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Kirkus Reviews : Warlord (November 14, 2013)

A fast-paced and exciting story unsuitable for the squeamish.

Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products
Kirkus Reviews : Jony Ive (November 14, 2013)

An adulating biography of Apple’s left-brained wunderkind, whose work continues to revolutionize modern technology.

The Goldfinch: A Novel

Donna Tartt’s prose is, as ever, sublimely elegant and lyrical, particularly in the rendering of location.

Kirkus Reviews : Fiddlehead (November 14, 2013)

A rousing finale, far more convincing than its rather too zombified predecessor—one that almost lives up to the extravagant praise this series has received in some quarters.

A Christmas Hope
Kirkus Reviews : A Christmas Hope (November 14, 2013)

Though there’s precious little mystery here, there’s considerable pleasure to be had in watching Perry, on her annual sabbatical from her cumbersomely virtuous anatomies of Victorian social mores (Acceptable Loss, 2012, etc.), manage Claudine’s nimble cut-and-thrust conversations with young people, society hostesses and her own husband.

Kirkus Reviews : Dust (November 14, 2013)

The takeaway? “People still suck.” Yes, they do, and they do very bad things to each other. Stay tuned.

Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture

Goodyear’s exploration of this engrossing and morally complex topic provides a solid footing for hearty conversations.

A History of the World in 12 Maps

A dense and scholarly but rewarding journey for the intellectually intrepid.

This Wicked Game
Kirkus Reviews : This Wicked Game (November 14, 2013)

Fans of the paranormal, sure to be spellbound by this tale of revenge and teen rebellion, will hope Zink conjures up a sequel.

A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940

“A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True, 1907-1940” is not about the actress alone. It’s bigger and splashier.

At Night We Walk in Circles: A Novel

The tension of the two narratives makes the book compulsively readable, but the profundity of its themes and the subtlety with which Alarcón expresses them makes the book unforgettable.


Throw in drugs, organized crime, and corruption, and you've got another entertaining novel by Patricia Cornwell.

The Raven's Eye

That’s what always makes Maitland’s series so compelling, the push and pull between the modern ways of policing, with increasingly complex surveillance equipment.

The Goldfinch: A Novel

Altogether a masterly work of fiction well worth waiting for.

Stella Bain

Still a good read, Stella Bain suffers from what many novels in the past several years have – a promising introduction but a less-than-stellar fulfillment of its early potential.

Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City

Mr. Shorto ultimately concludes that Amsterdam, despite its spectacular history, is a relatively “poky” place in today’s era of global expansion.

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

"The Everything Store" does offer absorbing management insights, and any businessperson will go to school on Bezos' well-documented negotiation tactics.

Thank You for Your Service

"Thank You for Your Service" should make you ask hard questions and see things you'd rather not. Don't avert your eyes.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Ann Patchett’s new book, her ninth in the past two decades [...] is a grab-bag, a collection of miscellaneous nonfiction about various matters, all of them revolving around herself.

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

We may know about Jane Franklin only because of her famous brother, but he is not why she matters.