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All That Is

Although Salter has never had the fame of, say, Updike or Cheever, he is their equal, at least.

Bring Up the Bodies

It’s the best historical fiction I’ve read for a long time — perhaps ever.

We Need New Names: A Novel

A deeply felt and fiercely written debut novel.

Glamour in Glass

I think fans of Jane Austen and fans of Regency romance will like Glamour, and so will fans of subtle, well-thought out, elegant fantasy.

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher

Take, Burn or Destroy

Another vivid adventure with a tumultuous historical backdrop—not to be missed by fans of pirates and naval strategy or by history buffs.


Being called a firecracker is a derogatory term as far as Astrid is concerned, but for readers, it simply means entertaining.

Giving to the Poor

Still, a fast-paced ride that should appeal to both boys and girls.

Five Summers

In the end, this debut feels long and may not contain enough real substance to appeal to even the most avid of summer-camp fans.

Kirkus Reviews : Rogue (May 16, 2013)

An interesting and somewhat enlightening look at a girl struggling but sometimes making bumpy progress in dealing with Asperger’s.


Like Ifemelu's hairdo, Adichie's novel tightly braids together multiple ideas and storylines. It's a marvel of skilled construction and imagination.

A Delicate Truth: A Novel

This novel and the others like it don't offer anywhere near the pacing, excitement and sense of revelation that made le Carre novels from the '70s and '80s such masterworks.

Rogue Descendant

Rogue Descendant wasn't painful to read by any stretch, but there's no character growth, no romance development, no exploration of the protagonist's abilities, and no particularly revealing information about the world.


If women's liberation means freeing us to be more truly ourselves, we should celebrate a writer like Roche, whose voice is defiantly, shamelessly her own.

Garlic, Mint, and Sweet Basil: Essays on Marseilles, The Mediterranean, and Noir Fiction

Writing crime fiction, says Izzo, is not a form of activism, but "a way of conveying my doubts, my anxieties, my joys, my pleasures". His essays, too, reveal a man of deep feeling and humanity.

The Round House

The Round House is a very well-written book from an obviously mature writer.


In the end, Incarnation was a wonderful, amazing read.

Little Green

This old-new Easy deals with life, death, rebirth and redemption. And he's still here.

Big Brother

All we can do is learn to live with the questions. I cannot imagine those questions being asked more forcefully, passionately, intelligently or kindly than they are in this book.

All That Is

He's a little too loftily impassive, finally, and perhaps a little too interested in creating crystalline verbal beauty, to compel the word "great", at least without strong reservations. But he is amazingly good.