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Ape House
3.45
Overall, critics considered Ape House a dissatisfying follow-up to Water for Elephants. With its evocative Depression-era setting and unforgettable ch ...more
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Oct 11, 2010
 
Restless: A Novel
3.82

Every critic agrees that William Boyd is a shamefully overlooked author on this side of the Atlantic. A powerful storyteller whose novels span genres

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Cutting for Stone
4.27

One might envy Abraham Verghese, who makes the transition from essayist to novelist look easier than it should be. Cutting for Stone will remind reade

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Apr 15, 2009
 
Invisible
3.69
Invisible contains many of the hallmarks of Auster's trade: formal literary devices and stylistic high jinks, psychological depth, elegant prose, and ...more
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Dec 02, 2009
 
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
4.20
While he breaks no new ground, Sides succeeds in bringing these two contradictory men and their troubled era vividly to life. Meticulously researched ...more
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Jun 16, 2010
 
The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1)
4.10

The Lincoln Lawyer, a legal thriller, departs both in character and genre from Connelly's crime-fiction series starring Harry Bosch. As it turns out,

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Sharp Objects
3.89

Critics agree that Gillian Flynn's psychological thriller and murder mystery is a far more sophisticated offering than a debut novel has any right to

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession
2.40
So if you enjoyed Julie & Julia, you shouldn't spoil that experience by reading this book--or even the rest of this review. Cleaving aspires to bo ...more
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Feb 08, 2010
 
One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets
3.59

A decade ago in Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man, noted black scholar Henry Louis Gates wrote an unflattering portrait of Anatole Broyard and h

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Mao: The Unknown Story
3.78

Chang, who was born in China in 1952 and left for Britain in 1978, recounted her family's suffering under Mao in her award-winning Wild Swans (1991).

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
4.41
Demick's reporting adds an important piece to the puzzle of North Korea, and her work evoked strong emotions in the critics--a high compliment to her ...more
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Feb 08, 2010
 
The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War
3.77
The most lauded aspect of Shephard’s book is his ability to put aside historical hindsight and to see postwar scenarios the way the Allies and others ...more
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Apr 06, 2011
 
This is Where I Leave You
3.87
Compared by critics to Tom Perrotta and Nick Hornby, Jonathan Tropper deftly merges caustic one-liners, zany slapstick, and raw emotion in this hilari ...more
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Oct 03, 2009
 
The Kindly Ones
4.00

Despite being hailed as a new War and Peace in its native France, The Kindly Ones did not fare as well further west, where critics decried it as "Holo

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Apr 15, 2009
 
Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life
3.68

Jong, who has never managed to repeat the success of Fear of Flying, which she penned at the age of 31, offers a memoir whose original intention__to g

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Feb 05, 2009
 
2666
4.19
To say that 2666 is a novel is like calling a Beethoven symphony a collection of songs. If we must, though, this novel in five parts is without doubt ...more
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Jan 08, 2009
 
Deception
3.56

Deception marks a departure from Mina's earlier work, award-winning crime novels set in the dark underbelly of Glasgow. Most critics agree that her us

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Feb 05, 2009
 
A Change in Altitude
3.17
As a young woman, Shreve spent three years working as a journalist in Nairobi, Kenya, and her vivid descriptions clearly show an affection for the Eas ...more
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Dec 02, 2009
 
Under the Dome
3.89
Stephen King. Come for the story, stay for the, well ... stay for the story. Even the most positive reviewers of King's latest doorstop felt compelled ...more
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Dec 02, 2009
 
Cheever
4.17

Most critics felt that Blake Bailey's book was an admirable work of scholarship and approved of his task of encouraging people to read Cheever again.

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Apr 15, 2009
 
The Gates (Samuel Johnson, #1)
3.76
Critics compared John Connolly to two first-rate children's authors (Eoin Colfer and Madeline L'Engle) and two great satirists (Terry Pratchett and Do ...more
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Dec 02, 2009
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.01
What's not to like? was the general consensus among reviewers, who found Cronin's massive tome excessively entertaining. In a startling departure from ...more
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Aug 22, 2010
 
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
3.98
Most reviewers thoroughly enjoyed their immersion in Harkness’s rich, new world, calling it pure, escapist fun. They also described the fiction debut ...more
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Apr 06, 2011
 
The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire, #1)
4.13

The Cold Dish, a multilayered whodunit mystery, stands out in its genre. Shades of racism, mysticism, and revenge give the novel nuance; dead-on dialo

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
3.97

The author of several works on nautical history and a maritime mystery series, Joan Druett is a knowledgeable, entertaining tour guide through the sea

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel
4.05

Kaku (Parallel Worlds, Beyond Einstein, Hyperspace) introduces complex theories of physics to general readers. As The Economist notes, Kaku "makes a g

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century
3.90

Most reviewers were extremely impressed by The Bin Ladens and found it much more than a supplement to the array of existing Osama biographies. They pr

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine
3.45

Benjamin Wallace's magazine background helps him keep the many narrative threads in The Billionaire's Vinegar tight and engaging. In addition, Wallace

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Hannibal Rising (Hannibal Lecter, #4)
3.40

After the runaway success of Red Dragon (1981) and The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal profoundly disappointed both literary and film critics, not to m

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Feb 05, 2009
 
India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
4.32

Historian Ramachandran Guha, the author of Environmentalism: A Global History (1999) and The Unquiet Woods (1989), among others, and a current residen

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Feb 05, 2009
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