The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead | LJ Reviews

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

Smoke by Dan Vyleta | LJ Review

As a meditation on the nature of evil, Vyleta’s fourth novel has a depth that will be appreciated even as the action keeps the pages turning.

Now and Again by Charlotte Rogan | LJ Review

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

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

The Assassination Complex by Jeremy Scahill & the Staff of The Intercept | LJ Review

While very much a work of the moment, this account delivers a searing, facts-driven indictment of America’s drone wars and their implications for U.S. democracy and foreign policy.

By the Numbers by Jen Lancaster | LJ Review

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

Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo | LJ Review

LJ’s review of Richard Russo’s Everybody’s Fool

The Girls by Emma Cline | LJ Review

LJ’s review of Emma Cline’s The Girls

Invisible Influence by Jonah Berger | LJ Review

LJ’s review of Jonah Berger’s Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior

Game of Crowns by Christopher Andersen | LJ Review

LJ’s review of Christopher Andersen’s Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne