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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
4.22

Naomi Klein offers an antidote to those who herald globalization as the great equalizer of nations. The author of No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bul

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The Tree Bride
3.14

Born to a wealthy Calcutta family, Mukherjee lived in Britain as a child and is now a professor at U.C. Berkeley. Her life of migration and assimilati

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Life Class
3.42

It's unsurprising that critics in the U.S. and U.K. compared Life Class to Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy (Regeneration, 1990; The Eye in the Door,

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Feb 05, 2009
 
American Wife
3.69

While critics couldn't say for sure whether or not Sittenfeld captures the exact thoughts of Laura Bush, they did agree that she creates a realistic a

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Beautiful Maria of My Soul
3.26
Though Beautiful Maria of My Soul may not match the emotional depth of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, critics generally considered Hijuelos's new...more
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Aug 22, 2010
 
The Theory of Clouds
3.28

French film historian St

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Proust Was a Neuroscientist
3.83

Jonah Lehrer, a Rhodes scholar working in the lab of a Nobel Prize

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
3.84
The individual accounts of hoarders in Stuff are a parade of stifled lives, failed marriages, estranged , personal agony, notes the familiesWall Stree...more
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Jun 16, 2010
 
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
3.86

By examining our words, we can learn a lot about who we are. So argues Harvard academic and popular science writer Steven Pinker in The Stuff of Thoug

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Heyday
3.48

Kurt Andersen is best known for his previous novel (the irreverent, postmillennial Turn of the Century), his role as cofounder and editor of the now-d

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird
3.97

Contributing editor to Outside magazine and author Bruce Barcott (The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier [1997]) has constructe

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Out of Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China
4.09

"What freedom the Chinese people now enjoy has come only because individuals have demanded and fought for it, and because the party has retreated in t

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present
3.80

Overclocked bears witness to Cory Doctorow's strong presence on the Internet and immersion in that subculture. With the stories (all previously publis

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Feb 05, 2009
 
War
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In his harrowing portrait of U.S. soldiers abroad, Junger doesn't discuss the theoretical nature of war or analyze current congressional policies. Ins...more
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Jun 16, 2010
 
World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)
4.19

The sequel to Ken Follett's best-selling Pillars of the Earth (1989) is equally compelling

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Freedom
3.68
The Big Theme: Freedom--or Darwinian Survival?
"One of the ways of surrendering freedom is to actually have convictions," Franzen told Time magazine (8...more
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Oct 11, 2010
 
The Given Day (Coughlin #1)
3.99

Lehane illustrates impressive versatility at crossing genres in this grand historical novel. Still, while the most enthusiastic reviewers compared Giv

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
3.60

Critics roundly applaud Kim Edwards's debut novel, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, which plays into one of our largest fears: What happens when a baby i

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Feb 05, 2009
 
C
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Even with a good deal of mainstream attention for his third novel, C, Tom McCarthy is still something of a fringe writer. That's by choice, and not ne...more
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Oct 11, 2010
 
The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
4.01

If you've already written God's biography (A History of God), surely it's a cakewalk to tackle the era before His ascendancy in theological affairs. B

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The Monsters of Templeton
3.57

Based on the works of James Fenimore Cooper

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The Sorrows of an American
3.49

Critics were impressed by Hustvedt's last novel, What I Loved (2003), and enjoyed The Sorrows of an American for the same reasons. The author creates

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945
4.23

Drawing on untapped Russian archives, Hastings (a former war correspondent and leading military historian) rethinks the final year of World War II in

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Birds Without Wings
4.14

The ten years since the runaway success of De Berni_

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11
3.82

As the debate over who did what in the buildup to the war in Iraq moves from newspapers' front pages into history books, former Wall Street Journal w

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Lush Life
3.67

Richard Price deftly explores the urban world in his novels and screenwriting (Clockers, Freedomland, Samaritan, **1/2 Mar/Apr 2003, and HBO's The Wir

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Swing: A Mystery
3.62

Holmes's Broadway musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood, for which he wrote the book, lyrics, and score, won five Tony Awards. Strangely, no fuss was mad

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Super Sad True Love Story
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If we are indeed as oversexed, consumer-obsessed, gadget-distracted and dangerously superficial as Gary Shteyngart paints us in his exuberant and deva...more
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Aug 22, 2010
 
Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941
3.98

In Fateful Choices, Ian Kershaw, professor of history at England's University of Sheffield and author of multiple volumes on Hitler, including the acc

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Thirteen Moons
3.60

Critics voiced great expectations for Thirteen Moons, coming nearly ten years after Charles Frazier's National Book Award-winning Cold Mountain (1997)

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Feb 05, 2009
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