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The End of the Book

By Porter Shreve - Published 2014


Two narratives alternate in this fictional experiment. The first is set in Chicago beginning in 2008. In order to pay off debt accumulated getting ...Read Review

The Poisoned Crown

By Maurice Druon - Published 2014


George R. R. Martin wrote an enthusiastic introduction to this novel, acknowledging that it was a source for A Game of Thrones. This ...Read Review

The Boy in His Winter

By Norman Lock - Published 2014



Huckleberry Finn floats down the Mississippi without aging until the early 21st century, when he encounters Hurricane Katrina. Arrested for his inadvertent involvement ...Read Review

The Smoke At Dawn (Civil War in the West)

By Jeff Shaara - Published 2014Published 2014-06-19



Jeff Shaara wrote his first two Civil War books as a continuation of his late father Michael’s inspired Gettysburg novel, The Killer ...Read Review

The Man Who Loved Dogs

By Anna Kushner (trans.) - By Leonardo Padura - Published 2013


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Three men who loved dogs play major roles in this novel about the assassination of Leon Trotsky. A Cuban veterinary magazine editor meets ...Read Review

In the Night of Time

By Antonio Muñoz Molina - By Edith Grossman (trans.) - Published 2014



We meet Ignacio Abel, a prominent Spanish architect, at Penn Station in 1936 as he flees from Madrid, where he was in danger from ...Read Review

She’s Leaving Home

By William Shaw - Published 2014



Although primarily a police procedural, this novel, set in 1968, successfully portrays a rapidly changing British culture. A young woman’s body is found ...Read Review

The Fiery Alphabet

By Diane Lefer - Published 2013


We first meet Daniela Meso in 1764 as a 17-year-old prodigy, proficient in mathematics and fluent in Greek and Hebrew, among other languages. She ...Read Review

Lion and Leopard

By Nathaniel Popkin - Published 2013



Multiple narrators combine to paint a picture of the Philadelphia art world around 1820, beginning with some young men who come to the city ...Read Review

Ask Not

By Max Allan Collins - Published 2013



This is the third and presumably final entry in a trilogy on the JFK assassination which began with Bye Bye, Baby, about the ...Read Review