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Believer: My Forty Years in Politics

Even the throwaway anecdotes in “Believer” are revealing.


Cold War

Cold War’s assault of facts, bar-brawl play-by-plays and criminal nicknames (“Sasquatch,” “The Chess Player,” “Tony,” etc.) reads more like a series of bound-together Wikipedia entries. Worse than making Canadian crime seem sensational or glamorous, Cold War makes it seem altogether boring.


The Hunger of the Wolf: A Novel

Marche has cultivated a high level of antecedents for the novel, and The Hunger of the Wolf largely rises to meet them.


The Marauders: A Novel

No matter what happens the journey of reading The Marauders is one you are certainly going to want to buy a ticket for. I hear the shrimp cocktail is amazing!


Love by the Book: A Novel

The concept behind Melissa Pimentel's debut is charming and quite funny.


The First Bad Man: A Novel

The novel isn’t perfect, but its imperfections, in general, add to its appeal since we’re constantly kept off guard. There is a full-circle finale that almost harms the book but is easily ignored.


A Spool of Blue Thread: A novel

It recycles virtually every theme and major plot point she has used in the past and does so in the most perfunctory manner imaginable.


How to be a Husband

Tongue-in-cheek observations on married life coupled with poignant moments of true love and grief.


Prudence: A Novel

A self-assured, absorbing story with a grim arc that moves from bad to worse as Treuer explores the darkness at our cores.


The Tutor: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : The Tutor (February 05, 2015)

An elegant entertainment and an impressive debut.


The Age of Miracles

All in all, I thought The Age of Miracles is a great book, and I hope Karen does more of these books, as everything in The Age of Miracles is amazing!


Huck Finn's America: Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece

The book, though familiarly cast as a fable about youth or racial progress, is, in fact, a brutal story about vulnerability, abuse and violence (some 13 bodies are very imaginatively dispatched) and a more deeply conflicted book about race than most readers realize.


Prudence: A Novel

A novel that's at once both blunt and hushed in tone, wielding a sledgehammer while walking on tiptoes.


Trigger Warning

There is stuff in here that'll mess with you, he's saying. Stuff that'll hang with you long after the bare few pages describing it have been turned, torn out, dog-eared or forgotten.


So Anyway

If you’re a fan, and again, you know who you are — you ought to read this book.


Outline
New Republic : Mommy Meanest (February 03, 2015)

Funny, sharp, well-constructed.


Selected Letters of Langston Hughes: Edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel

“Selected Letters of Langston Hughes” is a beautifully made book, carefully edited. The footnotes, by Mr. Rampersad and David Roessel, are so incisive that they’re nearly a book of their own. Your eye flickers toward them, the way it does to the simultaneous translation tickers at the opera, lest you miss something vital.