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- June 25, 2012
- Vol. 77
- No. 26
Picks and Pans: Books
THE RED HOUSE
by Mark Haddon
In this absorbing, Virginia Woolf-esque novel by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, an extended family gathers for a week in the English countryside. Perfect (or not) for that holiday with the in-laws.
by Claire McMillan
Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth was the inspiration for McMillan's debut, but this Lily Bart (a.k. a. Ellie Hart) lives in modern-day, upper-crust Cleveland-and she's divorced and fresh out of rehab. Can she pull off a second act?
WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE
by Maria Semple
When her agoraphobic mom disappears, 15-year-old Bee takes matters into her own hands. An uproarious comedy of manners from a former writer for Arrested Development.
by Marcus Samuelsson
"I have never seen a picture of my mother." Thus begins the renowned Red Rooster chef's incredible life story, from losing his Ethiopian mom when he was 3 to his adoption by a food-loving Swedish family to Top Chef Masters and beyond.
by Tana French
Investigating the murders of a father and his children, Dublin detective "Scorcher" Kennedy must face up to a disturbing incident from his own past. Part police procedural, part psychological thriller, all fun.
A CONSPIRACY OF FRIENDS
by Alexander McCall Smith
You don't need to have read the first two to enjoy the third book in McCall Smith's Corduroy Mansions series, about the quirky residents of one hip London block. Worth it for the cute cover alone.
by Chris Cleave
Friends as well as fierce competitors, Kate and Zoe are going for Olympic gold in track cycling-even as Kate's 8-year-old daughter battles a recurrence of leukemia. A heartstring-tugger with an adrenaline-fueled plot from the bestselling author of Little Bee.
by Janet Groth
When Groth arrived at The New Yorker in 1957, her interviewer, one E.B. White, "seemed pained to be in the presence of anyone at all, much less a corn-fed girl from Iowa ... looking for a job." But the would-be writer was hired and spent 21 years in those storied halls, rubbing elbows with the likes of poet John Berryman (and never advancing beyond office factotum). Now a professor, she's written an evocative memoir.
by Cathi Hanauer
Not to be confused with Gone Girl, this novel begins with a husband who's disappeared, apparently splitting with the family babysitter. An involving drama about the challenges of marriage and middle age.
by Jacqueline Sheehan
The sequel to Sheehan's bestselling Lost & Found finds widowed animal control warden Rocky Pelligrino facing unexpected new challenges on Peaks Island, the close-knit Maine community she calls home.
by James Lee Burke
Burke's gripping new Dave Robicheaux thriller has the New Orleans detective-still recovering from a bullet wound-investigating the disappearance of an intriguing young woman named Tee Jolie Melton.
WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD BUTTER
by Beth Harbison
At 37, private chef Gemma prefers the rules of recipes to the ever-shifting elements of the dating game. She's done with love ... so guess what happens next? Predictable but delicious, just like dessert.
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