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BookSmith · 4d ago

Colgan, Jenny. The Bookshop on the Corner.

NY: HarperCollins, 2016. Colgan has turned out a number of thematic romances — the story being set in a cafe, or a bakery, or a chocolate shop, or whatever — but this one caught my eye becau...
BookSmith · 1W ago

Keen, Greg. Soho Dead.

Seattle: Thomas & Mercer, 2017. Kenny Gabriel is a couple years short of his sixtieth birthday and with less than three hundred quid in the bank. He’s a creature of Soho, having lived and wo...
BookSmith · 1W ago

Dessen, Sarah. Dreamland.

NY: Penguin, 2000. I’ve been working my way slowly and sort of randomly through Dessen’s Young Adult novels, all of which have been well above average in many ways. This is one of her earlie...
BookSmith · 1W ago

Taylor, Jodi. A Second Chance.

Abercynon, Wales: Accent Press, 2014. The “Chronicles of St. Mary’s” series, about time-traveling British historians in the not-too-distant future, has more than a few strange elements, incl...
BookSmith · 2W ago

Dessen, Sarah. What Happened to Goodbye.

NY: Viking, 2011. Dessen is a first-rate author whose novels are directed at young adults but which should be of interest to anyone who enjoys a good story and thoughtful writing, regardless...
BookSmith · 2W ago

Tey, Josephine. The Daughter of Time.

NY: Simon & Schuster, 1951. I first read this marvelous sort-of historical novel in high school around 1960, and it cemented my determination to become an historian of some kind. I’ve reread...
BookSmith · 3W ago

Perry, Thomas. Strip.

NY: Houghton Mifflin, 2010. Manco Kapak is a middle-aged, relatively low-ranking gangster in Los Angeles and he takes it poorly when he’s robbed while personally making a late-night deposit ...
BookSmith · 3W ago

Modesitt, L. E., Jr. The Magic of Recluce.

NY: Tor, 1991. Modesitt is one of those fantasy authors who specialize in long series of fat novels mostly relying on magic. I’ve been aware of him for some time but have never read any of h...
BookSmith · 4W ago

Connelly, Michael. The Late Show.

NY: Little, Brown, 2017. Okay, so LAPD Detective Harry Bosch has been in retirement for the last several volumes of this long-running series (though it doesn’t seem to be slowing him down mu...
BookSmith · 1M ago

Eisner, Will. Life, in Pictures: Autobiographical Stories.

NY: Norton, 2007. Eisner is very much the godfather of the modern graphic novel. There’s a reason the field’s most important award is named for him. This fat compilation volume brings togeth...