Much of "Dear Ijeawele" will feel familiar to those who know Adichie's previous works, but this book is more personal, more urgent. "I want to help create the world my daughter will love, to hasten the coming of true justice. I want the world to be better," she says.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Mar 21 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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Through the darkness of war, the circus lights twinkle on, the circus family lives and loves and laughs, all while beautiful athletes fly high above the crowd. It may seem a bit too neat and Hallmarkian to some, but Jenoff has written a tribute to the human spirit that soars in the midst of epic despair.

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Feb 21 2017

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...it is lively, provocative and sure to be another hit among the pooh-bahs. But readers ought to be prepared: Almost every blithe pronouncement Harari makes (that “the free individual is just a fictional tale concocted by an assembly of biochemical algorithms,” for instance) has been the exclusive subject of far more nuanced books...

NY Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Feb 15 2017

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This volume delves into philosophical and spiritual quandaries as the creatures struggle for context and understanding. Throw in the new layers of Atlantis folklore and the mysterious new immortals and you’ve got one of Rice’s most imaginative tales yet.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 10 2017

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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

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jan 29 2017

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It is the memoir of an addiction still going on, being negotiated everyday. There is, however, a noble Afterword in which Marnell shares the progress she’s made and slyly admonishes those who revel in and exploit the cool Manhattan party stories but disregard the pain that accompanies them.

Globe and Mail

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jan 27 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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As its title suggests, The Case Against Sugar makes no attempt to be a balanced book. Yet Taubes is a serious science writer who refrains from exaggerating the evidence.

Financial Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jan 20 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

Rating Below average

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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“Commonwealth” is not a saga, but rather, a succession of vignettes making up the life journeys taken by the Fix and Cousins children, with Franny as the main focal point. It is a fine mix of storytelling, satire, compassion and humor.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 20 2016

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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

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Dec 13 2016

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Finkel appears to have been quite conscientious in writing “The Stranger in the Woods.” He provides notes on sources. He gives the names of his (two!) fact-checkers. But it’s hard not to notice that he’s chosen a story that is, in some sense, impossible to completely nail down.

NY Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Mar 16 2017

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In a recent New Yorker essay, Saunders wrote that “literature is a form of fondness-for-life. It is love for life taking verbal form,” and this love suffuses Lincoln in the Bardo. This is a novel that’s so intimate and human, so profound, that it seems like an act of grace.

Financial Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Mar 03 2017

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Many have tried to assess Ike. Few succeed. Mr. Baier does, with the inspired selection of the closing event of Ike’s presidency as a touchstone in a passionate search for the diverse, complex and energizing “spirit of Ike.”

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 19 2017

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In reinterpreting the tales so faithfully and with such abundant joy, Gaiman assumes the role of fireside bard, inviting us to sit close on a chilly winter’s night and chuckle and wonder along with him.

Financial Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 14 2017

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A terrific writer and storyteller, Tyson compels a closer look at a heinous crime and the consequential decisions, large and small, that made it a national issue.

Star Tribune

Rating Excellent

Reviewed on Jan 30 2017

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In his work, Chabon consistently shows unusual affection for his characters. They may be flawed individuals, but their virtues are bestowed generously and their difficulties are lightened by the author’s optimistic sympathy.

Financial Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jan 27 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

Rating Below average

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

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jan 22 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

Rating Below average

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

Rating Above average

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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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

Rating Below average

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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