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The Shadow Catchers
3.80

If his debut novel is representative of books to come, Thomas Lakeman, a professor at the University of South Alabama, shows great promise as a new vo

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The Thin Place
3.26

The thin place is a Celtic term used to describe the diaphanous realm where the spiritual and physical worlds combine. In her lyrically brilliant sixt

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill
3.63

Reviewers with scientific training have no kind words for The Murderer Next Door. The author's investiture in the controversial field of evolutionary

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Elements of Style
3.00

Critics felt traitorous calling Wendy Wasserstein's debut novel, published so soon after her death, a bit of a disappointment, but many agreed that wh

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Small Crimes
3.68
Published as a paperback original, Small Crimes just might be a small
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Jan 08, 2009
 
The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It
3.88

Big Pharma "is taking us for a ride," Angell contends. "And there will be no real reform without an aroused and determined public to make it happen."

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Feb 05, 2009
 
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories
3.86

With a Plimpton Prize and publications in the New Yorker and Paris Review, Li has found her natural medium: writing stories in her nonnative English.

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima
4.19

Readers won't mind that this book offers nothing new about a subject that has been thoroughly examined. Preston's what-if scenarios are as fascinating

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
3.75

A. J. Jacobs, an editor at large for Esquire and author of the best-selling The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Be the Smartest Person in the W

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon - and the Journey of a Generation
3.69

How critics received Girls Like Us depended, in part, on how much they embraced or related to the 1960s; the dedication

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Riding Toward Everywhere
3.51

Vollmann has spent a good deal of time in some rough places

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Poor People
3.66

William T. Vollmann is an erudite, complex writer. Most recently, he explored 20th-century authoritarianism in the National Book Award?winning Europe

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present
3.79

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
 
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
3.79
With the exception of the New York Times Book Review, which panned the story of Harold and Erica as well as Brooks’s conclusions, most critics deemed ...more
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Apr 06, 2011
 
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
3.67

It's hard not to admire Thomas Friedman's reporting, even if it sometimes feels like a sales pitch. That's why those who agree with Friedman's analysi

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The Law of Dreams
3.78

Peter Behrens, a screenwriter and author of the story collection Night Driving, characterizes a boy surviving the Great Famine as a modern-day Odysseu

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Shalimar the Clown
3.84

Like some of the post-9/11 literature, Shalimar delves deep into the roots of terrorism and explores the turmoil generated by different faiths and cul

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror
3.79

Anonymous author of 2002's Through Our Enemies' Eyes headed the CIA's bin Laden unit between 1996 and 1999, but has little to say about his experience

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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
 
The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat
3.61

Poor Bob Woodward. He is the nation's most famous investigative reporter, and he gets scooped on the story he's been prepared to tell for 30 years__th

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe
4.12

Singh, a British physicist and author of Fermat's Enigma and The Code Book, knows how to popularize science. Big Bang, written with a nod to Carl Saga

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Saturday
3.59

As McEwan writers, "When anything can happen, everything matters." Saturday magnifies a pivotal moment in history and a day in a man's life as secure

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Say You're One of Them
3.46

Hailed as "a major literary debut" (San Diego Union-Tribune) and "brilliant" (USA Today), Uwem Akpan's collection Say You're One of Them fulfills the

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times
3.88

Critics agree that even though there's mild interest in the life of President Andrew Jackson, the author who could spark a forest fire of curiosity wo

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Happiness: Lessons from a New Science
3.56

Reviewers agree that Layard, a leading British economist and well-known government advisor, raises fundamentally important questions that we all tend

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Feb 05, 2009
 
What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848
4.09

Both academics and lay readers praised What Hath God Wrought, but they appreciated it for different reasons. It is certainly an exhaustively researche

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Dangerous Laughter
3.81

Pulitzer Prize

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Nixonland: America's Second Civil War and the Divisive Legacy of Richard Nixon 1965-72
4.09

Perlstein's writing earned high marks from almost all critics; even the conservative columnist George Will, whose review in the New York Times was at

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Thirteen Moons
3.62

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
 
Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941
4.02

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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