For much of its length, Be Ready for the Lightning pinballs between the hostage scene on the bus, all jump-cuts and spattered blood, and Veda's life in Vancouver, rendered in rich, saturated colours and achingly slow dissolves.

Globe and Mail

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 16 2017

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...there is something very late 20th century about You’re the Only One I Can Tell. It belongs to a time, smaller and more enclosed, when confidences were not exchanged half so blithely as they often are today.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Jul 16 2017

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So yes, Meddling Kids is a story about what happened to the Scooby Doo gang after they all grew up. And it is awesome. It is a book that lives completely in the sweet recollections of childhood summers

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 15 2017

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This is an intensely beautiful and original collection that bristles with a strange and often disturbing magic.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 15 2017

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But Meloy didn’t write a manifesto; she wrote a page-turner, prioritizing action, delivering a wild, propulsive plot with tight prose and a constant current of suspense. It’s a thrilling novel, well constructed and hard to put down, a sharp reminder that the tide can take us anywhere, even when the water looks fine.

LA Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 14 2017

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Bragg’s enthusiasm for his subject shines in this definitive, if at times dense, history of skiffle music — and it’s a fascinating read.

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 14 2017

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The tone of the novel is reminiscent of young adult fiction. The age of the children seems disparate to their emotions and conduct.

Washington Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jul 13 2017

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What emerges is a vivid depiction of a community that is struggling economically in present-day America, but is rich in its human connections.

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 13 2017

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All I saw was they are attracted, they have sex, and then boom – they are in love. Why they were in love? I have no idea whatsoever; the author didn’t show me that.

Dear Author

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jul 13 2017

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Mr. Callahan does an excellent job of examining what makes some philanthropies more effective than others, and his book makes for fascinating reading on the subject. But his “progressive” political bias tends to skew his bottom line conclusions.

Washington Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jul 12 2017

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Estella and Iris are also charming yet totally seven year old girls and definitely not plot moppets. I just wish that heaps o’ cash hadn’t smoothed over every bump in the road and that the romance had just a touch more zing.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 12 2017

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Ms. Blais, a fine writer of nonfiction, set out to memorialize the place, and the result is a highly readable valentine to a much loved — for them and their relatives, families and friends — dwelling that had been the site of so many good times.

Washington Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 08 2017

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...Armstrong knows something about the celebrity memoir most celebrities don't: When stories are presented this genially, this garrulously, and with such an offhand flair for nerdy self-parody, we'll happily keep turning those pages.

NPR

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Reviewed on Jul 11 2017

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Mr. Soni and Mr. Goodman are solid researchers; they bring Shannon to life both as a scientist and an intriguing individual. The authors make his story readable as well as informative.

Washington Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 16 2017

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Ollie's voice is one of the most believable I've encountered this year, sustained by honesty, realism, and compassion.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 16 2017

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What a charming book. A Harlequin editor – Harlequin and if they don’t know romance then who does? – who looks for romance and her own hero and HEA only to come up short time after time...Yep, after finishing this I had to go on a happy nostalgic 80s song fest.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 15 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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As such, he makes for a deliciously untrustworthy narrator...Brimming with betrayal, corruption and hypocrisy, The Party is a gripping page-turner.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 16 2017

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The amazing story of finding the dream farm and reaching for what seemed an impossible goal then getting it made me smile. Esther does live up to her billing as a truly wonderful ambassadress to all things pig.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 14 2017

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But the newer novel bites off a lot more than Lacey’s debut, and it does a much better job of chewing it. This is a breathtaking leap to witness, and a promising trajectory to follow.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 28 2017

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“Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash”, his third novel, sees the author reining in the surrealism to deliver a pulpy, visceral tale of sex, violence and comeuppance.

The Economist

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 13 2017

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Few landmark books of American short stories have a better, truer title than Jayne Anne Phillips’s “Black Tickets” (1979). Her stories are tickets indeed — to a series of lush, violent, elegiac and sexually charged worlds, with no easy path back to the turnstiles.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 13 2017

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It doesn’t exactly seem like a recipe for a darkly comic yet heartfelt novel, but that’s exactly what “Goodbye, Vitamin” is.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 28 2017

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The book amounts to an unsparing portrait of a city and a nation, with a singular voice heard throughout, lost in grief and longing, interrogating every motive and intention.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 12 2017

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Lenny Ben-David, the author who has assembled this remarkable photographic collection is superbly qualified for the task.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 11 2017

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Lawrence is a vibrant, accomplished storyteller and the truth behind Indigo’s family plays out as a satisfying mystery, against a London backdrop reflecting the social diversity of the city.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 11 2017

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