And it’s too bad Jim Harrison died on March 24, 2016 (this book is being published on the one-year anniversary of his death), but let’s hope there are more collections of the work of this unique and uniquely American writer to come.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 16 2017

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When Kostova focuses on that beauty, through characters' reminiscences, folktales, poetry, and news, her book transcends its covers and offers readers a glimpse of her own heart.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 16 2017

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“Refuge” suffers from poor editing; it is wearyingly repetitive and dotted with errors (Mrs Merkel has not, for example, imposed a cap on refugees). A few eyebrows will also be raised at the claim that Europe’s refugee flows were responsible for Britain’s vote to leave the EU.

The Economist

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Apr 15 2017

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The book is delightfully full of English matrons in tweeds and their – ever so slightly hen pecked – husbands stoutly getting on with things in the face of adversity, rationing and war. As it was published in 1942, neither they nor the readers of the time knew what would come next but to be sure, they had no doubt of the final outcome.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 15 2017

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There is no plot in “South and West,” or conflict, or ending. The pleasures of this short book, rather, are found in observing the South through Didion’s eyes.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 14 2017

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Three Novellas Spanning Three Centuries of Mystery...I have to admit that grading this anthology was not easy.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 14 2017

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By the end, it’s as if Baldwin were wrestling with just what Nevertheless was supposed to be (besides an excuse to cash a cheque). If he had fought more with himself, and less with everyone else, then Alec Baldwin might have penned a memoir for the ages. Let’s call it a draw.

Globe and Mail

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Apr 13 2017

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Sunshine State is not a glowing encomium of Florida, nor is it a snarky takedown. Instead, it's a drifting, psychogeographical exploration of a place she once called home — and that, in return, has come to live inside her.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 13 2017

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“Sympathy” is self-consciously clever, riddled with a network of allusions similar to that of Marisha Pessl’s “Special Topics in Calamity Physics” — also a story about a seemingly precocious girl with a missing father that could be mistaken for a particularly engaging young adult novel.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 13 2017

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His tone of voice is readily identifiable. It’s the careful expository tone of a tale told to children, of a good, scary story that will keep them listening. I can see how this could get irritating, but it is at the heart of his technique and success.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 12 2017

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If the hygge trend sounds a little too precious and insular, Landvik’s brand offers a broader view — as an antidote to the storms of life, Landvik’s characters don’t hunker down but rather pull others into their warm circle. And that makes all the difference.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 12 2017

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Letters are the stuff of this engaging book. Though the marriage was not happy (Ms Chamberlain is wary of tales that it was unconsummated), Thomas and Jane wrote constantly whenever separated...

The Economist

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 12 2017

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Owens is effortlessly engaging, informally parceling out information about acre-foot allotments alongside sketches of notable, often dreadful figures in the river's history.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 11 2017

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But as the demonstration becomes all-consuming, sending Naomi’s life spiralling into chaos, the author also tends to lose control of plot and prose. Nevertheless, the topical, often inflammatory ideas explored remain engaging.

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Apr 16 2017

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That may be the eventual fate of Upside, but that's all the more reason to read it now when it's an ideal mix of fresh, snarky, and poignant.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 15 2017

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At what level do we read this book? Are symbols superseding mundane old facts? It doesn’t really matter. After such labyrinthine obfuscations, we are left with a deep curiosity that lends the novel an intriguing afterlife. Like it or not, to read this to the full, you are forced to become a hypocrite lecteur.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 15 2017

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Grann’s accomplished and necessary account of injustice, avarice and racist violence, tells a story both old and new.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Aug 03 2017

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There’s lots of great writing (Bowie is “all hip bone and cock”), but Moranifesto is strongest when it’s angry, about inequality, our attitude to migrants or the treatment of women. At their best, these spiky, funny and passionate essays feel nigh-on essential.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 14 2017

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Operatic in its reach, this is still essentially a tough crime procedural, with courtroom drama that is far more blistering than the John Grisham variety. Mississippi Blood is Southern Gothic delivered in the most incarnadine of hues.

Financial Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 13 2017

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Some passages are narrated from the fox’s perspective and Cocozza pulls off the tricky task of marrying these two approaches. The results are unsettling, the writing often vivid and rich, even if Mary, on occasion, seems to fade into the words.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 18 2017

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It is rare that he stumbles, but it weakens the plot. Nevertheless, the book is a cozy read. Romance, a book and a bulldozer

Washington Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 13 2017

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Your books may be inspirational romances, but I appreciate so much that they aren’t preachy. Instead the characters’ faith feels organic to their background and right for their journeys.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 13 2017

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That dichotomy between brooding schemer and extroverted leader has long defined the Nixon dynamic. But with The Life, Farrell has etched those history-shaking contradictions into the most vivid — and the most startling — relief to date.

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 12 2017

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Because of its category length, this story is compact – maybe a little much. Since it’s part of a series, I’m sure Deedee, Isaac and Mark will appear again as do characters from past books who show up here. For now, I’m happy with the HFN ending.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 12 2017

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Congratulations to designer M. Kristen Bearse and thanks to Pantheon’s editors for electing to go the extra mile to make a book’s look enhance its content.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 12 2017

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Feiler plunges into this thicket with verve, intelligence and style. He’s done a miraculous thing, the literary equivalent of breathing life into a figure made of clay — taken a story I’ve been hearing since services were held in the old sanctuary and made me experience it again as if for the first time.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 11 2017

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