Smith is an appreciator of art, a connoisseur, rather than a stern critic. It’s rare that she writes about anything she dislikes. Indeed, if the book has a subtheme, it is joy, a feeling not often discussed outside of New Age circles.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Feb 21 2018

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Some readers might lose patience with the author’s conflicted feelings about a job he stuck with for years. But if they are interested in life on a border that has recently occupied an outsize role in policy debates, they will learn a lot.

Star Tribune

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Reviewed on Feb 07 2018

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In the end, this memoir is a mystical howl, a thrumming, piercing reminder of how very closely we all exist alongside what could have happened, but didn’t.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 05 2018

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McGowan’s book will not be the best book about the Weinstein scandal, but it may be the most visceral. Anger burns from every page.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Feb 06 2018

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“The Friend” could almost carry a trigger warning for writers, teachers and readers, except that Nunez’s prose itself comforts us. Her confident and direct style uplifts — the music in her sentences, her deep and varied intelligence.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Mar 09 2018

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For both novellas, I like that several different countries are showcased though as I mentioned, I’m curious about how easy and quick it would be for Bohdan to begin skating for Australia or Brady to switch sports.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Feb 05 2018

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...will likely be doled out in bits as tantalizing as tiny sips from a cup of rich chocolate. If that kind of exquisite agony is for you, give The Burial Society a try, but don't say I didn't warn you about the wait.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 04 2018

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I’m not sure if there are future adventures for William, Philip and others though I’d love to keep reading about them if the opportunity arises.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Feb 03 2018

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Tamara and Caleb fit together well. Tamara falls in love with the girls too – and they with her. I liked where you took the nanny/boss trope. I really did.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Feb 02 2018

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As a result, Starlings isn't particularly consistent, and some pieces certainly feel like momentary distractions, preserved for a dubious posterity. But even the fragments are fascinating because of the way they combine keen, resonant ideas with a variety of voices.

NPR

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Reviewed on Feb 01 2018

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He evokes the boys’ confusion, their tenderness, their fear. But also their hope that they can save their damaged friend and, in so doing, rescue themselves from the guilt that has haunted them since the first of their number took his life, a message that transcends generations.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 01 2018

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Jane's story is for those who like their books brainy and their television trashy. A binge-read with hidden depths.

Globe and Mail

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 01 2018

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Davis is a sure and engaging guide to these developments. Beginning with Janeway’s prediction of pattern-recognition receptors, each chapter is devoted to a scientist, or often a pair of scientists...

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 05 2018

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Stubbs’s monumental biography impresses both for its meticulous research and its subtle and insightful portrait of such a contradictory personality, a man who could be “both enlightened and cruelly repressive in a single breath”.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 07 2018

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“Brotopia” is a well-researched history of how Silicon Valley became a glorified frat house — beginning with a fascinating story about Lena Soderberg, a onetime Playboy centerfold, whose face and bare shoulders became the benchmark for image processing quality.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Mar 19 2018

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While Jones keeps her gaze on the personal, this intimate story of a relationship cannot be divorced from its racial context.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 06 2018

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This story is sexy with great verbal contests between two characters who aren’t afraid to say what they think. Their conversations have some intelligence to go with the feisty and are fairly evenly matched. There’s a lot of internal thoughts from both Everly and Tyler that are fun to listen too.

Dear Author

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Reviewed on Feb 06 2018

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There’s an epilogue and a postscript. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but there are more split infinitives than unsplit ones. But it’s a fine and fascinating read, bolstered by exemplary research and nuanced insights.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Feb 05 2018

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The ending is quietly breathtaking, evidence of the subterranean magic that’s wrought by those seemingly austere sentences.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 04 2018

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Ultimately, This is Not a Love Letter is, in fact, just that — a long, beautiful, heart-breaking love letter to potential and possibilities and hope, to the pain we survive in youth and carry with us into adulthood.

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Feb 03 2018

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La Rochefoucauld faced torture and death, yet he carried on. There is inspiration in his example, and that makes “The Saboteur” well worth reading.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 02 2018

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Gone are the maple panelling and art deco fittings; instead the berths offer “a pretty good simulacrum of a prison cell”. A delightful mix of travel writing and cultural history that is not just for train buffs.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Feb 02 2018

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Now the reason for the lower grade is an annoying subplot with an annoying character that is continued over the course of the story. A little of this and him went a long way. Mac however, is the cats pajamas.

Dear Author

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Reviewed on Feb 01 2018

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“The Great Alone” is packed with rapturous descriptions of Alaskan scenery, which are the most reliably alluring part of it. Hannah remembers and summons an undeveloped wilderness, describing a gloriously pristine region in the days before cruise ships discovered it.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Feb 01 2018

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Bergman’s style tends to the sensational but that does not mask a critical strand that questions the morality and effectiveness of Israel’s approach to dealing with the enemy in its own backyard.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 22 2018

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Building the Great Society is endlessly absorbing, and astoundingly well-researched — all good historians do their homework, but Zeitz goes above and beyond.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jan 31 2018

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