Stars Engulfed in Mist

Maybe the Northwest cloud cover has blocked your view of them, but these books from the first half of 2010 have received starred reviews from multiple sources. And the sources are some of the brightest luminaries in the book reviewing firmament: Booklist, Kirkus, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. To get a star from any one of these publications would thrill most any author, but to receive stars from three or all four of them must be a heady experience indeed.  We’ve listed below the 2010 titles that have so far received 3 or 4 stars. At the time of posting, most of these titles have few or no current holds.  With the clear skies of summer on the way, you’ll want to check out these stars!


**** The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee
*** The Infinities by John Banville
*** Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
*** Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
*** A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
*** The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
*** The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
*** The Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe
*** Model Home by Eric Puchner
*** Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

Crime Fiction

**** Nowhere to Run by C.J. Box
**** The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron
*** 61 Hours by Lee Child
*** The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
*** The Good Son by Michael Gruber
*** False Mermaid by Erin Hart
*** The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo
*** Occupied City by David Peace
*** Fever Dream by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
*** City of Dragons by Kelli Stanley

For more star lists, including titles that received starred reviews from one or two of the above review sources, visit Overbooked.