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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Misunderstandings follow but in that Betty Neels way wherein the truth comes out fairly quickly except for any hint of “love.” No, we have to wait until the print almost runs off the last page before Sarah or Litrik will fess up to that! But we end with a beautiful country wedding...

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 21 2018

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But Kushner’s prose fizzes as dangerously as the electric fence around Stanville, her observations spiky as barbed wire, her humour desert-sky dark. This may not be an enjoyable novel, but it marks you like a tattoo.

Guardian

Rating Excellent

Reviewed on Jun 20 2018

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I read it all in one sitting — the book went by so fast that I was finished by lunchtime...Nor did I understand the point of the Boyfriend Bracket. Which wouldn't have been a big deal, if it hadn't been the title of the book. I loved Stella and Will's story. I only wish that it had just been Stella and Will's story!

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 20 2018

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I was satisfied that her reasons were sound, thought out and had been considered. The execution of her plan changes her more but by the end of the book, Etta had thawed, had healed and as the epilogue showed had finally moved forward with her life, freed in at least a small way, from her past.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 19 2018

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...lilting descriptions of his road trip itself – at its best, the book puts you in mind of the immersive nature writing of a Roger Deakin, say. And along the way, he provides an insider’s account of the troubled history between the settled population and that way of life which has always seemed, to some, to threaten it.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 19 2018

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With its minimal development, Crudo perhaps feels a little thin after the satisfying thickness of Laing’s non-fiction...It is story...that pegs open the space of fiction, gives it room to breathe. In Crudo her triumph, rather, is rendering on the page the texture of a very contemporary sensibility.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 29 2018

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This book will charm people who either didn't know — from earlier books like Amy Hatkoff's The Inner World of Farm Animals or from widely shared information by activists at rescue sanctuaries — that farmed animals think and feel, or who want to lap up more evidence that they do.

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 17 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

Rating Above average

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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In this wide-ranging and fascinating study, music historian Ted Gioia examines the surprisingly ancient and diverse origins of the love song and its enduring power over us.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 21 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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The doctor who was observing Dillal throughout his integration with his implants was an awesome character. The book is not a light read and does not really have humorous moments, but the doctor did provide at least some well needed snark.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 20 2018

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Although this book feels like a more straightforward departure from Nors’ dark fables and experimental novellas, we’ll be lucky when new translations come in.

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 19 2018

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We might be rich or poor, young or old, fast or slow — but we each have a voice. To what end do we use it? The possibilities are haunting, and so is Crace's message, around which he has invented an entire world: We are only as meaningful as the help we give to others.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 19 2018

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The information she obtained could easily have come direct from her client. In the scope of the entire book, it was a little thing. But ethics matter and it bugged me. A lot. If Rebecca had behaved ethically at the start, I’d probably have rated the story a B+.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jun 18 2018

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That tendency to reassure his readers is further evidence that the warning he's offering in Planet Funny offers is just that ... offered. Another writer might have issued a clarion call, but Jennings is content to squeeze, gently, a whoopie cushion.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 18 2018

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This is a gooseflesh-inducing account of the dysfunctional world of fun, where everyone is having it very large indeed, until it all goes Pete Tong.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jun 17 2018

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