Admittedly, there are moments where The Paper Lovers teeters close to chronicling the self-inflicted first-world problems of the middle classes. But the way in which Woodward navigates these choppy waters is engrossing, if not always evenly handled.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 08 2018

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There have been some excellent footslog memoirs in recent years, including Nick Hunt’s Walking the Woods and the Water, and Where the Wild Winds Are, but none describing as marathon a trek as Stagg’s. He’s engagingly honest about the boredom he feels in transit and on overnight stops...

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 07 2018

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How far you take to My Year of Rest and Relaxation may depend on how entertaining you find this kind of caustic sociological taxonomy.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Jul 22 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

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Reviewed on Jul 05 2018

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What a fine ear Markovits has for the way people talk. His dialogue put me in mind of David Mamet’s remark that modern US drama is mainly about people not talking to each other. One by one, the Essingers come under fire, but they counter with deft defensive tactics.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 04 2018

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This tight novel, made up of 10 parts and 65 compact chapters, employs a non-linear narrative, moving between England in 1936 and the Dominican childhood of Gwendolen, his protagonist, with forays into the intervening years. There is no shortage of biographical material on Rhys.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Jul 27 2018

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There are other new books about the El Faro’s sinking...But Slade’s book devotes the most time to the Coast Guard inquiry, and this sets “Into the Raging Sea” apart.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 03 2018

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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

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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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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

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Reviewed on Jun 27 2018

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The writing will appeal to readers who like their historicals to sound historical, but character's point of view is pleasantly modern...which means less time on ridiculous, manufactured dilemmas and more time getting to happy ever after.

NPR

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Reviewed on Jul 08 2018

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...there is a grim power to this novel, and to Phillips’s remorseless scrutiny of her poor characters. The Beautiful Bureaucrat is a fascinating and gruelling portrait of extreme capitalism and the degradation of ordinary lives.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 06 2018

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It was the illusion of permanence, of the one stable self. But The Cost of Living is the story of an exchange, not a loss. Levy gives up her calm family home, and in return, she gets all the frantic outdoor transit of the world. She becomes a woman with leaves in her hair, a woman who is, as her neighbor puts it, busy busy busy.

NPR

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Reviewed on Jul 14 2018

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...I wish I could sit down with you over a couple beers and talk about The Cabin. Maybe it would let me sleep better. Because to discuss something like this is to defuse it a little. It takes a bit of the edge off when a collective gathers to say, No, it's okay.

NPR

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Reviewed on Jul 04 2018

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It’s more than tweets and soundbites; these pages reveal young leaders as human...In fact, I’m recommending “#NeverAgain” as a conversation starter for book groups or student clubs.

LA Times

Rating Excellent

Reviewed on Jul 04 2018

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Brilliantly constructed, “The Shades” is ghostly and alive, cerebral and sensuous, an absolutely riveting read.

LA Times

Rating Excellent

Reviewed on Jul 18 2018

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White’s book is a collection of essays, each connecting the seemingly thousands of books he has read – I find it impossible to imagine anyone better read than White, though with typical modesty he insists he knows lots of people who are...

Guardian

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Reviewed on Jul 02 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

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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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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

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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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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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