Ragtime uses song to weave together stories of early twentieth-century New York from three very different perspectives -- African Americans in Harlem, immigrants from Eastern Europe, and upper-class suburban whites.
And if you're a Holmes fan, this book is probably a must in the canon. Dan Simmons delivers personal details about Holmes' upbringing you may not have read before. The author details Holmes' fascination with the new wonder drug from the Bayer company. No, not aspirin.
Harlan Coben is known to readers everywhere. His first novel was published when he was 26, and after two stand-alone thrillers, Play Dead in 1990 and Miracle Cure in 1991, he began writing the popular Myron Bolitar series.
With the often-ridiculous U.S. presidential race in full swing, there's at least a 47 percent chance you'd like to forget about politicians for a few hours by immersing yourself in a novel. But be careful which novel you choose, because some of them feature ... politicians!
Satire is an important form of political commentary. The problem is that when someone equates a particular policy position with The Destruction of America As We Know It, they disregard the fact that reasonable people can disagree.
Doctorow isn't really interested, as he's been so often before, in illuminating America's past. His subjects, of course, are the nutball Collyer brothers and their activities in and around their Fifth Avenue mansion.