Hoffman has a soothing touch, so we quickly get over the various horrific tragedies with which her latest book is littered – any one of which would pole-axe us personally for life. It’s all the great circle of death, we comfort ourselves, as we stroll through the scented garden of Hoffman’s prose.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 22 2017

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Coates came to history relatively recently, and now has the zeal of the convert – in the best sense of that phrase.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 18 2017

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It's hard not to feel for Biden, who exudes humanity throughout the book. He lays bare his emotions and vulnerabilities at losing a son with so much promise, which is made even more difficult by the understanding that Biden has faced unthinkable tragedy before.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 14 2017

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Political junkies may already know much of the material here. But “Playing With Fire” is nonetheless a beautifully written account of an election that established strategies that, for better and worse, are still in use today.

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 10 2017

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On an emotional level, I enjoyed reading Someone to Wed more than my grade will reflect. But I had so many intellectual niggles and discomfiting moments

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 08 2017

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As in all of Grisham’s best books, the reader of “The Rooster Bar” gets good company, a vigorous runaround and — unlike those poor benighted suckers at Foggy Bottom — a bit of a legal education.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 25 2017

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Soonish makes The Matrix seem surprisingly plausible, Keanu Reeves aside. But it leaves plenty of room for all sorts of outcomes. Part of the benefit of the book is that it doesn't promise we'll all be sipping printed cocktails on the moon in 2067. The Weinersmiths just lay out, clearly and with a wry sense of humor...

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 19 2017

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...as he dissects everything from the Salem witch hunts to Scientology, he manages to present a frighteningly convincing and sometimes uproarious picture of a country in steep, perhaps terminal decline that would have the founding fathers weeping into their beards.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 15 2017

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Kiernan’s wider lens on the Gilded Age compensates for her protagonists’ insipidness. The book’s vitality lies in the details she reveals about the architects, writers, artists and peers of the Vanderbilts who spent time at Biltmore.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 11 2017

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Jones is above all concerned with the military exploits of the order, and he gives us plenty of blood and guts shed under its piebald flag.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 06 2017

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...perhaps most amazing for a book in this genre—there's intelligent wit and wordplay with a notable lack of punnery. It's very, very good, and it reaffirms Pratchett's status as an author who is arguably too damn good for his chosen field.

AV Club

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 27 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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The sparring scene between Venom and Holly was a great illustration of those differences, and of how Venom understood Holly better than anyone else did. I appreciated that she was able to reciprocate that understanding, and made him feel accepted and loved in a way that he hadn’t before.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 26 2017

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Ultimately, it’s this witty, authentic voice that will be so sorely missed. The Princess Diarist isn’t my favourite of Fisher’s books, but I’m still so sorry that it’s her last.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 19 2017

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Weir is well aware that he's unlikely to reproduce The Martian's incandescent success. In self-effacing interviews, he's said he's fine with people dismissing Artemis as "not as good as The Martian," as long as they enjoy the new book. That certainly seems likely...

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 15 2017

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This is a novel that convinces and compels; it’s a pleasure to read. If there’s a criticism to be made, it’s the same criticism Ng herself implicitly makes of Shaker Heights: that planning to excess can result in something that feels, finally, phony.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 18 2017

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That’s the kind of swagger that has kept this franchise so satisfying. But “The Midnight Line” is the rare book in which Reacher mostly doesn’t have to act that way. And shouldn’t. And becomes too moved even to try.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 08 2017

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Souza’s book will speed Obama’s passage to secular sanctity. No wonder-working feats need to be proved, as they must be before Catholic saints are beatified...

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 06 2017

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Isaacson doesn’t claim to make any fresh discoveries, but his book is intelligently organised, simply written and beautifully illustrated, and it ends with a kind of mental gymnastics programme that suggests how we can learn from Leonardo...

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 16 2017

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Uncommon Type has more connective architecture than most collections: the first, seventh and last of the 17 stories feature the same characters, while four of the others take the form of pieces by a veteran columnist on a dying regional newspaper, Hank Fiset.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 18 2017

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Unfortunately, the book loses focus at times, as Tan includes journal entries, stories of cave exploring on Easter Island and e-mails between herself and her editor, Daniel Halpern. The passages offer real insight into Tan, but often feel like digressions.

Star Tribune

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Oct 13 2017

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Despite the chemical jargon and technical data, Brown remains a gothic novelist who is best when sending his characters to grope through mazy architectural spaces, his personal versions of Northanger Abbey or Hogwarts Academy.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 08 2017

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Manhattan Beach is more linear than Goon Squad or The Keep. But it has the same knack for drawing readers into the characters' minute and painful complications, and the same habit of treating time both as a narrative playground and as a looming hazard.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 05 2017

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But perhaps it’s no accident that this epic feels so vital and fresh. Sleeping Beauties comes fuelled by a youthful vigour that King Sr hasn’t shown us in years – probably not since 2008’s Duma Key. He appeared to have lost interest, dozed off, when maybe all he required was his son’s intervention.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 26 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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Instead of recuperating, Clinton has opted for a re-enactment of a remote past. Her book grows fat on rosy reminiscences about her childhood baseball games, her first date with Bill, and Chelsea’s breech birth, with victory laps to commemorate her achievements as a “lady lawyer” in Arkansas...

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Sep 18 2017

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