Somehow, Strout’s writing understands us, with all our vanities, our small moments of heroism, our fears and our failings. And as each of her characters eventually discovers, what a rare and powerful feeling it is to be understood.

Financial Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on May 26 2017

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The lesson we learn is that everything is unreliable: our memories, our cover stories, and the grander narratives nations tell to justify their actions. And only Le Carré, it becomes clear, could have made this point so convincingly.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on May 10 2017

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How Sandberg’s two children will feel in years to come about their mother’s willingness to publicly detail significant moments of their grieving for their father is moot. But, occasional winces aside, the book contains important messages both for individuals and for employers.

Financial Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on May 10 2017

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“Rising Star” seems to include every human being who came within arm’s length of the young president-to-be. The depth of detail allows the reader to see familiar parts of this story with fresh eyes.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on May 09 2017

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Into the Water isn’t as slick or as clever – or as relatable – as The Girl on the Train, but it’s creepy enough, provided you can stay on top of the multiple voices and the deaths piling up through the centuries. The supernatural tinge given by the psychic might not be to everyone’s liking...

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on May 16 2017

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Thus, the first book paved the way for this one. The authors had been straight with the sources they’d interviewed the first time around; and this time out, they were ready to tell their stories, encouraged by the authors’ agreement, as they explain in an end note, to withhold the names of those requesting anonymity.

Washington Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on May 01 2017

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His faith in the country is touching, and this book is a gift (and not just a last-minute one for your nephew, either).

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 22 2017

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There are a few baggy sections – it’s not as focused as The Round House, it meanders more – but it is still a book of beauty, a hymn to people’s ability to forgive.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 18 2017

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Pace is right about one thing: The book is a “message of love” from a former president to the troops.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 17 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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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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The physician-turned-journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal offers a very different answer in her eye-opening “An American Sickness.”...Where Rosenthal’s account falls short is in explaining why this deeply broken system persists.

NY Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Apr 04 2017

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It’s a compassionate, insightful novel, as rich thematically as it is narratively compelling. Through the characters of both Scott Burroughs and Bill Milligan – an outspoken news anchor who was also on the plane – Hawley explores the discord between fame and reality...

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 02 2017

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Killers of the Flower Moon is a gripping tale, masterfully told. When murderers escape justice, Grann notes, “history can often provide at least some final accounting.” While it’s too late to identify, let alone punish, all those who preyed on the Osage, this book ensures these brutal crimes will never again be forgotten.

Globe and Mail

Rating Good

Reviewed on May 12 2017

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Smith makes many telling, shrewd points in pursuit of realigning the popular image of Prince Charles, but the observation that stuck with me, one that brings us full circle, is a perfect illustration of her acumen.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on May 10 2017

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I have to admit that there was one thing I missed in this book so very much – humor. Of course this is not a light-hearted book in the same way as Amanda Quick’s early books were, and I did not expect humor and laughter on every page or even every other page, but I would have loved to see more humorous touches .

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on May 09 2017

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...there is something reductive about the last third of the book...They may feel it takes too long to get to the action, but I loved watching the author walk the tightrope of deeper questions, was thrilled to see him push the boundaries of human understanding for its own merits...

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 02 2017

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Mr. Baldacci has come up with another winner of a thriller and the reader can expect to hear more about the agent who sees everything in blue.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on May 04 2017

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Much like Jenner herself, the book is both compelling and maddening, both sympathetic and exasperating. Even before her coming out, Jenner was a polarizing figure.

Globe and Mail

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 25 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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So “This Fight Is Our Fight” is a smart, tough-minded book. But is it an effective blueprint for progressive political revival? The evidence suggests that it’s incomplete.

NY Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Apr 18 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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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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Berry’s fans will love his latest endeavor as he brings more detail into Malone’s past and how he came to be known as Cotton. The villains are a bit over the top, and their ultimate goal is somewhat confusing, but it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 04 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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His hope is that readers will feel compelled to retell these stories. He doesn’t mention something else, but I can hear it in his voice, something we could all use a little more of just now, in the dark: delight.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on May 15 2017

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