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The Republic of Thieves

Despite feeling the novel could use some trimming here and there, I thoroughly enjoyed it; it was fun and great entertainment.


Blackout

Blackout was just a miss for me personally.


The Double

From where I sit, Pelecanos gets it all just right, and that he tells a hell of a good story is just very nice icing on a very tasty cake.


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

This is a book that should be read not only for its vivid drama but for its urgent message about the untapped power of girls.


Longbourn

Neither a sequel nor a disappointment, it’s an affecting look at the world of “Pride and Prejudice,” but from another point of view — the servants’ hall, where other lives are simultaneously lived, with very different concerns and dramas.


Cartwheel: A Novel

The writing in “Cartwheel” is a pleasure — electric, fine-tuned, intelligent, conflicted. The novel is engrossing, and its portraiture hits delightfully and necessarily close to home.


David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Maybe what “David and Goliath” really illustrates is that it’s time for Malcolm Gladwell to find a new shtick.


Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

Perhaps motivated by the urgency of his theme, or frustration over the intransigence of the problem, Weisman abandons subtlety in favor of making his message — we need to slow our rate of procreation, if we want to survive — explicitly and didactically in every chapter.


Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Bridget’s story, in this latest and perhaps last installment, is beginning to sound like historical fiction.


The Infatuations

If conventional mysteries normally conclude with retribution and atonement, Marías' storytelling in "The Infatuations" remains a far more ambivalent space, a narrative realm where a story of murder is not necessarily a tale of crime and punishment.


Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography

The deep pleasures of such a book defy the usual capsule account.


Nine Inches

Perrotta’s not merely taking shots at suburban malaise. He’s showing us the way out.


David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

David and Goliath again showcases Gladwell’s facility as an engaging if transparently manipulative storyteller.


Longbourn

Many readers will turn the last page of Longbourn and agree that it was not at all as anticipated, but far, far better.


Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography

For him, spirituality is not some isolated aspect of existence, distinct from secular experience; it is, instead, inextricable from the secular, a way of moving through, of being in, the world.


The Double

For Pelecanos, we are all just people, desperate to find a way through the murk of existence, investigator and criminal, perpetrator and victim, two sides of an irreconcilable coin.


Doomed
Publishers Weekly : Doomed (October 11, 2013)

While Palahniuk’s fans will surely be pleased, the books reads like a YA novel from hell whose threadbare premise only sporadically entertains.


How to Read a Novelist

These intimate and thoughtful sketches are supplementary pieces to that transcendent work.


Perv

“Perv” is a book of ideas, but its author is more given to flitting and joking than to deliberating — he takes us only halfway toward the fascinating places he promises to go.


The Circle

what I love most about The Circle is that it is telling us so much about the impact of the computer age on human beings in the only form that can do so with the requisite wit, interiority and profundity: the novel.