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Ape House
3.46
it was ok
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
3.84

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
 
Invisible
3.71
really liked it
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
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.03
really liked it
In simple, straightforward prose, Skloot brings to life the woman unknowingly behind some of the 20th century's greatest medical advancements. In the ...more
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Apr 06, 2010
 
Cutting for Stone
4.28
really liked it

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
 
Serena
3.52
really liked it

In this beautifully written gothic novel, Rash paints an unforgettable portrait of a truly frightening woman, an "Ayn Rand [character] taken to sociop

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Feb 05, 2009
 
One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets
3.60

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
 
I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
3.65

Nora Ephron, best known for her screenplays When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Silkwood and best sellers Heartburn and Crazy Salad, has w

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
4.23
really liked it
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 Narrows (Harry Bosch, #10)
4.09

With a writer of Connelly's popularity, particularly one that works with a regular cast of characters, mixed reviews are to be expected. Each successi

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The Lincoln Lawyer (Harry Bosch Universe, #16)
4.13

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
3.92

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
2.41
it was ok
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
 
The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War
3.85
really liked it
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
 
The Infinities
3.25
liked it
The Infinities replays the myth of Amphitryon, in which Zeus seduces a mortal woman while disguised as her husband. Banville's modern-day retelling, h ...more
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Apr 06, 2010
 
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
3.28
really liked it

It's difficult to tell if critics' reactions to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies should be characterized as praise or astonishment. Some reviewers trea

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Jun 01, 2009
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.04
really liked it
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
 
The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire, #1)
4.14

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
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
4.12

"Traditional without seeming stale, and romantic without being na

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Gilead (Gilead, #1)
3.84

Critics quietly pegged Robinson as a one-hit wonder when she kept anxious fans waiting two decades after publishing her award-winning Housekeeping. Gi

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
4.42
really liked it
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
 
City of Thieves
4.28

Readers have lately been exposed to a great deal of postmodern historical fiction, stories whose focus on the past merely reveals the astigmatism of a

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Mao: The Unknown Story
3.79

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
 
Kafka on the Shore
4.13

Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle) merges Western culture and Japanese history to paint a surreal portrait of two troubled souls searching for__wel

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Feb 05, 2009
 
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
4.31
really liked it
Critics, universally inspired by Half the Sky, used their reviews as an opportunity to take up its message. They praised not only Kristof and WuDunn's ...more
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Oct 03, 2009
 
Bird Cloud
3.08
liked it
Part memoir, part nature journal, part history, and part construction journal, Bird Cloud is, as the Boston Globe sums up, "a strange, disjointed, oft ...more
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Feb 08, 2011
 
Daemon (Daemon, #1)
4.17
really liked it

For now, Daniel Suarez will have to be content with the inevitable comparisons to Michael Crichton and Neal Stephenson; in the publishing world, there

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Feb 05, 2009
 
The Widower's Tale
3.65
liked it
In The Widower's Tale, Glass continues to explore the intricate ties of family and friendship that have become her trademark. Some critics felt the no ...more
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Oct 11, 2010
 
Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness
3.90
really liked it
Chess has given the world many interesting words. One of the best is “zugzwang,” which is the state in which any move will disadvantage a player. Brad ...more
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Apr 06, 2011
 
Pirate Latitudes
3.40
liked it
Posthumous publications come with a unique set of problems, including the question posed by the New York Times and echoed by many other critics: "Why ...more
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Feb 08, 2010
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