

Uhlman, Fred – Reunion
Ulman, Abigail – Hot Little Hands
Unsworth, Emma Jane – Animals
Unsworth, Emma Jane – Hungry, the Stars and Everything
Vanderbeke, Birgit – The Mussel Feast
van Neerven, Ellen – Heat and Light
Vida, Vendela – The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty
von Alderstein, Marion – The Freudian Slip
von Arnim, Elizabeth – The Enchanted April
Voumard, Sonya – The Media and the Massacre

Waldman, Adelle – The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P
Waldman, Ayelet – Red Hook Road
Wallace, Danny – Charlotte Street
Walsh, Helen – The Lemon Grove
Walter, Jess – Beautiful Ruins
Warlick, Ashley – The Arrangement
Waterland, Rosie – The Anti Cool Girl
Waters, Sarah – The Paying Guests
Watson, Mark – Eleven
Watson, S.J. – Second Life
Watson, Winifred – Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Wayne, Teddy – The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
Weiner, Jennifer – Then Came You
Weiner, Jennifer – Best Friends Forever
Weiner, Matthew – Heather, the Totality
Weisberger, Lauren – Chasing Harry Winston
Weiss, Dara-Lyn – The Heavy
West, Michael Lee – Consuming Passions
Whitaker, Kayla Rae – The Animators
Whiting, Frances – Walking on Trampolines
Wilde, Samantha – I’ll Take What She Has
Winter, Kathleen – Annabel
Winterson, Jeanette – Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Winterson, Jeanette – The Gap of Time
Wright, Callie – Love All
Wright, Fiona – Small Acts of Disappearance
Wolitzer, Meg – The Interestings
Wood, Charlotte – Love & Hunger
Wood, Charlotte – The Children
Wood, Charlotte – Animal People
Wood, Charlotte – The Natural Way of Things
Wyld, Evie – All the Birds, Singing

Xinran – Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother
Xinran – Miss Chopsticks

Yanagihara, Hanya – A Little Life
Yates, Richard – Cold Spring Harbor
Yates, Richard – The Easter Parade
Yellin, Linda – What Nora Knew
Yoshimoto, Banana – Kitchen
Young, Harrison – Nantucket

Ziervogel, Meike – Magda
Zweig, Stefan – The Post Office Girl

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