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The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World

Solid research and intriguing patterns make for a worthy, if sometimes difficult read.

It Doesn't Have to Be That Way

Practical and constructive information on breaking up a marriage.

Dear Lupin
Kirkus Reviews : Dear Lupin (October 02, 2013)

Entertaining letters that reflect genuine concern and love despite the rarely taken advice.

Never Come Back

It's not to say that there wasn't anything enjoyable or intriguing about Bell's latest. Obviously I was hooked enough to keep reading. It's simply that the bar is set a bit high when it comes to stories like these for me.

The Circle

I’m not worried about giving away the end of “The Circle” because we’re already living it. There may come a day when we can look back at this novel with incredulity, but for now, the mirror it holds up is too chilling to LOL.

The Maid's Version: A Novel

A bildungsroman wrapped inside a detective puzzle, tracing the odyssey of a town and a family across three generations, “The Maid’s Version” affirms Daniel Woodrell’s unique niche in American literature.

The Kraus Project

Mr. Franzen’s fumbling, his biting off more than he can reasonably chew, makes you turn against him even when you agree with him.

A Thousand Pardons: A Novel

For all its keen insight and fast-paced writing, the book is ultimately weakened by its own identity crisis. And given its potential, that is something for the reader to feel sorry about.

The Signature of All Things: A Novel

If life is reasonable — if the natural, Darwinian order is for strength to prevail and grit to triumph — then Alma will find love after all. And Gilbert will be lauded for following a runaway bestseller with a radiant novel.

Thank You for Your Service

The stories of the soldiers and their families portrayed in “Thank You for Your Service” possess a visceral and deeply affecting power on their own that will haunt readers long after they have finished this book.

The Outcasts: A Novel

There is so much to gush about in this novel, I don’t know where to begin. The characterization is stupendous, the plot magnificent, the characters inter-connected, the creativity superb!

Bleeding Edge

If television usurped postmodern irony, the Internet has certainly inherited its paranoia, and Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge endeavors to subtly subvert this virtual creep.

The Kraus Project

Whether or not we’re being forced to join the new game is part of what The Kraus Project wrestles with. If it turns out that we are, this brave book may help readers articulate, for themselves and for others, how they’ll play it.

The Night Guest

This book is at once a beautifully imagined portrait of isolation and an unsettling psychological thriller.

Silencing Eve

It’s the age-old story, but it’s told with solid suspense and finesse.

Jim Henson: The Biography

For all its comprehensiveness, Jim Henson: The Biography can only go so deep into certain corners of Henson’s work.

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

David And Goliath feels like one of Gladwell’s New Yorker articles stretched past his limit. Unfortunately, the book proves Steven Pinker right: Gladwell should stick to shorter works.

The Lowland

This is a contemporary novel only in the sense that it knows the brisk economy of the screenplay, or the efficient design of an Apple product.