I have just finished my first five-star read of the year—which I know is not saying much given that it’s only February, but it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book which really knocks my socks off. The book— by Helene Wecker—is set in turn-of-the-century New York City (and is rich in historical [...]
It is the time of year when we are awash in “Best of” lists, and many worthy publications have put forth their recommendations for the best books of the year that is about to pass us by. A friend of mine professed herself overwhelmed by the lists, and asked me if I would curate them for her. Here, for Julie and for the rest of you, is my “best of the best,” a list of books I think you should find a time and a place for in your busy schedule.