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The 239 Books Reviewed in 2008

Out of Mao's Shadow by Philip P. Pan (12-31-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Karnak Cafe by Naguib Mahfouz (12-30-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost (12-29-08) (reviewed by Ann Wilkes)

Lord Tophet by Gregory Frost (12-29-08) (reviewed by Ann Wilkes)

A Little Stranger by Kate Pullinger (12-27-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell (12-27-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

The World According to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith (12-26-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

By Chance by Martin Corrick (12-25-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

A Grave in Gaza by Matt Benyon Rees (12-25-08) (reviewed by Tony Ross)

The Eleventh Man by Ivan Doig (12-23-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

Friendly Fire by A. B. Yehoshua (12-22-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous (12-19-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Castorp by Pawel Huelle (12-19-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif (12-17-08) (reviewed by Sudheer Apte and Tony Ross)

The Enchantress of Florence by Salmon Rushdie (12-17-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (12-15-08) (reviewed by Lori Lamothe)

Illegal Action by Stella Rimington (12-13-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Leather Maiden by Joe R. Lansdale (12-12-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

The Night Villa by Carol Goodman (12-11-08) (reviewed by Lori Lamothe)

The Time It Takes to Fall by Margaret Lazarus Dean (12-9-08) (reviewed by Terez Rose)

Indignation by Philip Roth (12-7-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Widows of Eastwick by John Updike (12-7-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

People of the Whale by Linda Hogan (12-4-08) (reviewed by Mike Frechette )

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye by John O'Dowd (12-3-08 (reviewed by Guy Savage)

The Long Embrace by Judith Freeman (12-3-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Deaf Sentence by David Lodge (11-27-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Rancid Pansies by James Hamilton-Paterson (11-25-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Mrs. Hemple Chronicles by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum (11-23-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 by PJ Haarsma (11-21-08) (reviewed by Ann Wilkes)

Softwire: Betrayal on Orbis 2 by PJ Haarsma (11-21-08) (reviewed by Ann Wilkes)

A Guide to Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson (11-18-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

Fifty-to-One by Charles Ardai (11-16-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage) INTERVIEW

A Mercy by Toni Morrison (11-11-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Song for Solomon by Toni Morrison (11-11-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The First Quarry by Max Alan Collins (11-06-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Testimony by Anita Shreve (11-2-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Body Surfing by Anita Shreve (11-2-08) (reviewed by Terez Rose)

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly ( 10-31-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

The Dart League King by Keith Lee Morris (10-27-08) (reviewed by Sudheer Apte)

Sea of Poppies by Amitov Ghosh (10-22-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Trudy Hopedale by Jeffrey Frank (10-19-08) (reviewed by Mike Frechette )

The Pools by Bethan Roberts (10-18-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

The Glass of Time by Michael Cox (10-14-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox (10-14-08) (reviewed by Danielle Bullen)

Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais (10-11-08) (reviewed by Hagen Baye )

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (10-7-08) (reviewed by Lori Lamothe)

Mars Life by Ben Bova (10-3-08) (reviewed by Ann Wilkes) INTERVIEW

Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt (10-1-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson (9-27-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (9-23-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew, Sudheer Apte, Poornima Apte)

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (9-18-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeney (9-16-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Black and White by Dani Shapiro (9-14-08) (reviewed by Lori Lamothe)

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (9-9-08) (reviewed by Sudheer Apte)

Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles (9-8-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Somebody Else's Daughter by Elizabeth Brundage (9-6-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage) INTERVIEW

The Doctor's Wife by Elizabeth Brundage (9-6-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Beside a Burning Sea by John Shors (9-3-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

Oxygen by Carol Cassella (9-2-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (8-31-08) (reviewed by Neil Chapman)

Man in the Dark by Paul Auster (8-29-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Eros by Helmut Krausser (8-26-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

A Sun for the Dying by Jean-Claude Izzo (8-25-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

A Manuscript of Ashes by Antonio Munoz Molina (08-23-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Undiscovered Country by Lin Enger (8-18-08) (reviewed by Tony Ross)

Takeover by Lisa Black (8-17-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Swansea Terminal by Robert Lewis (8-15-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage) INTERVIEW!

The Last Llanelli Train by Robert Lewis (8-15-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage) INTERVIEW!

The People of Privilege Hill by Jane Gardam (8-14-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Tigerheart by Peter David (8-12-08) (reviewed by Ann Wilkes)

Hit and Run by Lawrence Block (8-11-08) (reviewed by Hagen Baye )

God is Dead by Ron Currie, Jr. (8-10-08) (reviewed by Mike Frechette )

The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa (8-9-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

A Curious Earth by Gerard Woodward (8-07-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Petropolis by Anya Ulinich (8-5-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Commonwealth by Joey Goebel (8-4-08) (reviewed by Stephanie Velasco)

Money Shot by Christa Faust (8-3-08) (reviewed by Hagen Baye )

Secrets of the Sea by Nicholas Shakespeare (8-2-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Amnesiac by Sam Taylor (7-31-08)(reviewed by Guy Savage) INTERVIEW!

