‘Leave No Trace’ looks at mental health recovery

A young woman’s determination to overcome her past mental problems tests her resolve when she becomes involved in the high-profile case of a violent young man in

Reluctant mobster pulled back in ‘Bones of Brooklyn’

Howard Fenster, son of a bookkeeper for the Mafia, has been “in the life” since he was 10. But now, he and his girlfriend, Ariel, have fled,

‘Vox’ explores world where women can’t talk freely

Christina Dalcher brings this scenario to life in her debut novel “Vox.” Fueled by the disorder and turbulence of America’s current political climate, Dalcher creates a

‘Decree’ has eerie relevance in today’s political climate

The Washington Decree, Jussi Adler-Olsen’s latest novel to be published in the United States, tells the compelling and sad story of Bruce Jansen, a senator who experienced

David Joy novel takes gritty look at families

David Joy’s unflinching look at those who live in the Appalachian area of western North Carolina takes another unconventional spin in “The Line That Held Us.”

‘Under a Dark Sky’ has shrewd plot, realistic characters

A dark sky park where even the slightest glimmer of light is blocked out provides a fascinating backdrop for Lori Rader-Day’s inventive fourth novel. The darkness that

Relationships are tested in ‘How to Love a Jamaican’

Alexia Arthurs’ short story collection “How to Love a Jamaican” is a timely exploration of multigenerational waves of immigration, the impact separating families has on children and the desire

‘The Mere Wife’ explores ‘Beowulf’ in the suburbs

Maria Dahvana Headley’s new novel, “The Mere Wife,” is much more than a simple recasting of the ancient epic poem “Beowulf” in the suburbs. It’s “The Stepford

Author tackles sexual assault in ‘A Gathering of Secrets’

Linda Castillo’s exquisitely plotted novels delve deep into Amish life and culture using the prism of a police procedural. Without deriding or sentimentalizing the Amish, Castillo illustrates their culture while

Film favorites Bruce Lee, Sterling Hayden shine in new books

Martial arts icon Bruce Lee wanted to be known around the world, and he built the perfect platform to do so as an international film star. An accidental

Historical fiction author explores world of a NY socialite

Kitty’s best friend, Henrietta, comes from an affluent family and is engaged to New York socialite Charles. Unfortunately, the marriage has been forced by their families

‘You Were Made for This’ explores marriage and parenting

Appearances sometimes are not just deceiving but can hide fissures so deep and fractured that tragedy can seem a surprise when it occurs. Michelle Sacks richly explores

An inside look at the writing, production of ‘The Simpsons’

When television's longest-running cartoon show first hit the airwaves, most of its writers and producers gave it six weeks at best. The one optimist in the crew figured it might

Activist’s memoir a poignant voice for incarcerated women

Donna Hylton opens her memoir, “A Little Piece of Light,” with an admission of guilt and remorse for her crimes. However, this isn’t where her story begins.

Cohen hilariously tackles work-life balance in ‘The Glitch’

Shelley Stone is a hard-working CEO of a Silicon Valley tech company that sells a small device called a Conch, which helps improve everyday life. The Conch

Two couples navigate infidelity, chaos in ‘Little Disasters’

The shared birthday of their sons initially connects Michael and Rebecca to Paul and Jenny. While the women labor, the husbands introduce themselves, sharing a smoke and shot of

New book offers hilarious and poignant take on Motherhood

Motherhood is nothing if not a roller coaster of emotions, and a new book on the topic captures the wild ride perfectly. “Amateur Hour: Motherhood in

Connolly reimagines comedian Stan Laurel in ‘he’

Although never referred to by name, the he of the eponymous “he” is comedian Stan Laurel, who with Oliver Hardy, was half of Laurel and Hardy, one of the

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