Among much else she has highlighted the cruelties of the caste system, the plight of tribal peoples in India and elsewhere, dam projects that displace thousands of villagers, corruption in government, and the horrors of India’s policy in Kashmir.

Washington Times

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Reviewed on Jul 06 2017

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Made for Love has a deviant instinct that make it initially captivating — but it doesn't do the necessary other work of a good novel. For all the ostensible unexpectedness (again, dolphins), it rarely surprises.

NPR

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Reviewed on Jul 06 2017

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That’s why, uncomfortable as it may be, attention to the Grim Sleeper is necessary. It is also attention to his victims, who might otherwise be forgotten.

LA Times

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Reviewed on Jul 06 2017

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If he opened it – and showed more mature reflection than he has on other topics – he would find a pacy, engaging and morally serious thriller that offers no easy answers on the limits of loyalty and dissent within a democracy.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 06 2017

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The novel’s best creation is Mary herself, as complex, interesting and flawed a heroine as you could hope for, equal parts Becky Sharp, Scarlett O’Hara and some ineffable and winning quality peculiar only to herself.

NY Times

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Reviewed on Jul 05 2017

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So immerse yourself in this marvelous compendium of Mary McCarthy’s fiction, which is never less than worthwhile and, at its best, provides some of the most consistently interesting and revealing examples of 20th century American literature.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 05 2017

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In this unusual, entertaining first novel, Ashley Shelby combines science with literature to make a clever case for scientists' and artists' shared conviction that "the world could become known if only you looked hard enough."

NPR

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Reviewed on Jul 04 2017

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It’s among the satisfactions of Begley’s “The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera” that he delivers a subtle accounting of Nadar’s career as a photographer while reminding us of his subject’s many other talents and exploits.

NY Times

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Reviewed on Jul 04 2017

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For a novel that ultimately aims to expose the dangers of political and religious orthodoxies, Modern Gods winds up getting awfully preachy.

NPR

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Reviewed on Jul 03 2017

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If you’re unfamiliar with Kehlmann’s writing, don’t start with this slim, occasionally potent exercise. But if you’re a fan waiting for his next full workout, you’ll find this a pleasantly unsettling way to pass the time.

NY Times

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Reviewed on Jul 03 2017

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...sweeping, incisive and highly informed book, Heligoland once loomed large in European great power politics.

Washington Times

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Reviewed on Jul 03 2017

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His novels revel in the tangential, so it’s no surprise that his essays on literature and culture, 15 of which are gathered here, are similarly in thrall to the way seemingly disparate elements of the mainstream and avant garde speak to each other.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Jul 02 2017

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“Chief Engineer” is Ms Wagner’s solidly constructed biography of Washington Roebling, the man who joined Brooklyn to Manhattan by the grace of a steel and concrete arc held aloft by a filigree of wire.

The Economist

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Reviewed on Jul 01 2017

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If it took an unrealistic connection between science and society to motivate Sapolsky to write “Behave,” that is a small price. His book offers a wild and mind-opening ride into a better understanding of just where our behavior comes from. Darwin would have been thrilled.

NY Times

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Reviewed on Jul 06 2017

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This alarming conclusion is shared by many in Washington, where Mr Allison’s book is causing a stir. So it is worth examining his reasoning.

The Economist

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Reviewed on Jul 06 2017

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Honestly Anna almost lost me in the number of times she was willing to make snap judgments on Jonathan...Oscar and Anthea need to get cards printed – “Warrender Matchmaking Service.” Their little POV scene at the end helps save the ending.

Dear Author

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Reviewed on Jul 06 2017

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...frequently reconstructs dialogue between the plot's players, which at times feels overly contrived and distracting. Thankfully it's not enough to inhibit the intimate look into the lives of the men and women who are humbly — and at time not so humbly — hoping to put the power of creation at their fingertips.

NPR

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Reviewed on Jul 05 2017

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The energy and zip of this book are hard to resist. And it also provides the most convincing explanation yet for the skills of jazz pianists: they are, of course, 300 years old.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Jul 05 2017

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It gets a bit convoluted but at least Amanda gets her man, Seth finds his brother and has a possible job prospect and everyone makes the wedding. I have my ideas about who the youngest Porterfield sibling will match up with – we’ll see if I guess correctly.

Dear Author

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Reviewed on Jul 05 2017

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...disproves that old saw about there being no second acts in American life. There are, but as this second autobiography shows, it’s usually just the first act reworked in a new setting.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Jul 04 2017

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The romantic storyline was secondary, as I said getting into bed was not on their minds all the time, and there was not much sex in the book. This made perfect sense to me because their investigation was their top priority. I liked how it was handled.

Dear Author

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Reviewed on Jul 04 2017

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The suspense plot might be easier to see today but with Robin’s lack of experience abroad it would probably have been harder for her to spot. Overall this is a nice homage to Mary Stewart and Phyllis Whitney books of the era.

Dear Author

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Reviewed on Jul 03 2017

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Throughout his entertaining history, Engel argues for a stout forward defence against this onslaught of “cool” and “fun” and “you guys”.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Jul 03 2017

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...“The Force” is a cynical and grim portrait of a totally corrupt system. Nevertheless, “The Force” is a superb crime novel. It is exciting, entertaining and enlightening.

Washington Times

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Reviewed on Jul 02 2017

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On the surface, Off the Cliff sketches this one-in-a-million serendipity with breezy style; beneath it, this slice of movie history invites you to think about why it's one in a million at all.

NPR

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Reviewed on Jul 02 2017

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They have produced the best account yet of what happened to al-Qaida after 9/11: it is an astonishingly good piece of work.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 01 2017

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