...as Norse tales have not received quite the same attention as, say, the Greek myths, it is nice to see someone passing these stories along to inspire another generation.

AV Club

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 06 2017

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Rowe is not a truly bad writer. But she enters into a world of pain and violence and comes away only with a book about herself.

NPR

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Reviewed on Jan 26 2017

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Unfortunately, the latter parts of The Bear and the Nightingale shear away much of what I loved about its beginning and middle...These problems aside, The Bear and the Nightingale is a pleasure to spend time with. A rich and elegant debut...

NPR

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Reviewed on Jan 22 2017

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...movie buffs will find her scholarship wanting, if not mystifying. Not only are there few new insights (Spielberg declined to be interviewed, which left Haskell “stung, a little red-faced, like a girl angling for a date and being rejected”), but the points she makes range from dubious to flat-out false.

AV Club

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Reviewed on Jan 09 2017

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History of Wolves is as beautiful and as icy as the Minnesota woods where it's set, and with her first book, Fridlund has already proven herself to be a singular talent.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jan 03 2017

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This can work, no doubt, and Ayoade On Ayoade is fun and silly at times, with excellent touches of surrealism and send-ups of movie tropes. But it comes out empty in the end, echoing back on itself.

AV Club

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Reviewed on Dec 19 2016

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I did not enjoy this collection. Enjoyment is beside the point. One does not enjoy being shown the child in Omelas' basement. But it's crucial to see, crucial to negotiate one's position to that child with clear eyes. I admire the achievement of this collection greatly...

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 10 2016

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Oz pitches the book’s heartbreak and humanism perfectly from first page to last, as befits a writer who understands how vital a political role a novelist can play.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 07 2016

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Abramovic writes touchingly about romantic heartbreak, about the pain of separation from Ulay and her sense of betrayal when her husband, the Italian artist Paolo Canevari, left her...Perhaps what’s most unexpected are the flashes of humor.

NY Times

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Reviewed on Dec 02 2016

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...every time the novel edges into slapstick territory, Semple – she of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? super-fame – reveals a new piece of Eleanor’s tortured past. Uniquely, this story is told in small part through drawings...

Globe and Mail

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Reviewed on Nov 29 2016

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What gives Friedman’s book a new twist is his belief that upheaval in 2016 is actually far more dramatic than earlier phases. That is partly because of accelerating technological change...

Financial Times

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Reviewed on Nov 28 2016

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...“The Other One Percent” is a rigorous, fact-based analysis of how cross-border flows of brainy and ambitious people make the world a better place. Politicians and policymakers in both America and in India should make sure they read it.

The Economist

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 26 2016

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Although somewhat lacking in action, the pleasure of this gripping mystery lies in the slow-burning art of deduction.

Financial Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 25 2016

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A little more clear-eyed realism might have redeemed this novel, but as it stands, it reads like the screenplay to some heartwarmingly twee movie with a ukulele soundtrack. It's a misstep by a writer who's capable of much better writing than this.

NPR

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Reviewed on Jan 29 2017

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Mr. S offers a curious sort of double-voyeurism, with Jacobs inviting readers to vicariously experience his own vicarious access to the life of one of pop-culture's preeminent icons. Sinatra's story is so compelling and larger-than-life, though, that even a secondhand account like Jacobs' packs a powerful punch.

AV Club

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jan 23 2017

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Kurlansky makes this more contemporary history come alive, but while his salt-packed tales from ancient times are well-preserved, their flavor is too uniform.

AV Club

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Reviewed on Jan 14 2017

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Mitchell's ability to throw his voice may remind some readers of David Foster Wallace, though the intermittent hollowness of his ventriloquism frustrates. Still, readers who enjoy the "novel as puzzle" will find much to savor in this original and occasionally very entertaining work.

AV Club

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Reviewed on Jan 05 2017

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Idaho is sad, but not despairingly so. Ruskovich’s prose is lyrical but keen, a poem that never gets lost in its own rhythm.

AV Club

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jan 02 2017

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He was at his best when he, like his subjects, was slightly illicit, and this beautifully constructed book is a fitting testament to his gift for the dark and strange.

AV Club

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Reviewed on Dec 13 2016

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L’Ouverture nonetheless showed himself to be those men’s superior, philosophically, politically and militarily — a point made by C.L.R. James that survives mostly intact in Philippe Girard’s sophisticated and anti-mythological biography.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Dec 09 2016

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When it comes to these women — their pluck, persistence, insights and eventual recognition — The Glass Universe positively glows.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 04 2016

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Reading ancient literature can occasionally feel like a lesson in the disposability of women. But change is the essence of Homeric poetry, and with ODY-C, two male comic book creators have made a Greek hero worthy of women.

NPR

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Reviewed on Nov 30 2016

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But this memoir is satisfying in a way that a Hughes film never could be, and the author's story will be achingly familiar to anyone who relied on Hollywood for a respite from reality but who came away disappointed.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 29 2016

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In the end, “Born a Crime” is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother...

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 28 2016

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As with Smith’s previous novels, commentary is delightfully folded into the fiction. More so, simulating the novel’s deep appreciation of dance, Smith’s prose, too, takes on a sort of accelerated, feverish cadence. Reading parts aloud to myself only felt natural.

Globe and Mail

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 25 2016

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...If Dust Bath Revival doesn't quite work as a suspense novel, it is interesting as a book-length, sideways case for getting rid of stigma.

NPR

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Reviewed on Nov 24 2016

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