The magic of this novel lies in its power to implicate all of its characters — and likely many of its readers — in that innocent delusion. Who set the little fires everywhere? We keep reading to find out, even as we suspect that it could be us with ash on our hands.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 25 2017

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In prose as lush as the verdant California coastline on which he has set his novel, and which he clearly knows in intimate detail, Gabriel Tallent reveals the hard reality of life for Turtle Alveston.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 05 2017

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Indeed it feels like only one conceivable future, and not the worst imaginable: It’s a better organized, more utopian and also more totalitarian society than any we have yet created.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 26 2017

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...a sense of urgency is lacking, and rushing in to fill that vacuum is a relaxed penchant for sardonic bloviation. That's perfectly fine, insofar as the book's prospective readers want to imagine themselves bellied up at some musty dive bar with Campbell's garrulous, opinionated storyteller.

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 15 2017

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Wright's insight on this point is just one of the many truths in his delightfully personal, yet broadly important, new book Why Buddhism Is True.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 26 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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There are so many concurrent story lines in “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” that to reveal too many details here would risk stealing the reader’s pure enjoyment of such an adventurous and transformative tale.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 23 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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Now he has joined forces with Ida’s granddaughter to publish her letters, and they offer a compelling glimpse of a lost age of bohemia that raises provocative questions about what it means to live freely.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 02 2017

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That would have been fun to read. There’s a lot of sameness in this one, but then it’s book 7 so perhaps it’s all catching up with me. It’s mainly the secondary characters I’ve already praised who raise this to a B.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 01 2017

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The poem begins like this: “Fanaticism? No. Writing is exciting/and baseball is like writing./You can never tell with either/how it will go/or what you will do...” Moore please.

The Economist

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 01 2017

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A Legacy of Spies brings it all back, as fresh and as rancid as ever, in a tale that shows the master in the full vigour of his old mastery.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 07 2017

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Bowden revisits the historic battle with the same character-driven, grunt-level reporting style that made “Black Hawk Down” a bestseller. He lends a sympathetic ear to surviving soldiers on both sides...

LA Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Aug 31 2017

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The book is subtitled What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are and it’s a polished display of some of the early fruits of “big data” science. Its principal defect, perhaps, is that it doesn’t say enough about how many of these fruits are rotten.

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Aug 17 2017

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...fast-paced narrative history depicted with irresistible verve, bloody battle scenes and moments of laugh-out-loud wit.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Aug 13 2017

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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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Some of the stories are slight...The best stories, though, pry open the impassive surfaces of human behavior to reveal “the bloody weight of desire and the rusty anchor of remorse.”

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 30 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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The most compelling reason to read “Beartown” is that it is written by Fredrik Backman. Each of his books have been a pleasure to read — well-paced and with characters so well developed you feel as if you know them and how they think and see things; you feel as though you’re watching and listening not reading.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 01 2017

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Arikha intertwines her story with the story she draws from her father. She tells both carefully, pacing out the lines so that at times they look and sound like poetry. It’s not, though, nor is it meant to be.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 01 2017

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Teju Cole has composed a lyrical essay in photographs paired with texts, with each set identified by its locale, including — to name only a few — Auckland, Brooklyn, Brazzaville, Hadath El Jebbeh, Lagos, McMinnville, Paris, Queens, São Paulo...

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 01 2017

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