Characters get better with age in ‘The Accomplished Guest’

A  woman drinks iced tea on the veranda with her weary parents. A husband and wife select attire for an out-of-town wedding. An uncle drives his niece

John Grisham’s ‘Camino Island’ is fine beach read

The tale opens with a robbery and closes with a reconciliation. In between these bookends, “Camino Island” by John Grisham is populated with ruthless thieves, witty writers

The struggle is real for Katy Perry

She once roared. But now, we’ll just call it meowing. Katy Perry, one of the top voices in contemporary pop over the last decade, limps into

David Sedaris wants you to read his diaries

L ong before Facebook was a gleam in Mark Zuckerberg’s eye or the president of the United States became the world’s most powerful tweeter, David Sedaris was

‘He Said/She Said’ is a thriller to savor

A solar eclipse attracts devoted followers who travel to the best sites to witness the phenomenon, aided by online forums, maps and social media. These eclipse chasers,

Winawer explores passionate love story in ‘Scribe of Siena’

When Beatrice Trovato’s brother dies unexpectedly, the accomplished neurosurgeon takes a leave of absence to settle his affairs. Traveling to Siena proves a welcome distraction from the

Snoop Dogg looks back on CD reflecting rap’s shift

There’s a strong whiff of the past on Snoop Dogg’s new album, starting with the cover: A throwback photo of the young rapper taken almost 25 years

Sandberg wants to change the conversation about death

On their last day together, the Silicon Valley elite couple Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg were sunbathing and playing the popular strategy board game The Settlers of Catan on

Tait tackles millennial friendship in ‘Fake Plastic Love’

Having the ability to determine if someone is truly genuine or posing as a replica of himself is something college graduates try to master before heading off

Two women fight back against the odds in ‘The Red Hunter’

Two women who experienced trauma in their lives fight back against the odds in Lisa Unger’s latest novel, “The Red Hunter.” Zoey Drake lost her parents

A parade of originals sings a country tune

In his new book on country music, in the midst of a riff about Tom T. Hall’s ascent, Peter Cooper boils the Nashville songwriting business down to

Oil wealth, greed, prejudice fueled murders of Osage Indians

The FBI burnished its reputation by gunning down Depression-era gangster John Dillinger and bringing to justice the kidnapper of Charles Lindbergh’s baby. However, a more challenging but

‘The Outsider’ by Anthony Franze is a satisfying mystery

A law student seeking employment after graduation lands in a conspiracy inside the U.S. Supreme Court in “The Outsider,” Anthony Franze’s latest legal thriller. Grayson Hernandez

‘Conviction’ has believable characters, intriguing twists

Julia Dahl’s examination of the myriad communities that exist — sometimes not so harmoniously — in Brooklyn, New York, fuels her third excellent novel featuring freelance reporter

‘Inferno’ brings insight and humanity to Ebola outbreak

In 2014, Dr. Steven Hatch, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, flew into a Liberian airport in the midst of the largest

Laukkanen’s brisk pacing gives urgency to ‘Forgotten Girls’

T he frigid northwest provides a fitting background for “The Forgotten Girls,” Owen Laukkanen’s sixth chilling police procedural featuring Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint

Funny, first novel about freshman love at Harvard

The Idiot,” Elif Batuman’s beautifully written first novel, is a wry, funny coming-of- age story set at the dawn of email among a group of Harvard brainiacs too

‘High Noon’ book draws down on Hollywood blacklist

Years of risking his life to protect his fellow citizens come to this climactic movie moment: The lawman, his gun still hot from a showdown with an

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