Reviews of the latest books from Robert Goolrick, Dermot Healy, and more

By EW Staff
Updated June 08, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

American Grown by Michelle Obama

Some First Ladies redecorate; others buy new White House china. Obama, concerned about childhood obesity, decided to dig up part of the South Lawn to create a kitchen vegetable garden, a project that’s chronicled here in lavish detail.

Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick

Shortly after World War II, the arrival of a moneyed and charismatic stranger upsets the equilibrium of a sleepy Blue Ridge Mountain town.

Long Time, No See by Dermot Healy

Healy, the acclaimed Irish writer, has delivered his first novel in more than 10 years, a family saga bristling with curiously appealing oddballs and misfits.

Never Tell by Alafair Burke

Burke’s last book was a stand-alone, but in Never Tell she’s returned to the character her readers know best, the fierce and gutsy NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher — now investigating the apparent suicide of a privileged Manhattan teen.

The Queen’s Lover by Francine du Plessix Gray
Historical Fiction

Don’t remember anything about the French Revolution from high school? This is one of those books where you’ll learn — or relearn — history effortlessly, as du Plessix Gray spins the affair of Marie Antoinette and a Swedish count into riveting drama.