Headlines may dissemble, facts may take centuries to untangle, but with “A Boy in Winter,” Seiffert has unleashed literature’s unique power to analyze history’s scroll, to let fiction judge.

NY Times

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Reviewed on Aug 21 2017

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But a book like “March 1917” allows us to view the world from its hopeful — sometimes hopelessly naive — viewpoint, even if we cannot quite shut off the lens of hindsight.

Washington Times

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Reviewed on Jun 18 2017

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It can be tough sometimes to root for these guys. Their failings can be deeply frustrating to watch, and their astute observations are matched only by their blithe obliviousness...

NPR

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Reviewed on Jun 17 2017

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Klein’s book is ultimately optimistic, because she believes the power to make change lies in the popular will. She calls on us to recognise that this will has enemies, and they are making havoc.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Jun 22 2017

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Porter’s story feels very reconstructed, which it was. She did not write the book as she was developing Marcel’s font, which went on to be honored by the P22 Type Foundry in New York in 2013 and win awards. Her writing often feels distant and meticulously edited, unlike Marcel’s emotional letters.

Star Tribune

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Reviewed on Jun 16 2017

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This is a timely and important study that places Brexit and the difficulties of the EU in an illuminating historical context.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 16 2017

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Next to a photo shot in Tivoli, Cole recalls hearing that someone he knows is losing his vision. “I was stunned,” he says. “Him of all people, so young, so good at seeing.” In this new, luminous book, Cole shows himself to be really one of the best at seeing.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 29 2017

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Admirers of J. Courtney Sullivan’s earlier novels, especially the 2011 best seller “Maine,” will likely also love “Saints for All Occasions.” Newcomers to her work will also appreciate her control of the family saga genre, and her grasp of family dynamics.

Washington Times

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Reviewed on Jun 15 2017

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Readers need to know that this will not be the type of HEA romance we enjoy reading here. Instead my rec of this book would be more for the military aspects. The framework of the plot presents an interesting view of time and a bittersweet love found, lost and – maybe – ultimately found again.

Dear Author

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Reviewed on Jun 15 2017

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The middle class crisis — to us and to constitutional government — is all too real. Mr. Sitaraman’s “solution” of confiscating other people’s money and limiting their right to free expression — is considerably less so.

Washington Times

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Reviewed on Jun 14 2017

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The main thing that saved this book, to the degree that it was saved, was that the last thirty percent of it did introduce a brand new trope I have not seen used in this series—or elsewhere in the genre, for that matter.

Dear Author

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Reviewed on Jun 14 2017

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It is his gift to us, through his willingness to be honest without being vengeful, that those of us who have felt shut out of the grief memoirs in which parents and children had perfect relationships can read these pages and weep.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 09 2017

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Like Graham, the novel gestures at darker corridors, mostly choosing to leave them untraveled. But as with any marriage, it’s better to take this novel just exactly as it is, rather than nitpick all the things that it’s not.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 07 2017

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...“Democracy in Chains” leaves me with hope: Perhaps as books like MacLean’s continue to shine a light on important truths, Americans will begin to realize they need to pay more attention and not succumb to the cynical view that known liars make the best leaders.

NY Times

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Reviewed on Aug 15 2017

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Unafraid to capture the intimacies and specifics of this life, Longley is also one of the very few poets able to take us, time and again, to a place as “Wild and melodious” as the birdsong he celebrates.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 17 2017

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The book is an attempt to see fat in its complexity, its contrariness – as potentially more than a physical problem to be overcome. And although Gay regrets she is unable to go as far as the campaigners who rejoice in their size, she does want us to rethink what fatness can mean.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 30 2017

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“The Last Kid Left” is “The Scarlet Letter” by way of one of Michael Connelly’s Bosch novels...Those two pieces don’t always mix well, and minor characters (like Martin’s estranged daughter) are overly encumbered with dense characterization. But when Baldwin trains his focus Nick and Emily’s story, the novel becomes more frictionless and shrewd...

LA Times

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Reviewed on Jun 16 2017

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“Be Like the Fox” is not detached, archival history but a remarkable work of imaginative engagement backed by scholarly learning.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 16 2017

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Also, where the adventure plot was concerned, the authors managed to surprise me in a major way, and even if it was totally over the top it was enjoyable.

Dear Author

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Reviewed on Jun 16 2017

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Even so, though it’s no comic classic, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. is big, roomy and enjoyable. The historical scenes are refreshingly unembarrassed by their hey-nonny-nonnyisms. The characters are lively, the plot moves along and the whole thing possesses heart and charm.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Jun 15 2017

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If all of this sounds a little hectic, that’s because it is. Despite its likable energy, Goodman’s novel does sometimes seem to be falling prey to the manic, scrabbled intensity of the games it describes.

NY Times

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Reviewed on Aug 07 2017

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The book would benefit, however, from far more reporting. Meeting an Afghan asylum-seeker who had been tortured and raped by the Taliban, Mr Murray momentarily seems to understand the “generous instinct” that led European politicians to welcome refugees...But in support of his idea that Islam has no place in Europe, he lets fear trump analysis.

The Economist

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Reviewed on Jun 15 2017

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Grindrod’s personal yet highly informative account of the origins and meaning of the green belt provides an excellent point of departure for an essential debate about its future, one that is likely to be contentious but is long overdue.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 14 2017

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Mormama, like the house that is ostensibly its central concern, is less frightening than exhausting, more dust than dread.

NPR

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Reviewed on Jun 14 2017

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In Mr. Verducci’s entertaining book, he notes that the “construction of a championship team is granular” and the “final picture is a Seurat painting” with “many tiny dots of color” and “millions of reasons and thousands of cascading events.”

Washington Times

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Reviewed on Jun 13 2017

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Weigel is an astute observer, and he knows full well how ridiculous prog can seem to anyone who doesn't regularly listen to ten-minute, orchestral rock songs about extraterrestrial travel. But he authoritatively, engagingly drives home the point that prog has never received a fair shake...

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 13 2017

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