Nameless Night by G.M. Ford (7-29-08) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell (7-27-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

Skylark Farm by Anatonia Arslan (7-25-08) (reviewed by Mike Frechette )

The Key by Pauline Baird Jones (7-24-08) (reviewed by Ann Wilkes)

Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva (7-23-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple) EXCERPT!

No One Tells Everything by Rae Meadows (7-22-08)(reviewed by Guy Savage) INTERVIEW!

The Fourth Watcher by Tim Hallinan (7-19-08)(reviewed by Guy Savage) INTERVIEW!

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (7-17-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Killer View by Ridley Pearson (7-15-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

The Legal Limit by Martin Clark (7-13-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Via Delle Oche by Carlo Lucarelli (7-12-08)(reviewed by Guy Savage)

Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter (7-11-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

Swan Peak by James Lee Burke (7-9-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

A Vengeful Longing by R. N. Morris (7-7-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

The Gentle Axe by R. N. Morris (7-7-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Chez Moi by Agnes Desarthe (7-6-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

The Great Derangement by Matt Taibbi (7-4-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Four Days in November by Vincent Bugliosi (7-4-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Fiction Class by Susan Breen (7-2-08) (reviewed by Terez Rose)

Little Criminals by Gene Kerrigan (7-1-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz (6-30-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

The Narcissist's Daughter by Craig Holden (6-29-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming (6-27-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming (6-27-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (6-25-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver (6-24-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult (6-22-08) (reviewed by Danielle Bullen)

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (6-22-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III (6-21-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Mistress's Daughter by A.M. Homes (6-20-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

A Romanov Fantasy by Frances Welch (6-20-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn (6-18-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (6-18-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

The Last Chinese Chef by Nicoles Mones (6-17-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

The Fortune Cookie Chronicle by Jennifer 8. Lee (6-17-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

The Gentlemen's Guide to Graceful Living by Michael Dahlie (6-16-08) (reviewed by Mike Frechette )

Death Rites by Alicia Giméz-Bartlett (6-15-08)(reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Zero Cool by John Lange (6-14-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Blackjack by Lee Singer (6-13-08) (reviewed by Ann Wilkes)

The Boat by Nam Le (6-11-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Nothing to Lose by Lee Child (6-10-08) (reviewed by Hagen Baye )

Breath by Tim Winton (6-9-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

iWoz by Steve Wozniak (6-8-08) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesey (6-6-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Dirty Money by Richard Stark (6-5-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink (6-3-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Sorry by Gail Jones (6-2-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

You Must Be This Happy to Enter by Elizabeth Crane (6-1-08) (reviewed by Tony Ross)

Judas Horse by April Smith (5-31-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer (5-30-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Memory by Philippe Grimbert (5-28-08) (reviewed by Terez Rose)

Strawberry Fields by Marina Lewycka (5-25-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage) --> INTERVIEW!

The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon (5-24-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

The Blue Star by Tony Earley (5-22-08) (reviewed by Amanda Richards)

The English American by Alison Larkin (5-21-08) (reviewed by Mike Frechette )

Exiles by Ron Hansen (5-19-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

A Diet of Treacle by Lawrence Block (5-18-08) (reviewed by Hagen Baye )

The Great Man by Kate Christensen (5-16-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

Enlightenment by Maureen Freely (5-14-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

The Treatment & The Cure by Peter Kocan (5-12-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich (5-11-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Split Estate by Charlotte Bacon (5-9-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Avalanche by Patrick F. McManus (5-8-08) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson (5-7-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Genesis of Shannara : Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks (5-6-08) (reviewed by Ann Wilkes)

The Blue Door by David Fulmer (5-5-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

A Pale Horse by Charles Todd (5-4-08) (reviewed by Amanda Richards)

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel (5-3-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Lizka and Her Men by Alexander Ikonnikov (5-2-08) (reviewed by Tony Ross)

Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon (5-2-08) (reviewed by Tony Ross)

The Gathering by Anne Enright (5-1-08) (reviewed by Leland Cheuk)

Secret Daughter by June Cross (4-30-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (4-29-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Whole Truth by David Baldacci (4-27-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

When One Man Dies by Dave White (4-26-08) (reviewed by Hagen Baye )

The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde (4-25-08) (reviewed by Amanda Richards)

