If journalism is the first rough draft of history, Green’s draft serves primarily as a chronology. It details the relationship between Bannon and Trump without giving satisfactory reasons for why it works… and for how long it will continue.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 06 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 a romance, Come Sundown is a little thin. Maybe a C+/B- in terms of readerly romantic satisfaction. As a thriller/general fiction book however, it rates at least a B+. So, I’m going with a B for the overall grade. It’s hard to read parts of this book but Alice made it totally worth it.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 27 2017

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...Grodstein, with poignancy and mordant humor (“Without a crisis, really, I’d have nothing to do today but go to the emergency room”) helps us see and sympathize with a mother’s illogical desperation.

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 19 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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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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David Cay Johnston, who recently made headlines by releasing a portion of Trump’s 2005 tax return, knows whatever can be known about Trump’s career, which he covered as a journalist for three decades, and he has the necessary courage for the disagreeable work.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on May 18 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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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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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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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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Overall, though, the book’s epistemological choreography, as the Merry and Roger meetings are intertwined with the ongoing investigation – involving forensic anthropology, satellite imagery, and on-the-ground detective work – is expertly handled.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 27 2017

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...with so many characters, settings and departmental undercurrents to navigate, “The Late Show’s” seams show at times...Welcome Renée Ballard to the City of Angels’ crime fighting pantheon. Barring an 8.0 direct hit on the Hollywood station, we will be seeing a lot more of her.

LA Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 21 2017

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It could be dull, but instead it's mesmerizing, like watching spinning chickens. Since many of the things he describes happen in his stories, reading Theft by Finding feels like watching a favorite play from behind the scenes, in the company of a friend who can identify what is absurd and heartbreaking and human about every person on stage.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 04 2017

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As in other Andrews books, descriptions are utilitarian, but the dialogue shines with humor and wit. I have just one more minor nitpick—while the entire rest of the book is narrated by Nevada in first person, the epilogue switches to third person in Rogan’s viewpoint. That felt jarringly late in the book to introduce his POV.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on May 31 2017

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...what comes across strongly in this highly enjoyable book is the fierce commitment of both Orwell and Churchill to critical thought.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on May 23 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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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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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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