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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.


Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

Like “Beowulf,” “Kansas City Lightning” begins in medias res, at an important gig. And like “Beowulf,” it contains a monster: drug addiction. Parker’s Grendel, as we’ll discover if Mr. Crouch delivers a second book, cut him down in his prime.


The Goldfinch: A Novel

Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.


We Are Water

We Are Water is a beautifully wrought and timeless story of the ties that bind and break.


Cartwheel: A Novel

I love the fact that the story is told through a variety of points of view. It forces the reader to constantly reconsider any ideas they have about Lily and the crime.


Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

We have a much-hyped novel that, sadly, is more retro than relevant.


Firefly

Janette Jenkins’s book is both quietly witty and remarkable in portraying the slipping away of mind and body that comes with old age.