Book Review Archive

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

October 12, 2014

A stirring portrayal of the fight for integration in the late 1950s and the toll it took on the high school students responsible for taking those first steps.

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The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

July 29, 2014

As sharp, sophisticated and refreshing as a flute of champagne, Genevieve Valentine’s “The Girls at the Kingfisher Club” will make you want to strap on dancing shoes and find an all-night speakeasy to call your own.

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Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

May 7, 2014

Ann Leckie’s Nebula Award-winning debut novel, “Ancillary Justice,” is everything a science fiction novel should be. The best sci-fi deals not just with scientific and technological innovations but with literary innovations.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

September 29, 2013

“The Bone Season,” the first installment in Samantha Shannon’s ambitious and imaginative seven-book series, contains great ingredients, but the resulting soup is less than satisfying. It would have benefited from a vigorous session with a red pen.

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The Humans by Matt Haig

August 7, 2013

British novelist Matt Haig explores the age-old question “what’s so great about being a human” in his new novel, “The Humans.”

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Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde

February 7, 2013

Rebecca Dana’s memoir “Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde” is a laugh-out-loud tour of heartbreak, fashion and the search for community in unexpected places.

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