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Adult Fiction

Eighteen Acres by Nicolle Wallace

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  If there's anything that makes me roll my eyes, it's the thinly disguised memoir of a non-writer.

Cost by Roxana Robinson

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In Cost: A Novel , Roxana Robinson creates a harrowing portrayal of a family undone by the younger son’s descent into heroin addiction.

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Nemesis by Philip Roth

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Full disclosure: I have a great appreciation for Philip Roth, but I don’t like his work. There’s so much sexual frustration, so much neurotic Judaism, so much rage. I always end up frustrated and depressed after reading one of his books, which may be his goal.

This Is Where We Live by Janelle Brown


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One of the more underrated 'women' writers out there is Janelle Brown, who follows up on her debut, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything: A Novel with a deft look at marriage, art, and mortgages. How I wish she went by James Brown.

The Girl Who Played With Fire

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I owe an apology to Reg Keeland, the pseudonymous name of Steig Larsson's translater. In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy) , I suggested that perhaps the clunky and odd prose was due to a bad translation.
Nope. It becomes clear in The Girl Who Played with Fire: Book 2 of the Millennium Trilogy   that the problems with Steig Larsson's writing exist because of Stieg Larsson's writing.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

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It's impossible for me to form an opinion about Freedom: A Novel in a vacuum. I suspect that if I existed in another time and place and picked it up, I'd like it, but I would never think of it as the literary event of the decade.

Time Magazine, and the New York Times, disagree.

Cutting for Stone

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It speaks to Abraham Verghese's skills as an author that a 500-plus page book of historical fiction, with long graphic descriptions of medical problems like vaginal fistulas, can still become enormously popular.

Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner

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I have a complicated relationship with Jennifer Weiner that exists completely in my head.

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