Sing, Unburied, Sing is most effective as a poetic critique of US history. The landscapes it describes with forensic ferocity are toxic.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 24 2017

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Away from his descriptions of success and the material of his home life, Gopnik’s strengths re-emerge. He is investigative again, tracing this psychic image of his own time, his own New York, always certain of his findings.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 23 2017

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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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I was not mad at Mal, because he did not have much choice, but I was still disappointed. I am not trying to grade the story that was not on page, but let me be very clear that what was on the page did not work for me at all, even if it was well written and as far as I could notice the copy editing was pretty good.

Dear Author

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Nov 22 2017

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Lloyd Parry is uncommonly sensitive to all such spirits, and in the tsunami he has found a horrifying metaphor for those subliminal forces that swirl underneath the manicured surfaces of Japan.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 26 2017

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In this context, Why Dylan Matters misses the point, but there are nevertheless enough glimpses of illumination to make this a must for the converted.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Dec 19 2017

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To go along with my (slight) impatience with Margot returning to her Southern roots, I was delighted with Tootie, Marianne and Frankie...Sweat Tea and Sympathy was warm and cosy and full of Southern charm.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 21 2017

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I should have figured out what was going on there earlier, but I thought it was very clever when it was revealed. My grade for All the Birds in the Sky is a B+, and I’ll be seeking out more of the author’s work.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 20 2017

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The book is a masterpiece of panoramic history. It follows as the Black Plague, the Little Ice Age (which at 500-plus years must not have seemed so “little” to those in its midst), the acts of enclosure and the state taking ultimate ownership through eminent domain.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Dec 22 2017

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It's hard to be idealistic without giving way to preachiness from time to time. Body Music may be a little too sugary, but its sweetness is craveable for good reason.

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 19 2017

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In reviewing books, we measure them against what they try to do — which means criticizing an impressive accomplishment like Bunk because it doesn't live up to its extraordinary ambitions. But the aspects that fail aren't even the hard parts, the research and analysis, but the easy parts, clarity and cohesion.

NPR

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Nov 18 2017

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In this mode, Brown writes like Martin Amis’s acidulous twin, deploying or perhaps inventing Latinate adjectives like “halitotic”. But she has another register, slangier and crasser...

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 19 2017

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It could be argued that I Am a Truck is a bit of an unconventional pick for the esteemed list, in both style and subject matter, but it turns out it's no less deserving than its companions.

Globe and Mail

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 17 2017

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Does she still have her phobias and does this all take a toll on her marriage? Yes. But reading about her trying and doing something that she – much less almost everyone else – had doubts of succeeding at gives me a mental boost to think “maybe one day I’ll ….”.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 24 2017

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As Mr Irwin spins this grand narrative, he also debunks trade-policy myths. During recessions, tariffs have often been assigned more of a role than they really had, low ones for inflicting American producers with excessive competition (as in 1818) and high ones for stimulating domestic production (as in 1893).

The Economist

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 23 2017

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It’s in the extensive endnotes that Blunk really shines, illuminating his sources and his resourcefulness...

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 22 2017

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It's actually the pacing in particular that makes Creatures work so well. Tanzer's slow, languid steps through her Victorian England give the novel a slow-burn quality that can lull you.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 22 2017

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As I read “Winter” I wondered whether its author had grown bored by his facility with very long prose; whether he wished to elude being pigeonholed as a certain type of writer...perhaps I should be less judgmental of an artist who tries new things and works against his natural style.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jan 18 2018

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Miles’s use of “intuitive descriptions” can seem overly speculative in a few instances. But on the whole, her book powerfully reconstructs the experiences of Detroit’s slaves. The dearth of archival sources makes her achievement all the more impressive.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 21 2017

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The opening section, dealing with Conrad’s Polish childhood, tilts us straight into the world of 19th-century revolutionaries that Conrad depicted so memorably in Under Western Eyes, and gives Jasanoff some of her best material.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jan 01 2018

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His heroics, and the story of his mates’ survival, so expertly recalled by Bown, exemplifies the unstoppable momentum of human curiosity.

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 20 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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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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At 1,000 pages, it is not for the fainthearted. But Mr Amanat is a skilful narrator whose use of sources and anecdotes is illuminating.

The Economist

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 18 2017

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Spoiler-averse readers will want to avoid learning of Harris’s own afterword, which explains the actual outcome of the expedition. The story has all the excitement of Robert Louis Stevenson, but with an immersive focus on the black experience.

Financial Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 17 2017

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These early passages of Frances­ca Hornak’s warmhearted debut novel “Seven Days of Us” draw the reader into the swirling orb of the charming but utterly dysfunctional Birches.

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 17 2017

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