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Review: Legal writer John Grisham pens a basketball thriller

“Sooley,” by John Grisham (Doubleday) When you’ve written 35 novels and are working on a streak of 43 consecutive No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, you can write about whatever you ...

Review: Review: Jhumpa Lahiri's new novel is very novel

“Whereabouts,” by Jhumpa Lahiri (Alfred A. Knopf) Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri is back with what is sure to be one of the more unique “novels” of the year. ...

'My Penguin Year' works best as companion to nature series

"My Penguin Year: Life Among the Emperors," William Morrow, by Lindsay McCrae It's an odd thing to write in a book review, but "My Penguin Year" is better seen than read. The good ne...

Review: Ta-Nehisi Coates' debut novel is 1 of year's best

"The Water Dancer" (One World), by Ta-Nehisi Coates If the power of fiction is to transport readers to a world they otherwise couldn't imagine, "The Water Dancer" is a smashing succe...

Gladwell returns with science, stories about strangers

"Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know," Little, Brown and Co., by Malcolm Gladwell A Malcolm Gladwell book used to be an event in the publishing w...

Review: Stephen King returns with 'The Institute'

"The Institute" (Scribner), by Stephen King The kids are all right again, in Stephen King's world. Not since part one of "It" or his short story "The Body," which b...

'Raised in Captivity' reveals author's warped imagination

"Raised in Captivity" (Penguin Press), by Chuck Klosterman Chuck Klosterman seems like a great hang. He's the guy at the party who has everyone spitting out their drinks as they laug...

Review: Super sleuth Harry Hole at his sharpest in 'Knife'

"Knife," by Jo Nesbø (Alfred A. Knopf) Full disclosure: I am not a Harry Hole junkie. I saw the movie version of "The Snowman," the seventh in the now dozen novels featuring Michael ...

Review: Anna Quindlen tours the wild world of grandparenting

"Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting," by Anna Quindlen (Random House) "Write what you know." Few follow that advice better than Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Anna Quindlen, w...

Review: T.C. Boyle spins a family drama from the LSD era

"Outside Looking In" (Ecco), by T.C. Boyle Just as he did in his last novel about scientists inhabiting Arizona's Biosphere 2 in the 1990's ("The Terranauts"), T.C. Boyle's latest ta...

Review: Barry Lopez looks for hope beyond the 'Horizon'

"Horizon" (Alfred A. Knopf), by Barry Lopez Part travel journal, part history, part science lecture, part autobiography, and completely unique, "Horizon" feels like the crowning achi...

Review: John McPhee is at his brilliant best in 'The Patch'

"The Patch" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by John McPhee Eighty-seven and 33. That's the age of John McPhee and the number of books he's written, counting his latest, "The Patch." ...

Author Liane Moriarty serves up laughs, thrills, surprises

"Nine Perfect Strangers" (Flatiron Books), by Liane Moriarty Life is good for Liane Moriarty. The "Big Little Lies" novelist who partnered with actress Nicole Kidman to turn that boo...

Review: Stephen King raises the bar with 'Elevation'

"Elevation" (Scribner), by Stephen King After more than four decades of banging out best- sellers, Stephen King still has the power to surprise his beloved "constant readers." ...

Review: 'Gone So Long' takes its time, but is worth the trip

"Gone So Long" (W.W. Norton & Co.), by Andre Dubus III An Andre Dubus III novel is a slow burn — never so searing that you can't turn the page, but incrementally hotter each time...