Friday, March 5, 2010

Out in Paperback, Reviewed by Me

I wanted to give you a heads-up on a few titles out in paperback and in bookstores now, that I reviewed when they were released in hardcover.

Some are brand-new releases and some have been out for a while.

Links are to my reviews.

Most recent is Miriam Gershow's very nice The Local News, about a teen girl whose brother has disappeared. I liked this one a lot. It's moving in a quiet way.

Late January saw the paperback release of Abraham Verghese's wonderful Cutting for Stone, one of my top favorite reads last year. It's amazing. If you like literary fiction please read this!

The paperback of Curtis Sittenfeld's American Wife has been out for several months, but it's still worth checking out. It's a fictionalized version of the life of Laura Bush. I enjoyed Sittenfeld's writing in this character-driven, darkly comic novel.

Kira Salak's page-turner The White Mary was controversial in the blogosphere when it was released in the summer of 2008. I loved it. I just noticed the paperback in my local bookstore a few weeks ago.