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Hillbilly Elegy

It started out strong but I think he simplifies the ease with which one can overcome the hardships faced by that milieu.

The Uninvited

Interesting but I liked her most recent novel much more.

Hillbilly Elegy

Readers looking to understand the class fault lines within white America will be enlightened by Vance’s narrative of class mobility, but as a guide to the new political terrain Hillbilly Elegy is uneven, and frustratingly silent about the writer’s real commitments.

Testimony: A Memoir

Even seen through Robertson’s eyes, and even taking into account the glorious work they did together half a century ago, the tale is a kind of tragedy, in terms of lives damaged and music lost.

Bertrand Court

Fortunately for us, though, Brafman has taken the leap of trusting us with this carefully crafted set of stories. There is something to appreciate on nearly every page.

Pull Me Under

Pull Me Under is a heart-wrenching, devastating read, in part because all of us, at least in some small way, possess a “black organ”—a sense of darkness threatening to make itself known.


Moonglow is a novel about faith in storytelling itself.

The Red Car: A Novel

With honesty and humor, The Red Car leads us to ask if we aren’t all just a little un-cherry.

33 Revolutions

In 33 Revolutions, there is at least the hope of escape. The USA—an unknown quantity, and perhaps as much of a fiction as Cuba—isn’t far, just a short, dangerous trip across choppy waters. There’s hope in that.

George Lucas: A Life

George Lucas reads like Jones doesn’t want to offend George Lucas. His research should have told him: There’s power in embracing the dark side.

The Wood for the Trees: One Man's Long View of Nature

An eloquent, eccentric, and precise nature memoir.

Against Empathy

Although the protagonist’s misery is understandable, it’s still a relief when she finally starts rising above it. If only she could do the same with the awkward plot.

Against Empathy

“Against Empathy” covers a great deal of ticklish turf, from neuroscience to political science, from Jesus Christ to Adolf Hitler. But the most emotionally resonant for me was his chapter about empathy in intimate relationships.


Oz pitches the book’s heartbreak and humanism perfectly from first page to last, as befits a writer who understands how vital a political role a novelist can play.

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

The best of these stories are a revelation. Ms. Collins had a gift for illuminating what the critic Albert Murray called the “black intramural class struggle,” and two or three of her stories are so sensitive and sharp and political and sexy I suspect they will be widely anthologized.

Searching for John Hughes

Diamond’s tragicomic memoir attempts to offer readers some important life lessons, but falls short with its self-pity and solipsism.

Lies of the Land
Kirkus Reviews : Lies of the Land (December 06, 2016)

Glasgow is as much a character—and as contradictory a mix of light and dark—as Dolan’s very human heroine in this complex sequel to Potter’s Field (2015).