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One for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak
One for Sorrow
by Christopher Barzak (Goodreads Author)
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Christopher Barzak's One for Sorrow is a rare thing indeed--a horror novel with heart. It's not often that such a book, particularly a debut (Barzak's reputation comes from his short fiction), is described as "lovely, melancholy" (Village Voice). But

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The King of Lies by John Hart
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John Hart, a former criminal defense attorney, has written a character-driven whodunit that has critics effusive with praise. Compared to John Grisham and Scott Turow, Hart crafts a story filled with trauma, intrigue, plot twists (with some foreshad

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Wild Bill Donovan by Douglas Waller
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Readers were generally satisfied by Waller’s take on “Wild Bill,” especially since (according to most critics) no adequate biography of the man was previously available. But the positive reviews often came with caveats. For example, several reviewers...more
The Long Road Home by Ben Shephard
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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 saw them. For example, in the 1940s, the world had not yet grasped the extent of the Holocaust—the w...more
The Quiet World by Douglas G. Brinkley
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Douglas Brinkley has called his planned Wilderness Cycle his “lifework.” In general, critics seemed to respect the scope of what Brinkley is trying to do, but they were more likely to praise The Quiet World as an important work than one that deeply m...more
Under the Sun by Bruce Chatwin
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“The value in a collection of letters must lie in bringing us closer to the writer,” argued the Boston Globe, and therein lay the critics’ chief complaint: though Chatwin infuses these chatty epistles with his charm and sharp wit, he remains elusive....more
House of Prayer No. 2 by Mark Richard
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Although the critics cited some wonderfully poignant moments and gorgeous prose, their praise was eclipsed by the debate over Richard’s choice to tell his story in the second person. “It creates a sense of life lived without volition,” protested the...more
The Foremost Good Fortune by Susan      Conley
The Foremost Good Fortune
by Susan Conley (Goodreads Author)
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In general, critics enjoyed Conley’s memoir about coping with the alternating difficulties of children, China, and cancer. They were impressed by the work’s honesty (particularly about Conley’s disease), the immediacy of its description, and its comp...more
Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
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Hamilton’s “minutely observed, artfully structured, fluidly written” (Wall Street Journal) memoir is a vivid account of her lifelong and, initially, unenthusiastic romance with food. Hamilton doesn’t idealize the restaurant business but colorfully co...more
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