The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro | LJ Review

The author of The Art Forger returns to the art world in The Muralist. a noirish intrigue and fine-art detective story that ably intersects the early years of the abstract expressionist movement with the run-up to World War II and the institutionalized anti-Semitism that denied American visas to Jewish refugees.

Two on Elvis Costello | LJ Reviews

Costello, Elvis. Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. Blue Rider. Oct. 2015. 688p. photos. ISBN 9780399167256. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780698140653. MUSIC It’s no surprise that Costello, one of the most literate of rock songwriters, has written a fascinating, rich, and evocative memoir told with warmth, intelligence, and wit and filled with memorable descriptions and observations. Costello […]

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone | LJ Review

Librarian Wirestone’s debut is a gem of “geek chic,” chronicling the adventures of Dahlia Moss as she tries to solve a mystery in a virtual online game, which turns into a real-life murder.

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts | LJ Review

Gregory David Roberts’s long-awaited sequel to his best-selling Shantaram is bound to be as big a hit as its predecessor.

Encyclical on Climate Change & Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis | LJ Review

“We human beings…need to change”—this blunt requirement typifies Pope Francis’s astonishing encyclical on climate change. He effectively reframes global warming from an abstract, technical issue into a moral one, and gives the problem a new urgency—just in time for his U.S. visit and the upcoming world climate summit in Paris.

Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and The Cuban League by César Brioso | LJ Review

Brioso, César. Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and The Cuban League. Univ. Pr. of Florida. Sept. 2015. 272p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780813061160. $24.95. SPORTS Baseball’s landmark year was 1947—that was when Jackie Robinson integrated the National League and, later in the season, Larry Doby became the American League’s first black player with the Cleveland […]

What You See by Hank Phillippi Ryan | LJ Review

Ryan, Hank Phillippi. What You See: A Jane Ryland Novel. Forge. Oct. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780765374950. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765374981. F Unemployed reporter Jane Ryland finds herself in the right place at the right time when, while on a job interview at Channel 2, she is offered an impromptu opportunity to freelance and cover breaking […]

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz | LJ Review

Stieg Larsson fans can breathe easy. The new Lisbeth Salander thriller by David Lagercrantz is compulsively readable to the electrifying end.

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham | LJ Review

Grisham, John. Rogue Lawyer. Doubleday. Oct. 2015. ISBN. 9780385539432. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385539449. F In his latest, Grisham introduces ­Sebastian Rudd, a renegade street lawyer with an unconventional yet right-minded approach toward advocating for the powerless. Rudd’s cases involve social misfits—all wrongfully accused. There’s the drug-addled sexual pervert from a satanic cult, wanted for molesting and […]

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies by Barak Goodman | LJ Review

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. 3 discs. color. 6+ hrs. Barak Goodman & others, Florentine Films & others, dist. by PBS, shoppbs.org. 2015. DVD UPC 841887024068. $34.99; Blu-ray UPC 841887024075. $39.99. SDH subtitles. MED Cancer. The word sends a shiver of fear rattling through the bones of anyone who hears it. Adults, children, men, […]