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If you’re still searching for a sliver of good news to take away from 2020 — good news that bridges partisan divisions, cultural chasms and pandemic procedures — consider this tidbit: We are all probably reading way more books these days. In fact, according to NPD BookScan, sales of print books climbed nearly 10 percent in the past 12 months. Sure, a majority of those sales went to ...

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"The Searcher" by Tana French; Viking (464 pages, $27) ___ "The Searcher," Tana French's eighth mystery, is set in the West of Ireland, and for the first 150 pages or so it's a compelling novel of rural Irish life as seen through the eyes of an American outsider. At first, the book hardly seems like a mystery at all - sure, a young man is missing, but no one seems too concerned other than the ...

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And just like that, the summer of COVID has become the autumn of COVID. And we are all looking forward - perhaps with trepidation - to the winter of COVID, which is looming just around the bend, grinning fiendishly. Fortunately, there is a lot of great reading coming up to keep us fascinated, stimulated and engaged as we huddle at home and wait for a vaccine. Here are 15 of the don't-miss ...