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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

The book is remarkable not only because it is appalling that in the nation founded on principles of “liberty and justice for all” we have such a broken system, but also because the tireless work Stevenson and his colleagues do and the injustices they attempt to right both go largely unnoticed.

Let Me Be Frank With You

When all’s said and done, it’s still Frank. It’s still Richard Ford. And it’s always a pleasure.

Zoom: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves

Although I like to think I’m well-informed about the history of science and current cosmological theory, I learned a number of new things here, and they were conveyed with the fluent immediacy of a writer skilled at boiling complicated concepts down into easily understandable sentences served straight.

Ugly Girls

This is not a heartwarming tale about the transcendent power of female friendship. It’s a lesson that sometimes the odds are stacked so high against women that their friendship doesn’t stand a chance.

Breakfast at Sotheby's: An A-Z of the Art World

Even those who don’t know much about art will find lots to like here.

Not My Father's Son
The Observer : Damian Barr (November 16, 2014)

Cumming recalls all the drama of a childhood spent in fear of paternal rages and beatings but he’s no drama queen and this is not a pity party.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life

There are times when this book comes across as a little stiff and formal. However, one is left with the impression of Loren as a caring, complex, grounded character, a woman who decided to be a real person, almost in defiance of her great beauty.

Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop

This superlative book tempts us to listen more closely to the music itself, with greater understanding of factors from the economic to the emotional that shaped it.

This is the Water

Whenever the pace of the novel feels poised to accelerate, Murphy inserts ten completely dispensable pages of miscellaneous observations about swimming or life or things in general.

On Immunity

But this big-minded book seeks to prime our defenses against a response that might, in the big picture, run contrary to our own self-interest, even our own health.

In the Light of What We Know

Zafar’s journey is immense, his voice by turns philosophical, dry, dodgy.

Something Rich and Strange

Each and all of the selections in this volume should be savored slowly and reread. And if someone is looking to make a dramatic television anthology of one-episode stories, there are 34 here with which you can start.

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

Paper Love paints itself as a love story, a tragedy, and a singular experience of a terrifying period. It is all of those things, but what is most important to remember...is that it is the vestiges of a life, edited by a stranger.

Private India: City on Fire

The book’s beating heart is a murder mystery that’s puzzling and intriguing, but the star is Mumbai itself, a city of social, cultural and financial contrasts.... Whether you regard yourself as a Private completist or a first-time visitor to this far- and wide-ranging series, CITY ON FIRE rewards.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride

The book works on two levels --- giving the movie fan a special look into this treasured film and offering a brand-new take on a classic story that will help new generations discover and fall in love with it again.

Want You Dead

Want You Dead is a thrilling page-turner from start to finish, accessible to new readers, but satisfying to those already familiar with its world.

Hold the Dark: A Novel

Hold the Dark is a mystery novel with all the right ingredients: tough characters, beautifully dangerous landscapes, revenge, a detective on the chase, a husband going after his wife, and enough bullet casings to rattle in the mind long after the story is finished.

The Sphinx: Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II
Kirkus Reviews : The Sphinx (November 10, 2014)

Though presented with a pro-Roosevelt tilt, this is history solidly researched and engagingly written. However, it is well-surveyed territory, and the author brings little genuinely new to the discussion.

The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History

Despite the author’s drifts into hagiography and occasionally contrived prose (“his dentition was assisted by artifice”), reading about Churchill is always a delight, and Johnson is an accomplished, accessible writer.

Watch Me: A Memoir
Kirkus Reviews : Watch Me (November 17, 2014)

Amid the fluff and the flutter are some true passion and pain.