Category Archives: Literature & Fiction

The Zahir

The Zahir synopsis: The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover. Was Esther kidnapped, murdered,… Read More »

The Valkyries

The Valkyries synopsis: A classic masterwork of spiritual tension and realization from Paulo Coelho, this powerful story of one man’s battle with self-doubt and fear is now available in a beautiful new package from HarperOne. An essential volume alongside Coelho’s other bestselling and influential books, such as The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage, Brida, and The Winner… Read More »

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow synopsis: In the tradition of John le Carré, the bestselling, impossible-to-put-down, espionage thriller that is “a primer in twenty-first century spying” (The New York Times Book Review), written with the insider detail that only a veteran CIA operative could know—and shortlisted for an Edgar Award. State intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive… Read More »

Veronika Decides to Die

Veronika Decides to Die synopsis: Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything — youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does — at a mental hospital… Read More »

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club synopsis: This widely acclaimed bestseller spans two countries and two generations, following a group of Chinese women who meet to play mah jong, invest money and tell the secret stories of their lives. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club.

The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending synopsis: By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse. This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man… Read More »

Mothers of Sparta

Mothers of Sparta synopsis: If you’re looking for a parenting book, this is not it. This is not a treatise on how to be a mother. This is a book about a young girl who moves to a new town every couple of years; a misfit teenager who finds solace in a local music scene;… Read More »

No Mark upon Her

No Mark upon Her synopsis: New York Times Notable author Deborah Crombie is regularly named among the greats of British-set crime fiction (P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, Elizabeth George et al) for her riveting police procedurals featuring Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, Scotland Yard partners as well as devoted life-mates. A brilliantly conceived and executed, deeply… Read More »

The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent

The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent synopsis: World War II rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest on the pastoral coast of western Scotland. Home from an undercover mission in Berlin, she settles down to teach at her old spy training camp, and to heal from scars on both… Read More »

The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much synopsis: A collection of mysteries featuring an amateur detective, the rather languid Horne Fisher. No connection to the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name. Show Excerpt oking for them here.” March thought of asking him what he was looking for; but, feeling unequal to a technical discussion at… Read More »