The book might end on a redemptive note of sorts – after a great deal of horror and bloodshed – but it’s hard to feel the cathartic relief that Howarth clearly expects. This is nonetheless the work of an able and intriguing new writer; one hopes that his next book will develop his considerable strengths further.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 01 2018

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...I expect many readers will find Bridle’s perceptive and thought-provoking book terrifying rather than enjoyable – but then as I implied at the outset, I’m very much of the glass half- empty type.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 30 2018

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While “Still Lives” is a deeply affecting examination of how our culture fetishizes female victims of crime — be it in art, news, or publishing — it will also have readers feverishly turning pages...

LA Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 29 2018

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Despite its treatment of sexual exploitation, How To Be Famous is not dark — it is a joyous, yelping novel about learning to love things without apology or irony. In service to this, metaphors careen all over the book like untrained animals, shedding and slobbering on the carpets. Nuance is lost, repetition is constant...

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 05 2018

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Their humanity is nicely balanced against the story's shocking elements. Son of Hitler may have its slow spots, but few war stories are this much fun.

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 28 2018

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The novel shows some early promise – a discussion of their displacement from Lebanon is illuminating, and contrasts are set up between the friends’ faiths - but sadly this is not explored with any degree of depth. Instead, indirect inner monologues create flat and binary characters...

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jun 27 2018

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Graeber is not an economist; he is an anthropologist who has done fieldwork in highland Madagascar and cops to being an anarchist who wants to see governments and corporations have less power. Yet his argument cries out for stronger economic evidence.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 26 2018

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Caroline’s Bikini is the long-winded story of Emily loving Evan loving Caroline – and although it might seem unlikely, given the convolutions of the writing, it turns out to be a really superb, very readable novel. I suppose I am, you know, hopelessly in love with it.

Guardian

Rating Excellent

Reviewed on Jul 19 2018

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I liked the way it all worked out, the characters acted in ways which were consistent and there was a definite female empowerment vibe going on which I loved – all against the backdrop of Jane’s “low-key” (but totally not low-key) wedding planning, leading up to the big day.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 26 2018

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I had to impatiently sigh a lot too given how obtuse Carr can be. Yet once he does figure out the right man, I laughed as said man told Carr he’d smack him if Carr kept calling himself unworthy.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 25 2018

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This book may offer the "irony and tragedy and other grown-up-type modes of expression" Chabon called for, but it could use more variety.

NPR

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jun 24 2018

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Although many critics have described this book with stuttering superlatives, readers will differ on whether it’s poetic or incoherent, brilliant self-examination or wordy narcissism.

Star Tribune

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jun 22 2018

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This isn’t a book written in the shadow of death, as Inside the Wave was; there’s not the same resonance and intensity, and some of the stories are slight. But there are new departures on the themes that preoccupied Dunmore...

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 22 2018

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When Lynn's past collides with her nightmarish present, it's because of that work, with more than a bit of government intrigue stirred in to good effect. By the time Lynn and Roxy set off for wintry Colorado on the trail of young William, The Darkest Time of Night has become a hugely satisfying, while still mystifying, suspense novel.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 01 2018

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Despite – or perhaps because of – his predictability, Billy Collins remains to middle America what John Betjeman was to postwar England: popular, relatable, nostalgic, gently comic. His appeal in Britain is likely to grow with this latest collection.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 29 2018

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Thompson, like most of us, doesn’t pretend to have the answers. He shares his journey, and the journey of his family, with us in a heartfelt, vulnerable way that will resonate with any parent, but especially the parents of teenage boys.

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 29 2018

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One of the reasons they come so thrillingly alive on the page is because he successfully portrays them in many different guises — as artists, socialites, iconoclasts and resistance fighters. In each case he gets under their skin and into their minds.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 28 2018

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The writing is good but I feel that Sadie’s story deserved more long term attention. In a world that seems to thrust medication at mental health patients in place of discussions and dialog, I wonder at Sadie’s long term benefit from it. I would also have liked for the other characters besides George to be more than cardboard cutouts.

Dear Author

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jun 27 2018

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None of which is to say Red Waters isn't worth it. An un-stuck landing lingers like a bad taste sometimes, but this one comes at the end of an otherwise fascinating story of tension and friction between old friends and new enemies...

NPR

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Jun 27 2018

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Brockes, I suspect, will be the same kind of mother — bigger, louder and stronger. She already is. And in the end, there is no doubt that her decision — at least for us readers — was an excellent one indeed.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 26 2018

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There are some flourishes to this story that don't fit quite as well into the novel's interior conversation as they could, but Confessions of the Fox is an ambitious debut, and its exploration of this "impossible, ghostly archaeology" will have you looking askance at tidy histories — which feels like just what Jack and Bess would want.

NPR

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Reviewed on Jun 26 2018

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Fox’s book is a gossipy family study; by design, it touches on politics hardly at all. Still, from her brief account of the transition, we learn that Trump wanted nothing to do with the team working on it...

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 25 2018

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The world is a mystery and his films live in darkness. He’s prepared to tell us how they happened but he’s not about to tell us why.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 24 2018

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Rob Young’s All Gates Open might or might not be the definitive biography of this slippery and protean band. It is an admirable work of loving and careful research.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 23 2018

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I’ll be honest and admit that I almost lost a plot thread or two along the way. There are plenty of them and as usual, Albia has to put many tiny bits and pieces of information gained over the course of the story together in order for it all to finally fit into place. The ending is a rousing free-for-all...

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 22 2018

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It is sci-fi in its most perfect expression — no robots, no explosions, no car chases. Reading it is like having a lucid dream of six years from next week, filled with people you don't know, but will. And its quietness is what belies any easy attempt to dissect it.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 21 2018

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