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The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty


2016 Book Reviews


The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Before The Fall by Noah Rawling

Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo by Boris Fishman

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

The Door by Magda Szabo

Hemingway in Love, His Own Story by A. E. Hotchner

H Is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara



Cool Mona’s Top 5 Reads of 2015

Numero Uno by Umberto Eco

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Fates And Furies by Lauren Groff

Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper

Only The Animals by Ceridwen Dovey

Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

Just The Facts by Ellen Sherman

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg

Small Victories by Anne Lamott

The Residence, Inside The Private World Of The White House by Kate Andersen Brower

Euphoria by Lily King

The News From Spain by Joan Wickersham

Caught by Jane Schwartz

Redeployment by Phil Klay

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro


2014 Top 5 Cool Mona Picks

The Martian by Andy Weir

Love & Treasure by Ayelet Waldman

More Than Conquerors by Megan Hustad

The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland

A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Hahn Beer

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Prayers For The Stolen by Jennifer Clement

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfour

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Thank You For Your Service by David Finkle

Company Man by John Rizzo

Women, Food & God: An Unexpected Path To Almost Everything by Geneen Roth

The Trip To Echo Spring:  On Writers And Drinking by Olivia Laing

The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?  by Maria Semple

Good Self, Bad Self  by Judy Smith

The Goldfinch  by Donna Tarrt

The Apartment by Greg Baxter