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Book Reviews


Below are links to book reviews found on this site (arranged alphabetically by author).

FICTION (Novels)

Aboulela, Leila

Adams, Poppy

Adamson, Gil

Addiego, John

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

Adiga, Aravind

Alcott, Kathleen

Alexander, Edwin

Ali, Monica

Allison, Dorothy

Alvarez, Julia

Ames, Greg

Appanah, Nathacha

Asher, Bridget (Julianna Baggott)

Atkinson, Kate

Atwater, Richard and Florence

Atwood, Margaret

Auster, Paul

Bacon, Charlotte

Baker, Tiffany

Barbal, Maria

Barbery, Muriel

Barker, Pat

Barnes, Julian

Barry, Brunonia

Barry, Sebastian

Bauermeister, Erica

Benaron, Naomi

Berg, Elizabeth

Bertino, Marie-Helene

Bessette, Alicia

Birch, Carol

Black, Benjamin

Black, Lisa

Blake, Sarah

Block, Stefan Merrill

Bohjalian, Chris

Boling, Dave

Bolton, S. J.

Boyle, T.C.

Boyne, John

Braffet, Kelly

Braunstein, Sarah

Brill, Amy

Brookner, Anita

Brooks, Geraldine

Brown, Eleanor

Buchan, Elizabeth

Buck, Pearl S.

Burns, Sarah Felix

Burton, Gabrielle

Byatt, A.S.

Cameron, Claire

Capote, Truman

Carlson, Kristina

Center, Katherine

Chaviano, Daina

Church, Kim

Cisneros, Sandra

Clayton, Meg Waite

Cleave, Chris

Coelho, Paulo

Coetzee, J.M.

