The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead | LJ Reviews

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Whitehead’s superb new novel raises the bar for fiction addressing slavery.

Now and Again by Charlotte Rogan | LJ Review

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In this stunning novel from Rogan (The Lifeboat), seemingly unrelated story threads are ingeniously woven into an explosive whole.

A Green and Ancient Light by Frederic S. Durbin | LJ Review

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Durbin (Dragonfly) gives his story an old-fashioned fairy-tale feel (with the exception of Mr. Girondole, the other characters are given initials) and imbues his settings with a languorous sense of being outside of time

By the Numbers by Jen Lancaster | LJ Review

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Lancaster’s sprightly book is all about second chances and familial love

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler | LJ Review

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The Taming of the Shrew meets Green Card in this delightful reinvention that owes as much to Tyler’s quirky sensibilities as it does to its literary forebear.

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon | LJ Review

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Solomon’s razor-sharp prose scrapes her characters raw as she plants them deeply in the history and turmoil of 1920s New England.

Grunt by Mary Roach | LJ Review

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Roach’s (Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers) latest exploration of the science behind ordinary things is an insightful look into the lives of soldiers—not the stories in the news but untold tales, such as how people on submarines sleep

The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda | LJ Review

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Making its U.S. debut, this Japanese best seller is finely tuned, with extreme twists and surprises, and introduces a memorable and powerful female protagonist.

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri | LJ Review

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LJ’s review of Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub | LJ Review

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An engaging story of shifting relationships, Straub’s third novel (The Vacationers; Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures) focuses on Elizabeth, Andrew, and Zoe, who have been friends since their college days