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Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior may not be Kingsolver’s best — I reserve that position for The Poisonwood Bible — but it is an absorbing read, positioned at the cusp of contemporary concerns about environmental change and its impact on the human domain.


Flight Behavior

"Flight Behavior" has many of the trappings of a work of literary fiction. A strong female protagonist with a complicated recent past, for example, and extended, dreamy descriptions of a shifting natural landscape. But after just a chapter or two, the novel's true purpose becomes clear — it's a Blue State morality tale about Red State people and Red State thinking.


Seeds of Earth

With a very strong opening and an ending that promises a lot more to come in Humanity’s Fire, I found Seeds of Earth to be exactly the book I hoped it would be – a perfect example of Space Opera done extremely well.


There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra

This book fulfills its stated aim "to tell Nigeria's story, Biafra's story, our story, my story" for future generations; it is bound to become required reading, a refreshingly lucid and inspiring textbook.


The Middlesteins: A Novel

Thanks to Attenberg's sure-handed prose, this agile narrative swiftly moves around in time and perspectives, offering a sizable portrait of this extended family's varying successes and failures at forging lasting connections.


Cezanne: A Life

As many voices as there are in "Cézanne: A Life," you feel that there could be many more. The harder you look at the paintings, the more they seem inexhaustible.


Astray

Donoghue has created a restless world of travelers, finders and seekers, as well as a book that is an interactive narrative hybrid, one that gets us lost in other lives, that probes our history, that reveals the artist behind the work and that ultimately shows us something fresh, unsettling and enduring about ourselves.


Flight Behavior

Turns out nature is just as dangerous as man — a bad cold spell can kill the butterflies — and while Dellarobia nervously awaits the end of this long, complicated winter, Kingsolver plucks our emotions with the skill of a virtuoso.


MENNONITE MEETS MR. RIGHT: A Memoir of Faith, Hope, and Love

Janzen writes of her newfound faith like a travel writer discovering an exotic new pocket of the world, and her enthusiasm and spirit and knack for finding humor in the God details make this book a crowd-pleaser.


Hallucinations

Sacks’ descriptions of the types of hallucinations people experience is fascinating and often funny.


Magnificence: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : Magnificence (September 01, 2012)

The deeply honest, beautiful meditations on love, grief and guilt give way to a curlicued comic-romantic mystery complete with a secret basement and assorted eccentrics.


Valley of Ashes

Valley of Ashes is a more than worthy continuation of the series, and Read’s potent, lacerating wit is as on-point as ever.


The Vanishing Point

While the book requires some patience initially as McDermid sets up the elements of her story, the reader’s indulgence is ultimately rewarded as every block is skewered before being knocked over and kicked to the curb.


One for the Books

If you come to this book expecting only Queenan’s rough hilarity, you will be surprised, because there is a bittersweet element to it as well... Queenan peppers the narrative with enough book titles to keep even the most well-read reader busy for the next 30 years.


The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

The Dalhousie novels often are soulful, wise and sometimes humorous ruminations on everyday events. They are seldom page-turners, but in today’s angst-filled world, they offer a serene stroll through calmer pastures.


The Shortest Way Home: A Novel

Full of humorous and tender moments as well as subtle revelations, The Shortest Way Home is a quietly powerful exploration of one man's journey back to himself.


America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

Colbert and his staff are still extraordinarily funny, but in reaching for a middle-of-the-road coffee table humor book, America Again finds the limits of their comedic talent.