Collins, Suzanne

Connelly, Karen

Connelly, Michael

Coomer, Joe

Copland, Amanda

Crais, Robert

Cristofano, David

Crombie, Deborah

Cronin, Keith

Crummey, Michael

Cummins, Jeanne

Cunningham, Michael

Curnutt, Kirk

Cussler, Clive

Cutler, Ronald

Dallas, Sandra

De Bernieres, Louis

De Rosnay, Tatiana

Dean, Debra

Delius, Friedrich Christian

Desai, Anita

Desai, Kiran

Desinger, Kevin

Dickens, Charles

DiSclafani, Anton

Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee

Donaghue, Emma

Donnelly, Jennifer

Du Maurier, Daphne

Dunant, Sarah

Ebershoff, David

Edugyan, Esi

Edwards, Kim

Egnoski, Tina

Eng, Tan Twan

Engelmann, Karen

Enger, Lin

Enright, Anne

Erdrich, Louise

Etzioni-Halevy, Eva

Eugenides, Jeffrey

Evans, Stephen

Faye, Lyndsay

Feldman, Ellen

Ferber, Edna

Ferraris, Zoe

Fitzgerald, Penelope

Flynn, Gillian

Follett, Ken

Forna, Aminatta

Frank, Joan

Franklin, Tom

Franzen, Jonathan

Freeman, Ru

French, Nicci

French, Tana

Fuller, David

Fuqua, Jonathon Scott

Galloway, Steven

Gardam, Jane

Garvin, Ann Wertz

Gemmell, Nikki

George, Alex

Gershow, Miriam

Geye, Peter

Ghosh, Amitav

Gibbons, Kaye

Gibbons, Stella

  • Cold Comfort Farm

Goldbloom, Goldie

Gowda, Shilpi Somaya

Gibbons, Stella

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins

Graver, Elizabeth

Green, Jane

Greenberg, Mike

Grenville, Kate

Griffin, Lynne

Grissom, Kathleen

Groff, Lauren

Gruen, Sara

Gunn, Genni

Guterson, David

Hadley, Tess

Hamid, Moshin

Hamann, Hilary Thayer

Hannah, Sophie

Harding, Paul

Harris, Joanne

Hart, John

Haynes, Elizabeth

Hazzard, Shirley

Heller, Zoe

Hemingway, Ernest

Henderson, Smith

Hendricks, Judith Ryan

Henkin, Josh

Henricksen, Bruce

Hill, Lawrence

Hinnefeld, Joyce

Holton, Cathy

Hoover, Michelle

Horan, Ellen

Hosseini, Khaled

Howe, Katherine

Hulme, Keri

Ibsen, Henrik

Irving, John

Irwin, Ron

Ivey, Eowyn

Iweala, Uzodinma

Jackson, Lisa

Jacobs, Kate

Jewett, Sarah Orne

Johnson, Adam

Jones, Sadie

Jones, Tayari

Jordan, Hilary

Joyce, Rachel

Juul, Pia

Kagen, Lesley

Kaplan, Mitchell James

Kasischke, Laura

Katz, Jon

Kelly, Mary Pat

Kent, Hannah

Kent, Kathleen

Kephart, Beth

Kesey, Ken

Kidd, Sue Monk

King, Stephen

Kingsolver, Barbara

Kinsella, Sophie

Kittle, Katrina

Klam, Julie

Kline, Christina Baker

Koch, Herman

Kogen, Deborah Copaken

Krall, Hanna

Krueger, William Kent

Lalwani, Nikita

Lamb, Wally

Larkin, Allie

Larsson, Stieg

Laxness, Halldor

Leavitt, Caroline

Lee, Harper

Lee, Linda Francis

Leegant, Joan

Levy, Andrea

Leyshon, Nell

Lippman, Laura

Listfield, Emily

Livesey, Margot

Llewellyn, Richard

Llosa, Mario Vargas

Lowry, Lois

McCann, Colum

McCarthy, Cormac

McCleary, Kathleen

McDonnell, Adrienne

McEwan, Ian

McMorris, Kristina

McMurtry, Larry

Maara, Anthony

MacDonald, Ann-Marie

Machart, Bruce

Magee, Doug

Mandel, Emily St. John

Mantel, Hilary

Marai, Sandor

Markson, Maud Carol

Marra, Anthony

Martel, Yann

Martin, Lee

Maugham, W. Somerset

Maupin, Armistead

Mawer, Simon

Maynard, Joyce

Mayo, C.M.

Meeks, Christopher

Meier, Diane

Mengestu, Dinaw

Meredith, D.E.

Messud, Claire

Miller, Sue

Mina, Denise

Mitchell, David

Mockett, Marie Mutsuki

Mont, Eve Marie

Moran, Michelle

Morgenstern, Erin

Morrison, Toni

Morse, Eleanor

Morton, Kate

Mosley, Walter

Muller, Herta

Munro, Alice

Murakami, Haruki

Murphy, D.J.

Naipaul, V.S.

Nash, Jennie

Nemirovsky, Irene

Nesbo, Jo

Newmark, Elle

Nicholson, Christopher

Nodine, Thad

Norton, Mary

Nunn, Malla

Oates, Joyce Carol

Obreht, Tea

Oliphant, Margaret

Oliveira, Robin

Olmi, Veronique

O’Donnell, Lisa

O’Nan, Stewart

O’Neill, Joseph

Orgain, Diana

Orringer, Julie

Otsuka, Julie

Palma, Felix J.

Palmer, Michael

Parks, Tim

Pasternak, Boris

Patchett, Ann

Penney, Stef

Perlman, Elliot

Pessl, Marisha

Petterson, Per

Phillips, Caryl

Phillips, Gin

Phillips, Jayne Anne

Piazza, Tom

Picoult, Jodi

Pittard, Hannah

Politycki, Matthias

Powers, Richard

Prose, Francine

Pupek, Jayne

Pye, Virginia

Quindlen, Anna

Rahimi, Atiq

Reece, Gordon

Reichs, Kathy

Richmond, Michelle

Rindell, Suzanne

Roberts, Nora

Roesch, Mattox

Rogers, Jane

Rosenberg, Liz

Roslund, Anders AND Hellstrom, Borge

Roy, Arundhati

Rushdie, Salman

Russell, Karen

Russo, Richard

Ryan, Hank Philippi

Sahlberg, Akso

Salinger, J.D.

