I could not possibly have been more excited for “Tigerman,” Nick Harkaway’s third book. Expectations: met and then some. This is about family, environmental apocalypse, government bureaucracy, international intrigue, real-life superheroes, and how far you would go for someone you love. It is a decided shift from “The Gone-Away World” and “Angelmaker” — Harkaway’s humor is in full force, but in many ways this is a far more realistic — and therefore more terrifying — story. And here is where I run out of words and start to ramble and babble and so I will just say: buy it. Buy it now.
— Jenn Northington, Word [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383–0096, www.wordbr
Readers will delight in this enchanting debut novel by author Jessie Burton. Nella, a young Dutch girl, is chosen to be the bride of a wealthy merchant, with well-kept yet shocking secrets. Not long after, her enigmatic husband presents her with a beautiful cabinet, an exact replica of the house in which they live. Nella engages the services of a miniaturist to her beautiful gift, an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways. This miniaturist seems to know more than he lets on, sending Nella gifts she hasn’t even commissioned, hinting at a future he alone can predict. Expertly written and exquisitely suspenseful, “The Miniaturist” is a wonderful story of love, betrayal, and truth.
— Bina Valenzano, co-owner, The BookMark Shoppe [8415 Third Ave. between 84th and 85th streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 833–5115, www.bookma
“We Are Not Ourselves” may be one of my favorite novels of the late summer and early fall. It is an all-encompassing, deeply moving portrait of one family’s fraught journey through New York City and the “American dream,” with one of the more subtle and yet perfect endings to a book I have read in some time. Perfect for fans of Harbach (“The Art of Fielding”), Irving, and Russo.
— Emily Russo Murtagh, Greenlight Bookstore [686 Fulton St. between S. Elliott Place and S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 246–0200, www.greenl