And through all of it, Atkinson is brilliant. Her characters are brilliant. Her command of the back-and-forth narrative, the un-fixedness of memory, the weight that guilt accrues over time and how we carry it is remarkable.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 27 2018

Read Full Review | See more by NPR

Lal’s book is an act of feminist historiography. Beyond its excavation of the achievements of a queen deliberately “effaced from the record”, it usefully portrays Nur Jahan as an imperfect character, though an exceptionally courageous one.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 05 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian

And the drama, whether sparked by rare books, prying strangers or old spirits, is full throated. The villains could have a little more oomph, but LaValle hooks the reader deep into his increasingly eldritch thriller.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 01 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian

In the course of chronicling Mozart's last year, Mr. Robbins Landon pays particular attention to the Requiem and ''The Magic Flute.'' After giving us a succinct summary of the controversies surrounding that opera's inception, he carefully examines its use of Masonic imagery.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 28 2018

Read Full Review | See more by NY Times

It’s a funny but also rather melancholy account of “the horror” and “exquisite joy” of running a bookshop.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 22 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian

In this risky, restlessly mercurial book, she's found a way of turning that philosophy into writing that doesn't just take flight but soars.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Aug 20 2018

Read Full Review | See more by NPR

Even at its most gossipy, the narrative bulges with insight into the musicians whose paths he crossed, from the delicate internal chemistry of Talking Heads and Madonna’s armour-plated ambition to his fruitful encounters with Lou Reed and Brian Wilson late in their careers, before his own career began to wind down in a tangle of boardroom politics.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 18 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian

There is also a delight in words that is wonderful to read, a delicious speed to the prose. Feast Days is not a thriller, but reads a little like one, moving swiftly from one kind of experience to the next with brutal, dazzling effect.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Aug 16 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian

She takes us back to the ground – to all the terrible, fragile, human detail, so that its victims and survivors can be seen as they are, made painfully of flesh and blood.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Aug 10 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian

Deep down Palahniuk is a romantic, in the truest form of the word. Coming up with the alt-right’s favourite term of abuse might have gone to his head. What’s lacking in Adjustment Day is his heart.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 09 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian

All of which makes sense but is just not compelling enough to justify the mystification that precedes it. It would have been preferable had Mr. Schama announced his intentions at the outset, and readers are advised to read the afterword first.

NY Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Aug 08 2018

Read Full Review | See more by NY Times

Handled with less inventive prose, a book like this might feel like a series of Stephen King-ish portraits of small people being horrible. But McGregor’s too inventive a writer not to dazzle and surprise, to create moments that confound and stir.

LA Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 03 2018

Read Full Review | See more by LA Times

But despite the blunders, missteps and excessive plot twists of “Welcome to Lagos,” its dialogue rings true.

NY Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Aug 02 2018

Read Full Review | See more by NY Times

His book is a love letter to the city that many young Indians leave for more successful ones such as Mumbai or Delhi.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 06 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian

But he does bring out just how damaging the results of Israeli influence have been, both in terms of direct harm to American interests and in creating Muslim perceptions of American bias, hostility and hypocrisy...For raising this vital issue, on which so many others are silent, Walt deserves special thanks.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 04 2018

Read Full Review | See more by NY Times

Readers who want to know what happened to Brooks will keep reading to learn how the case against her proceeds, but it's Brooks's questions about why mothers are so judgmental and competitive that give the book its heft.

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 01 2018

Read Full Review | See more by NPR

Although the novel lacks some of the twists and surprises that Slaughter's readers have come to expect and at times feels repetitious and padded, the characters keep you involved all the way, as does the vivid writing.

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 27 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Star Tribune

Still, this isn’t Henry James and doesn’t aspire to be: it’s a rip-roaring beach read about literary life, the fools we make of ourselves in pursuit of love and fame, and the whirligig of time bringing in, as it always does, its revenges.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 23 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian

Indeed, there’s a lot going on in The Great Believers, and while Makkai doesn’t always manage to make all the plates spin perfectly, she remains thoughtful and consistent throughout about the importance of memory and legacy, and the pain that can come with survival.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 20 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian

In meticulous if sometimes too laborious detail, Gabor documents reform’s institutional failings. She describes the sorry turns in New York City’s testing-obsessed policies, the undermining of Michigan’s once fine public schools...

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 17 2018

Read Full Review | See more by NY Times

The best reason not to throw this book out of the window is that, occasionally, Harari writes a paragraph that is genuinely mind-expanding.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 15 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian

...but ultimately, as much as they yearn for it, none of the novel’s central characters really deserve easy absolution. And yet the beautiful writing and nuanced storytelling invites compassion; such is the power of Kwon’s narrative.

LA Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Aug 09 2018

Read Full Review | See more by LA Times

Brown’s profound ability to intermingle private grief with systemic injustice reveals a greater truth: that intergenerational trauma has shaped the very fabric of African American lives.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Aug 08 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian

The book is hard to define; let’s just say that it is a weird social commentary, an exercise in hyperbole, a paean to order and, not least, a celebration of the complex design that goes unnoticed by all who step into the humble convenience store.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 11 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Star Tribune

Gidla’s beautiful book, parts of which are as deeply absorbing as anything I’ve read, comes to this question of self-consciousness and how we think of and express ourselves from different directions.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Aug 02 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian

This whole section is reminiscent of Tyler’s best work, such as Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Unfortunately, the dark edge of Clock Dance’s early pages soon gives way to a much more sentimental narrative.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 18 2018

Read Full Review | See more by Guardian