Salak, Kira

Santos, Marisa de los

Savage, Sam

Schine, Cathleen

Schlink, Bernhard

Scott, Joanna

See, Lisa

Sem-Sandberg, Steve

Semple, Maria

Shafak, Elif

Shaffer, Mary Ann AND Barrows, Annie

Sharp, Adrienne

Sheehan, Jacqueline

Sheene, Lynn

Sheers, Owen

Sherman, Derek

Shoneyin, Lola

Shortridge, Jennie

Shreve, Anita

Sijie, Dai

Simmons, Lynda

Smith, Tom Rob

Soli, Tatjana

Somerville, Patrick

Southgate, Martha

Spiegel, Jennifer

Spiotta, Dana

Stace, Wesley

Stedman, M.L.

Stegner, Wallace

Stein, Garth

Steinbeck, John

Stevens, Chevy

Stockett, Kathryn

Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Strout, Elizabeth

Sussman, Ellen

Swift, Jonathan

Tan, Amy

Tan, Shaun

Taylor, Andrew

Taylor, Katherine

Taylor, Patrick

Tekulve, Susan

Terrell, Heather

Thompson, John Milliken

Thornton, Rosy

Tillyard, Stella

Tinti, Hannah

Toibin, Colm

Torres, Justin

Towles, Amor

Tremain, Rose

Trigiani, Adriana

Trollope, Anthony

Tucker, Lisa

Turgenev, Ivan

Tyler, Anne

Umrigar, Thrity

Undset, Sigrid

Unger, Lisa

Van Booy, Simon

Van Mersbergen, Jan

Venderbeke, Birgit

The Mussel Feast

Vann, David

Verghese, Abraham

Vida, Vendela

Viner, P.D.

Voltaire

Waldman, Amy

Waldman, Ayelet

Walker, Alice

Walker, Rebecca

Ward, Jesmyn

Warren, Dianne

Waters, Sarah

Watterson, Kate

Weihe, Richard

Weisgarber, Ann

Weiss, Laura

Wharton, Edith

Whitehouse, Lucie

Wilder, Thornton

Williams, Ann Joslin

Williams, Beatriz

Winer, Andrew

Wingfield, Jenny

Wright, Kim

Yezierska, Anzia

Zafon, Carlos Ruiz

Zawatzky, Joan

Zentner, Alexi

Zola, Emile

Zusak, Marcus

FICTION (Short Stories)

Akpan, Uwem

Athill, Diana

Belfar, Edward

Bergman, Megan Mayhew

Brady, Catherine

Chekhov, Anton

Enright, Anne

Fountain, Ben

Gogol, Nikolai

Gordimer, Nadine

Hotschnig, Alois

Kahakauwila, Kristiana

Kennedy, Cate

King, Stephen

Krasikov, Sana

Lahiri, Jhumpa

Machart, Bruce

Meeks, Christopher

Munro, Alice

Murakami, Haruki

Parker, Kelcey

Simmons, Diane

Theroux, Paul

Van Booy, Simon

Woodring, Susan

NON FICTION

Ackerman, Diane

Adams, John q.

Baker, Deborah

Bijan, Donia

Boo, Katherine

Brown, Ian

Butturini, Paula

Caldwell, Gail

Carlin, Patricia

Charleson, Susannah

Cockey, Elizabeth and Barton

Davis, Susan E.

Dumas, Firoozeh

Erlbaum, Janice

Greene, Melissa Fay

Grimm, Tom and Michele

Gunn, Genni

Hari, Daoud

Hillenbrand, Laura

Kephart, Beth

Kerasote, Ted

King, Barbara J.

Klaidman, Stephen

Koppel, Lily

Kotlowitz, Alex

Lapidus, Alan

Larkin, Emma

Larson, Erik

Lawson, Jenny

Lee, Roberta (MD)

Lichter, Ida

Lindbergh, Anne Morrow

Luck, Kenny

McClure, Wendy

McCracken, Elizabeth

Marchiano, Melinda

Mitford, Nancy

Moore, Kathleen Dean

Novogratz, Jacqueline

Oufkir, Malika

Peterson, Brian

Pierce, Anne R.

