This is a highly readable, fascinating book that jerks the debate on religion versus atheism right out of its crusted rut into the light of serious intellectual scrutiny.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 15 2018

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Despite these concessions to human weakness, Comey’s principles are as inflexible as his elongated limbs.

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Apr 22 2018

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It is an honor to encounter her anew, and to have her gently remind us that sometimes it’s wise to put down our to-do lists and to give ourselves over to musing out the window, to remembering that “the imagination is the crucible of freedom.”

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 13 2018

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Okay I know I’m not the only one who read this book title and thought, “I’ve got to read that.” Maybe I’m one of only a few but given the twitter response, there are a lot of people interested in the subject. Is it about flatulence? You bet. But it’s science!

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 13 2018

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In the end, he offers a dark but ultimately hopeful “Macbeth,” one suited to our own troubled times, in which “the slowness of democracy” is no match for power-hungry strongmen who demand unstinting loyalty from ethically compromised followers, and where the brave must band together...

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 16 2018

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After long last, I finally finished it. Wow, I’m not sure what to say. Angelique is a big mess. It doesn’t know what it is.

Dear Author

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Apr 12 2018

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...don’t focus on pursuing money or love; do things you enjoy; laugh a lot, but don’t be a comedian … Oh, and benefit from consistent and loving parenting. First, though, you should read this funny, stimulating and rewarding book. You’ll be happy you did.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 11 2018

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I liked Whitney and Jack and I liked them together but the set up took a little too long and the rest of the book felt rushed and as a result the ambition of the book wasn’t quite fulfilled.

Dear Author

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Apr 11 2018

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There’s so much to praise and parse here that I hardly know where to begin. How about the way that the light visual comedy of the bread is juxtaposed with the cerebral, astringent humor...

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 10 2018

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For me, what it resembled most was a glass of cold riesling. It’s perfectly delicious in its way, but part of you always wonders if you’re really drinking alcohol at all.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 10 2018

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As a first draft of history, “To Change the Church” is a high-wire act, an effort to maintain a balance between theology and polemics for a wide public. And yet the air is thin up there, the wire narrow and tight.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 09 2018

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...the book offers food for thought, and aims to give you new appreciation for the weeds in your driveway, the bugs in your porch lights, or the pigeons on your telephone wires. It succeeds; Darwin Comes to Town is a vivid portrait of a world changing to survive us.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 08 2018

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While the book spends far too long on “what was that noise? It must have been … the wind?” moments, Merritt’s background as a historical novelist is well suited to the parallel narrative of the Victorian heroine Ailsa McBride, who appears in diary entries and scholarly works by the fusty prof essor.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 07 2018

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It doesn’t seem entirely fanciful to see this conflict embedded in the structure of his book. On first reading, I felt jostled and distracted by the digressions. Reread as two separate texts, it appears that Manguel has used them to accommodate his own Jekyll and Hyde...

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 14 2018

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With this as its subtext, “The Sandman” sends us off to dreamland with a nightmare that can make us happy.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 13 2018

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This bizarre, bold, brilliant book, originally published in 2000, is original both in content and form.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 13 2018

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Joshua Wheeler detours around them all in favor of his native southern New Mexico in the engagingly chatty and seriocomic "Acid West." In the popular imagination, the region is defined by cliched Wild West tales about Billy the Kid and UFO conspiracy theories about Roswell.

LA Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 13 2018

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Almost every essay in this book contains “pearls” of Arendt’s tonically subversive thinking, and many of her observations push readers to think harder about the language in which political activity is conducted.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 12 2018

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In spite of these occasional infelicities and awkwardnesses, “Circe” will surely delight readers new to the witch’s stories as it will many who remember her role in the Greek myths of their childhood: Like a good children’s book, it engrosses and races along at a clip...

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on May 28 2018

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“Stray City” makes an expansive canvas, diverse and colorful, for a vibrant portrait of a woman coming into her own, in a city also coming into its own, brimming with music, art and beauty.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Apr 11 2018

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It’s always fun to read about these women as social and professional creatures – where they published, whom they seduced, how they treated one another – but perhaps inevitably, given how little many of their intellectual projects had in common, Dean doesn’t always pay enough attention to what each one was saying, and how she said it.

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jun 28 2018

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Oh and hey, apparently since he cannot steal for years, now he needed to steal two paintings one after another. Why? I skipped to the end after chapter 12 and there was a monologue at the end, something about changing the world because of his stealing. I was irritated and frustrated and just could not bring myself to continue.

Dear Author

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Apr 10 2018

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There is a lot in her book to take issue with: the impatient dismissal of mindfulness, for instance, and the paranoid interpretation of the anti-smoking lobby as “a war against the working class”.

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Apr 12 2018

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But it’s her cousin who nails it – Marianne snorted. “My point is that maybe someone who challenges you, instead of shrinking away from that considerable willful streak of yours, would be harder for you to just toss aside.” Yep, I think round two in their romance will begin shortly. Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy Frankie’s smart sass.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 09 2018

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The Recovering was written with honourable intentions, no doubt, but its author seems blind to a fundamentalism that reckons sobriety an absolute good and intoxication a sure sign of weakness. Jamison is increasingly pious, and pious against her own better judgment.

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Apr 27 2018

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But so what if you don’t read Crosley’s essays for universal human truths? Read them because, when life is like a long drive on I-80 west of Omaha, you want a clever, funny friend along for the ride.

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Apr 06 2018

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