The list author says: ""To open a book voluntarily is at some level to remark the insufficiency either of one's life or of one's orientation toward it." ("The Gutenberg Elegies" by Sven Birkerts) DISCUSS"
"A fascinating tale of intrigue set in Paris with amoral characters who aren't always what they seem to be. A compelling, well-plotted and well-written story. Reminded me a bit of Patricia Highsmith's work."
"Thank you Stephen King for wondering why we hadn't found Linwood Barclay until now. A man takes his wife and 4 year old to the amusement park on a warm summer day and his life begins to unravel. Warning: This book is a page turner!"
"If you are a passionate reader, you will fall into this story and follow Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer's son, in his quest to learn more about the author of The Shadow of the Wind, a book he has pledged to protect. The phrase "an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love" doesn't completely do justice to this magical tale."
"A loose connection with the Cemetery of Lost Books brings back the familiar city of Barcelona for this Gothic tale of intrigue and death. Not quite as good as "The Shadow of the Wind" but still worth reading."
"A highly literate and well written novel of two boys - one white and one black - who spend a summer together in the late 70s in rural Mississippi. Years later the only way forward is by telling the truth of what happened to them. EXCELLENT!"
"How did it take me so long to discover Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache? One of my top ten for 2010. Quebec becomes a character in this story about the aftermath of a terrible event where mistakes were made."
"Another charming addition to the Miss Zukas mysteries and if you know a little about what it's like to work in a library, these books are even more fun. Cozy, humorous stories about librarian Helma Zukas and her artist friend Ruth."
"The author, a Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, has crafted an account of the Great Migration of blacks to Northern cities that is compelling, thoroughly researched, and absolutely readable. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."