Pierre, Summer

Rix, Megan

Rizzuto, Rahna Reiko

Rosenblatt, Roger

Rowan, Jane

Satrapi, Marjane

Sebold, Alice

Silverwood, John and Jean

Soot, Olaf AND Mellor, Don

Spiegelman, Art

Steinbeck, John

Summerscale, Kate

Sundquist, Josh

Ward, Ernie DVM

Warren, Cat

Warren, Rick

Wharton, Edith

Multiple Authors (conglomeration)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


7 Comments

  1. March 22, 2008    

    Great job – must have taken you forever! A really useful resource for us fellow readers

  2. March 22, 2008    

    Mrs. S., It did take a little time! Glad you’ll find it useful!

  3. March 28, 2008    

    I like! Very organized. If I had more time to play around with my blog, I’d revamp mine. But, I’d rather spend the free time reading books or blogging around on other people’s sites. :)

  4. March 28, 2008    

    Thanks, Trish :)

  5. June 23, 2008    

    If you ever are on the lookout for new titles, from little known authors, may I suggest “Outcasts Of Skagaray”. It was written out of concern for the abandoned children of the world. If you want a preview, go to http://www.threeswans.com and see the sample chapters. I would love to know what you think. Best wishes, anyway.

  6. June 25, 2008    

    Thanks for visiting my blog, Andrew. I like to read new authors. I checked out your book, but I have to admit fantasy is not really a genre I read. Good luck with your book!

  7. July 27, 2008    

    Dear Editor,

    This is to inquire whether you might be able to do a write up on a novel about women in the Bible:

    THE TRIUMPH OF DEBORAH

    By Eva Etzioni-Halevy

    PRAISE FOR THE TRIUMPH OF DEBORAH—

    “… add[s] sparkle to an ancient story. . . illustrate[s] the pervasiveness of sexual politics. . . in a world bereft of even the semblance of political and sexual equality.”–Lilith, Summer 2008

    “This novel will be devoured by lovers of historical fiction and romance alike.”—Library Journal, February, 2008.

    Recently published by Plume/Penguin, it brings to life the riveting tale of one of the most beloved biblical figures: the revered leader, judge and prophetess Deborah.

    In ancient Israel, war is looming. Deborah has coerced warrior Barak into launching a strike against the neighboring Canaanites, who threaten their people with destruction. Against all odds he succeeds, returning triumphantly with two daughters of the Canaanite King as his captives. But military victory is only the beginning of the turmoil, as a complex love triangle develops between Barak and the two princesses.

    Deborah, recently cast off by her husband, becomes part of the turmoil. Yet she struggles to rebuild her existence on her own terms, while also groping her way toward the greatest triumph of her life: the attainment of peace.

    Based on the book of JUDGES, and filled with brilliantly vivid historical detail, the novel pays tribute to Deborah’s feminine strength and independence from which present day women may derive inspiration to reach their potential. The lesson that women today can learn from Deborah is: I can do it. No matter how difficult and limiting the circumstances, I can overcome them.

    THE TRIUMPH OF DEBORAH comes in the wake of my two previous very successful biblical novels THE SONG OF HANNAH and THE GARDEN OF RUTH, which have already had six printings, each.

    All three novels are not necessarily just for those with an affinity to the Scripture. They all have intriguing plots, have frequently been referred to as “page turners” and are written in a light style, first and foremost for reading pleasure.

    For more information, please see my website: http://www.evaetzionihalevy.com

    With best Regards,

    Eva Etzioni-Halevy

    CRITICAL ACLAIM FOR THE BOOKS

    The Triumph of Deborah

    “… add[s] sparkle to an ancient story. . . illustrate[s] the pervasiveness of sexual politics. . . in a world bereft of even the semblance of political and sexual equality.”

