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Prince of Fools

One of my favourite reads so far this year and highly recommended.

The Body in the Woods

I just can’t recommend this book to anyone. It does move fast so I can see why some readers would find it a quick read but the characterization left much to be desired.

The One & Only

The One & Only was a strong story and while it had things that other people didn't agree with, those things didn't bother me as much. I'm always glad to discuss it with anyone who is interested!

The Secret Life of Violet Grant

Beatriz is one of those authors who is excellent at developing characters. Vivian cracked me up with her dry sense of humor and witty one-liners.

Hard Choices

Hard Choices is a big improvement on Living History, an account of Clinton’s time as first lady so saccharine it should have won an award for services to dentistry.

Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush

Like the captain, like the crew, like the ship, Dyer's superb book constantly reiterates its excellence. It virtually stands to attention on its own.

The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion

Invisibles nevertheless contains a strong message about the importance of teamwork, conscientiousness and collaboration.

Everything Is Wonderful: Memories of a Collective Farm in Estonia

In Everything is Wonderful she evokes the spirit of a lost Baltic community and, in so doing, has written a rather beautiful book.

The Quick

The Quick is an excellent modern-day example of an old-fashioned horror story where the setting and character development are just as important as the plot.

The Book of Unknown Americans

“The Book of Unknown Americans” is a deeply stirring story about a budding romance between two unlikely lovers, but it is also a ringing paean to love in general.

Flying Shoes

“Flying Shoes”offers a well-done portrait of a girl who survived a horrific tragedy and emerged in middle age with her empathy, sense of generosity and ability to forgive intact.

The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

Mr. Birmingham performs a service in so thoroughly reanimating this material.

Everything Leads to You

[A] beautifully written novel in which its teenage characters interrogate themselves and each other about the best practices in finding satisfaction and joy in work, creativity, friendship and love.

Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves

"Deep" is a romantic, urgent gesture.

The Silkworm

Rowling is extraordinarily good at filling her mystery with fleshed-out characters.

Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture

None of the ideas outlined in Radical Cities solve all the problems but together they present an intriguing picture of an activist urbanism and architecture that has made a real difference.

No Country: A Novel

It creates a tragic, poetic vision of lost brothers, missing children, and lovers parted.

The Orenda

Just as vivid, the prose this time around feels highly controlled, more precise and chiseled.

The Matchmaker

Beach reading with an unsettling edge.