"If you love well-researched historical fiction, women protagonists, and are tired of reading about the foibles of royalty, A Fierce Radiance is the book for you. Lauren Belfer, the author of the award winning historical novel, City of Light, sets this, her second novel, during the early years of WWII. While the best doctors and researchers in the U.S. are racing to develop a cure to save thousands of lives, private profiteers and politicians have less honorable motives. The historic details of the development of penicillin are intertwined in a well-crafted tale of love, betrayal, mystery and crime. Book clubs will find this a good pick as the characters are compelling and the story well-paced. Also, the recently released paper edition includes a reader's guide."
"What began for me as an accidental purchase, The Fiddler in the Subway is my new favorite 'going on a trip, need a good book' recommendation. Unclear from its cover, this book is a 'greatest hits' anthology of Gene Weingarten's pieces that originally appeared in the Washington Post. Weingarten is a humorist, storyteller, and keen observer of human behavior. He is also the only two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing! His stories range from one about the search for the official 'Armpit of America' to the title piece about violinist Joshua Bell playing at a Washington DC subway station. Humorist and author, Dave Barry, says it best: 'Weingarten is a master at finding a story that nobody else would have thought to pursue, researching it doggedly, and telling it in such a riveting way that you feel as though you're reading a terrific novel.'"