Mr. Clavin effectively debunks the popular myths about Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson and presents a vivid and enlightening portrayal of Dodge City, the quintessential Western frontier town.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Mar 19 2017

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This book is haunting; it is smart and engaging. It was so engrossing that I read it in a day. But it’s also a deeply uneven book whose power in some moments only illuminates the absence of this force elsewhere.

NY Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Apr 03 2017

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...there's an appealing, Borgesian touch to Myrto, the village librarian whose personal project is to catalogue its books by "essence." These aren't enough, however, to offset both a tendency to explainy-ness and our sense that Heighton is uncertain about his goals here.

Globe and Mail

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Mar 17 2017

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The book and the characters refuse to conform to type, and “Running,” like all good outlaw literature, takes sharp aim at the contemporary culture’s pervasive willingness to do so.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Mar 17 2017

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“A Miracle for Breakfast”, the first full-length biography in two decades, ably manages to bring Bishop to life. Megan Marshall, who was taught by the poet at Harvard in 1976, recalls how she could seem prim and aunt-like to her students...

The Economist

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Mar 16 2017

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...my friend Rod Dreher, whose new book, “The Benedict Option,” is already the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Mar 14 2017

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While the show links Ms. O’Keeffe’s strong fashion sense to her art, the book goes further, adding the aesthetic of her homes and dinner table to the equation.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Mar 13 2017

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...it would sell many more copies if it were titled This Is Why You Can’t Afford To Buy A House. As it is, Rethinking The Economics Of Land And Housing is not an appealing title but this is a very appealing book.

Financial Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Mar 13 2017

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Her analytical eye may at times be blinded by her love and admiration for her subject, and yet this is also the best book so far about one of our most polarizing contemporary literary figures.

LA Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Mar 10 2017

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This book is an ode to birds and nature, as well as to the eclectic and individual private fascinations — such as birding — that make our lives unique and worthwhile.

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Mar 18 2017

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...she decided to challenge this by writing an account of her own haphazard attempt to live with and through books. Now she’s continued this project in a long and enjoyably literary novel, The Idiot.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 16 2017

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...Merriam-Webster’s website is a treasure trove of information on this front, and well worth a visit (for fun!). If anything, Stamper’s dangling of information just makes you want to crack open your dictionary—not exactly a bad result for a lexicographer.

AV Club

Rating Good

Reviewed on Mar 17 2017

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All this seems like obvious padding, but to give Finkel the benefit of the doubt, it may simply be that his affinity for his amazing hermit got the best of him. He does a remarkable job persuading one of the world’s more recalcitrant individuals to open up...

NY Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Apr 21 2017

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Perhaps when Nadia and Saeed passed through the portals, they passed into a new reality they created. Isn’t that, ultimately, what nations and individuals do, from day to day and moment to moment? This was a novel that made me think, and feel, and appreciate what I have.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jan 19 2018

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Plenty of biographies find poignancy in their subjects wanting to remain relevant, but given the real-world impact Heston’s advocacy had, it is an abdication of duty for Eliot to avoid digging deeper.

AV Club

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Mar 13 2017

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Cloaked within familiar narrative conventions, Padura's ingenious novel is something of a heretic itself: by turns playful, dark, and moving, it traces the great psychic costs — and rewards — that come from nestling so deeply into dogma that nothing is permitted to trigger doubt.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Mar 13 2017

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An engrossing read for Hemingway buffs as well as casual readers, “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy” adds more fascinating details to a life that remains continually fascinating.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Mar 10 2017

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