Hoffman weaves tragedy and magical realism with expected grace

I seem to be in the vast minority here, but I didn’t love this book. Alice Hoffman, author of magical realism gems like Practical Magic and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, excels at weaving fantastical, enchanting tales. While The World That We Knew retains the elements Hoffman is known for, it fell flat for me and I found the narrative tedious in many respects. 

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Horror royalty Joe Hill excels at creepy horror-fantasy

From its witty cover, sure-to-terrify content, and horror royalty author, NOS4A2 has been on my to-be-read pile since its publication. Due to its length, however, I only recently committed to this baby. You’ll need to be ready to stick with it for awhile (think It or A Game of Thrones), but NOS4A2‘s memorable characters make it a worthy read I’ll recommend to hardcore horror fans. 

Author of Eat, Pray, Love wows with new historical fiction

The author who penned the #1 New York Times bestseller Eat, Pray, Love returns to the literary spotlight this summer with the release of City of Girls, a sweeping historical fiction tale set around World War II. Despite the time period in which it’s set, Gilbert manages to make this story sparkle without skimming over the difficulties of death, war, and loss. City of Girls is up there with Daisy Jones & The Six as the best historical fiction I’ve read this year.