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (4-25-08) (reviewed by Shanna Shadowfax)

Unnaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (4-24-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Unnaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (4-24-08) (reviewed by Sudheer Apte)

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (4-23-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

The Lost Luggage Porter by Andrew Martin (4-22-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman (4-21-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Tooth and Claw by T. C. Boyle (4-20-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Ellington Boulevard by Adam Langer (4-19-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami (4-18-08) (reviewed by Leland Cheuk)

Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow (4-17-08) (reviewed by Amanda Richards)

The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt (4-15-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith (4-15-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Valentines by Olaf Olafsson (4-14-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

The Descendents by Kaui Hart Hemmings (4-13-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell (4-12-08) (reviewed by Mike Frechette )

The Damned Season by Carlo Lucarelli (4-11-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

The Duppy by Anthony Winkler (04-10-08) (reviewed by Tony Ross)

Slip of the Knife by Denise Mina (4-9-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Lush Life by Richard Price (3-24-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Dark Lantern by Gerri Brightwell (3-23-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Knots by Naruddin Farah (3-21-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

The Cure for Modern Life by Lisa Tucker (3-19-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

Last Call by James Grippando (3-17-08) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

California Fire and Life by Don Winslow (3-16-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow (3-16-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

God's Spy by Juan Gómez-Jurado (3-14-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Draining the Sea by Micheline Aharonian Marcom (3-13-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

The Crazy School by Cornelia Read (3-10-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Civil and Strange by Cláir Ní Aonghusa (3-9-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr (3-8-08) (reviewed by Tony Ross)

Black Olives by Martha Tod Dudman (3-7-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

Making Money by Terry Pratchett (3-6-08) (reviewed by Shanna Shadowfax)

Thud! by Terry Pratchett (3-6-08) (reviewed by Shanna Shadowfax)

MacGregor Tells the World by Elizabeth McKenzie (3-5-08) (reviewed by Terez Rose)

The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black (3-4-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner (3-3-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)


Pinkerton's Secret by Eric Lerner (3-2-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage) --> INTERVIEW!

The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian (3-1-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Dead Ex by Harley Jane Kozak (2-29-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Between Two Seas by Carmen Abate (2-28-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Wolves of the Crescent Moon by Yousef Al-Mohameed (2-26-08) (reviewed by Tony Ross)

Betrayal by John Lescroart (2-25-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

How the Dead Dream by Lydia Millet (2-23-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller (2-22-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

The New Moon's Arms by Nalo Hopkinson (02-21-08) (reviewed by Amanda Richards)

The Konkans by Tony D'Souza (2-19-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Exit A by Anthony Swofford (2-18-08) (reviewed by Tony Ross)

Outfoxing Fear by Kathleen Ragan (2-17-08) (reviewed by Shanna Shadowfax)

Forgive Me by Amanda Eyre Ward (2-15-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage) --> INTERVIEW!

Death of a Gentle Lady by M.C. Beaton (2-13-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

Final Exam by Pauline W. Chen (2-12-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

His Illegal Self by Peter Carey (2-11-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Captivity by Debbie Lee Wesselmann (2-8-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Trutor and the Balloonist by Debbie Lee Wesselmann (2-8-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Making a Killing by Bob Torres (2-7-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier (2-6-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Wise Children by Angela Carter (2-5-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Chinaman by Freidrich Glauser (2-1-08) (reviewed by Tony Ross)

The Lost Sailors by Jean-Claude Izzo (1-31-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

The Quantum July by Ron King (1-28-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

The Chameleon's Shadow by Minette Walters (1-26-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

My Revolutions by Hari Kunzru (1-25-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Das Kapital by Viken Berberian (1-23-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Red Moon Rising by Matthew Brzezinski (1-21-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Painter of Battles by Arturo Perez-Reverte (1-20-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam (1-18-08) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton (1-16-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Karma and Other Stories by Rishi Reddi (1-15-08) (reviewed by Beth Chariton )

If You Liked School, You'll Love Work by Irvine Welsh (1-15-08) (reviewed by Guy Savage)

Songs Without Words by Ann Packer (1-13-08) (reviewed by Leland Cheuk)

Saturday's Child by Ray Banks (1-11-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Korea Strait by David Poyer (1-10-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

Deadly Beloved by Max Allan Collins (1-9-08) (reviewed by Hagen Baye )

Off the Page by Carole Burns (1-7-08) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Salt River by James Sallis (1-6-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Dizzy City by Nicholas Griffin (1-5-08) (reviewed by Tony Ross)

Eifelheim by Michael Flynn (1-4-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

Postsingular by Rudy Rucker (1-4-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman (1-4-08) (reviewed by Kirstin Merrihew)

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin (1-1-08) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)


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