‘Sweetbitter’ is a novel to be savored

Tess comes to New York in the summer of 2006, 22 and aching for adventure. Things seem to fall into place when she aces an interview at a famous restaurant

‘The Second Life of Nick Mason’ by Steve Hamilton

  Nine months after splitting with his longtime publisher, St. Martin's Press, in a public dispute over marketing plans, two-time Edgar Award winner Steve Hamilton returns with a new publisher, a

‘Valiant Ambition’ by Nathaniel Philbrick

In "Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution," Nathaniel Philbrick continues the saga of the American Revolution from his previous book, "Bunker Hill: a

‘Redemption Road’ by John Hart

John Hart’s first four novels earned two Edgar Allan Poe Awards and one nomination, as well as a myriad of other awards. Five years have gone by since his fourth novel,

‘Siddhartha’s Brain’ smart take on meditation

It's a pleasure to read "Siddhartha's Brain," which comes from a science journalist with long experience of explaining ideas for readers of The Guardian and other publications. James Kingsland even

New book ‘Smarter Faster Better’ explains human behavior

With his latest book, New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg joins the likes of Malcolm Gladwell in helping us better understand our world and ourselves. "Smarter Faster Better" seeks to uncover

‘The 14th Colony’ by Steve Berry is gripping novel

Cotton Malone fights a ticking clock and a Russian conspiracy to give the United States government payback in Steve Berry's latest adventure, “The 14th Colony.” This is his third book in

Journalist investigates sex life of teenage girls

A few years ago, journalist Peggy Orenstein wrote a book called "Cinderella Ate My Daughter." In it she examined the ultra-feminine values of "girlie girl" culture and wondered what impact

‘Mrs. Houdini’ offers readers a rollicking ride

Set in the first half of the 20th century, Victoria Kelly's debut novel, "Mrs. Houdini," is a marvel that gallops through time and space. Based on the true story of

Cassandra Clare launches new shadowhunters series

It's been six years since Cassandra Clare introduced a new series in her world of shadowhunting. Readers have been waiting for another cast of brave characters to protect the Earth

Author takes fictitious trip into Truman Capote’s life

Melanie Benjamin proves she's proficient in the fictional portrait genre with "The Swans of Fifth Avenue." This tantalizing novel follows five real-life New York socialites in the 1950s and their unlikely

Ex-cop pens keen-eyed police drama

The first novel in a planned series, "Out of the Blues," introduces an appealing new character in the police drama genre, Atlanta Detective Sarah Alt. Detective Alt — she goes by

Author Alison Gaylin delivers stunning story

An era in which privacy is becoming a myth and people's lives often are played out in the media, scrutinized for every telling detail, makes a provocative foundation for Alison

‘Olive Kitteridge’ author publishes new novel

The narrator of Elizabeth Strout’s new novel has a peculiar voice for a twice-married, successful writer and mother of two grown daughters. She sounds like a little girl. Indeed, readers may

A workaholic dad learns to adapt in ‘This Was Not the Plan’

Charlie Goldwyn's life plan has gone awry. He didn't plan on being raised by a single mother. He didn't plan on his wife dying. He didn't plan on relying on

‘The Cowshed’ a stark reminder of dark time in China

China doesn’t make it easy for its people to openly discuss sensitive issues. Some were surprised, then, when a professor at one of the country’s most prestigious universities published this