Waxing Poetic | The Reader’s Shelf

Author Colum McCann wrote in the Guardian that “poets have their fingers on a different pulse.” The creators of the following novels skillfully position poetry at the center of their tales, putting their own fingers on that very beat.

Book Club Possibilities: A Selection from 2015 | Wyatt’s World

Compelling characters, fascinating stories, and themes readers can sink their teeth into are the hallmarks of a good book club pick. Here are five suggestions that are also making many best-of selections and award short lists.

Best Books 2015: Top Ten

Clegg, Bill. Did You Ever Have a Family. Scout: Gallery. ISBN 9781476798172. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476798196. F A house explodes, killing everyone a woman named June holds dear, and as the polished, quietly captivating prose moves back and forth in time and from character to character, Clegg explores how we live with unbearable loss. The different […]

De Robertis, Groff, Leonard, And a Box of “Novel” Secrets | Fiction Reviews, June 1, 2015

De Robertis’s beautifully realized work is as evocative and textured as the tango itself; Groff’s novel offers high drama, hubris, and epic love, complete with Greek chorus–like asides; Liebert delivers a perfect summer read.