Review

Newsday – Review of I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

The first sentence of Terry Hayes’ exhilarating debut thriller, “I Am Pilgrim,” travels from Red Square to the “wrong side” of Detroit’s Eight Mile Road, and somehow you know immediately — buckle up. This complex, globalized tear through our complex, globalized world shoots from New York to the Black Hills of South Dakota, touches down in London and Geneva, and lands on tiny Santorini, “the most beautiful of all the Greek islands,” for a gripping assassination at a world-class restaurant and bar. And that’s just the first 50 pages.

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The Washington Post – Review of Adam Carolla’s President Me

Adam Carolla’s fans are legion. They’ve made his first two books bestsellers and “The Adam Carolla Show” one of the most popular podcasts on the Web. And those fans have even loftier goals in mind for this acerbic commentator. “Not one stand-up show or live podcast goes by,” he writes in his new book, “where someone doesn’t say to me in the autograph line afterward, ‘Ace, you should run for president.’ ”

Ah, democracy. . . .

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San Francisco Chronicle – Review of Plato at the Googleplex by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

This isn’t your professor’s philosophy book. By her own count, MacArthur Fellow Rebecca Newberger Goldstein breaks at least one cardinal rule of the academy in her remarkably alive, ruminative new work, “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away.” “I was trained as a philosopher never to put philosophers and their ideas into historical contexts,” she writes, “since historical context has nothing to do with the validity of the philosopher’s positions.”

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Newsday – Review of Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates

You may wish, from time to time, that you could feel like a teenager again. “Teenage knees?” you think. “Sign me up!” But then you run into someone like Cressida Mayfield. The delicate heart of Joyce Carol Oates’ moody, marvelous new novel, “Carthage,” 19-year-old Cressida reminds you that those teenage knees come at a price: You’d have to suffer through all those teenage emotions again to get them.

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