    –Lilith

    “This novel will be devoured by lovers of historical fiction and romance alike.” Library Journal

    “A triumph of Storytelling, this is a tribute to the power and strength of all women.” Romantic Times

    “Despite millennia of separation, this book illustrates that the archetypal themes of love and war never age.” Publishers Weekly

    “The story explodes from the pages in a menagerie of fascination . . . a perfect piece for anyone who enjoys romance and history mixed into a compelling plot.” Metro Spirit – Augusta’s Independent Voice

    “Etzioni-Halevy does an amazing Job of turning ancient Deborah into a living, breathing woman.” Atlanta Jewish Times

    “. . . a creative banquet of art and skill, knowledge and passion . . . help to hook the reader from page one . . . a tangled web of deceit and passionate love . . . a hymn to Feminine leadership, which has a good chance of being repeated at the next elections in the US. Readers will not rest until they reach the last word.” Lily Azerad-Goldman, Bookpleasures.com

    “The Triumph of Deborah offers readers an amazing biblical journey full of romance, suspense, and inspiration.” Rebecca Honig Friedman, Jewess

    “A spellbinding narrative revealing loves. . . sexuality, and tribulations. . . This work, like the earlier two, is amazing and mesmerizing.” Sybil Kaplan, The Indiana Jewish Post & Opinion.

    The Garden of Ruth

    “Etzioni-Halevy’s choice to fashion the novel as a bit of a mystery helps provoke the readers’ curiosity . . . it is satisfying to compare the ancient struggles of women to those of today.” Elissa Strauss, Forward

    “A beautifully sensitive, lustily feminist romance inspired by the Book of Ruth . . . A brazen rendering of the biblical material breathes fire into a ripping good saga.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    “A delightful explicit look at the plight of women in ancient times.” The Midwest Book Review

    “Ruth leaves reader eagerly waiting for author’s next work… An enthralling, sensual work that carries the reader to biblical times . . .” Atara Beck, Jewish Tribune.

    “The mystery is intriguing, and Etzioni-Halevy depicts ancient women chafing at limited choices with verve.” Publishers Weekly

    “Excellent choice for a book group . . . I could not wait to reach the next chapter . . . Lots of sex and passion and love . . . The mystery plot . . . is absorbing and intriguing . . . among the messages in this work are those on feminism [and] tolerance . . .”Sybil Kaplan, The Indiana Jewish Post & Opinion

    “[The] Novel offers a dramatic new perspective on an ancient tale.” Detroit Jewish News

    The Song of Hannah

    “A thought provoking new look at an old Bible Story.” Harriet P. Gross, The Dallas Morning News

    “This dramatic retelling of Samuel’s story reminds the reader that even God’s beloved servants are susceptible to temptation . . .” Booklist

    “I was impressed with the force of its courage and imaginative leaps . . . It has many suggestive passages that are authentic to the times of the Bible and to human nature . . . The book was thought-provoking and enjoyable . . .” Mordechai Ben Dat, Canadian Jewish News

    . . . a well written, compelling novel. . . I wanted to read it at one sitting. . . highly sensual. . . one gets a good idea of the role of women in biblical times and in a patriarchal society. . . a very good choice for a book reading group. There are lots of lively issues to discuss.” Sybil Kaplan, The Indiana Jewish Post & Opinion

    “Speaks in two women’s voices weaving the whole into one tale of sorrow, revenge and redemption through feminine strength and love.” Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

    “The Song of Hannah gets top marks for its sheer delight and will surely sweep you off your feet, keeping you enthralled until the last word.” Lily Azerad-Goldman, Bookpleasures.com

    “The Song of Hannah does not disappoint. It is engrossing without being preachy, spiritual without being overly religious.” Curledupwithagoodbook.com

    General

    “Bible stories like you’ve never read before . . . strong and graceful writing that provides a real page-turner, and offers a perfect weekend read. The bonus is some biblical education. When arriving at the last page, you’ll want more.” Harriette Ellis, Orange County Jewish Life

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