October 13, 2011 When divorced Tony Webster receives an unexpected inheritance, he's pulled back into the past, to the end of his first relationship and the boyhood friend who picked up where he left off. Barnes tells a quietly devastating tale of memory, aging, time and remorse in The Sense of an Ending.
October 11, 2011 Middlesex is a hard act to follow, but Jeffrey Eugenides' latest is a sly, meta-fictional love triangle. Eugenides both satirizes and empathizes with his young intellectual characters' mix of pretentiousness, urgency and earnestness.
September 6, 2011 When her husband of 42 years dies suddenly as she is preparing dinner, the heroine of Lily Tuck's new novel sits vigil at his bedside, mulling over her imperfect marriage as well as life's confounding mathematical complexities.
September 1, 2011 Simon Garfield's lively, richly illustrated history of typefaces is an eye-opening — and sometimes eye-straining — read.
August 17, 2011 With Wendy and the Lost Boys, Julie Salamon has written the perfect biography for playwright Wendy Wasserstein's legions of fans, a book as entertaining and personable as its subject.
August 17, 2011 For those readers looking to exercise their brains while lounging by the pool, this summer has some great reading options. These five engaging books are witty, smart and, best of all, a lot of fun.
August 10, 2011 Set in the high-octane world of New York City private schools, Helen Schulman's latest novel delivers a ripped-from-the-headlines story of an adolescent sext gone viral.
August 8, 2011 Set in rural North Carolina in 1963, Clyde Edgerton's latest novel centers on a frowned-upon friendship which blossoms between two teens from opposite sides of the color divide and tracks.
August 2, 2011 Filled with snappy dialogue and sharp observations, Amor Towles' elegant debut novel transports readers back to New York City circa 1938.
June 27, 2011 In Untold Story, author Monica Ali imagines a alternative future for Princess Diana, in which she doesn't actually die in 1997 but instead flees to an undercover life in the American Midwest.
June 9, 2011 Kate Christensen's latest novel, which follows the travails of a down-and-out poet whose wife of 30 years has thrown him out, is overwhelmed by the doldrums that it chronicles.
June 6, 2011 Set in the Amazon rain forest, Ann Patchett's latest novel, State of Wonder, is a dramatic, transportive adventure story that takes on issues of medical ethics, cultural respect, friendship, love and loyalty.
June 1, 2011 Whimsical illustrations and witty verse can't overcome the author's dense run-on prose in this newly illustrated version of Stein's early children's book.
May 23, 2011 Tessa Hadley creates an intricate tangle of marriage, divorce, lovers and friends in a sophisticated novel that rides the rails between London and Cardiff, Wales.
May 14, 2011 Paying for It is a memoir in comic strips about paying for sex that finds its author, Canadian cartoonist Chester Brown, trying to fulfill "competing desires — the desire to have sex, versus the desire NOT to have a girlfriend."