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 NT Times Los
 TOTAL Book Angeles
 CITATIONS Review Times NY Magazine

THE LOOMING TOWER | 12 X X X
 LAWRENCE WRIGHT EXCELLENT
THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN | 10 X X X
 CLAIRE MESSUD EXCELLENT
THE ROAD | CORMAC 10 X X
 MCCARTHY EXCELLENT
THE LAY OF THE LAND | 9 X
 RICHARD FORD GOOD
SUITE FRANCAISE | IRENE 8 X
 NEMIROVSKY EXCELLENT/
 CLASSIC
THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA | 7 X X
 MICHAEL POLLAN EXCELLENT
ALL AUNT HAGAR'S CHILDREN | 7 X
 EDWARD P. JONES EXCELLENT
FUN HOME | ALISON BECHDEL 7 X X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
FIASCO | THOMAS E. RICKS 7
 EXCELLENT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY 6 X X X
 PHYSICS | MARISHA PESSL
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
STATE OF DENIAL | BOB 6 X X
 WOODWARD
EVERYMAN | PHILIP ROTH 5 X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
AT CANAAN'S EDGE | TAYLOR 5 X X
 BRANCH EXCELLENT
THE ECHO MAKER | RICHARD 4 X
 POWERS GOOD/EXCELLENT
IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE 4 X
 EMERALD CITY | RAJIV
 CHANDRASEKARAN EXCELLENT
THE LOST | DANIEL MENDELSOHN 4 X
 EXCELLENT
THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE | 4 X
 RON SUSKIND EXCELLENT
THE WORST HARD TIME | 4 X
 TIMOTHY EGAN EXCELLENT
THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK | 4 X
 ALICE MUNRO GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE GOD DELUSION | RICHARD 4
 DAWKINS GOOD
ONE GOOD TURN | KATE 4
 ATKINSON GOOD
ABSURDISTAN | GARY 3 X
 SHTEYNGART GOOD
MAYFLOWER | NATHANIEL 3 X
 PHILBRICK GOOD/EXCELLENT
TALK TALK | T.C. BOYLE 3 X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
TWILIGHT OF THE 3 X
 SUPERHEROES | DEBORAH
 EISENBERG GOOD/EXCELLENT
A GODLY HERO | MICHAEL KAZIN 3 X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
ANDREW CARNEGIE | DAVID 3 X
 NASAW GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE SHAKESPEARE WARS | RON 3 X
 ROSENBAUM GOOD
WALT DISNEY | NEAL GABLER 3 X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
HEAT | BILL BUFORD EXCELLENT 3
AFTER THIS | ALICE MCDERMOTT 3
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
MELLON | DAVID CANNADINE 3
DISTRICT AND CIRCLE | SEAMUS 3
 HEANEY EXCELLENT
ARTHUR AND GEORGE | JULIAN 3
 BARNES EXCELLENT
THE ARCHITECTURE OF
HAPPINESS | ALAIN DE BOTTON 3
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE DISCOMFORT ZONE | 3
 JONATHAN FRANZEN GOOD
THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS | 3
 KIRAN DESAI EXCELLENT
BLACK SWAN GREEN | DAVID 3
 MITCHELL EXCELLENT
THE MISSION SONG | JOHN LE 3
 CARRE GOOD
THE NIGHT WATCH | SARAH 3
 WATERS EXCELLENT

 Washington
 Slate.com Post Economist.com NPR

THE LOOMING TOWER | X X X
 LAWRENCE WRIGHT EXCELLENT
THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN | X X
 CLAIRE MESSUD EXCELLENT
THE ROAD | CORMAC X
 MCCARTHY EXCELLENT
THE LAY OF THE LAND | X
 RICHARD FORD GOOD
SUITE FRANCAISE | IRENE X
 NEMIROVSKY EXCELLENT/
 CLASSIC
THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA | X X
 MICHAEL POLLAN EXCELLENT
ALL AUNT HAGAR'S CHILDREN | X
 EDWARD P. JONES EXCELLENT
FUN HOME | ALISON BECHDEL
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
FIASCO | THOMAS E. RICKS X
 EXCELLENT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY
 PHYSICS | MARISHA PESSL
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
STATE OF DENIAL | BOB
 WOODWARD
EVERYMAN | PHILIP ROTH X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
AT CANAAN'S EDGE | TAYLOR
 BRANCH EXCELLENT
THE ECHO MAKER | RICHARD
 POWERS GOOD/EXCELLENT
IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE
 EMERALD CITY | RAJIV
 CHANDRASEKARAN EXCELLENT
THE LOST | DANIEL MENDELSOHN X
 EXCELLENT
THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE | X
 RON SUSKIND EXCELLENT
THE WORST HARD TIME |
 TIMOTHY EGAN EXCELLENT
THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK | X
 ALICE MUNRO GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE GOD DELUSION | RICHARD X
 DAWKINS GOOD
ONE GOOD TURN | KATE
 ATKINSON GOOD
ABSURDISTAN | GARY
 SHTEYNGART GOOD
MAYFLOWER | NATHANIEL
 PHILBRICK GOOD/EXCELLENT
TALK TALK | T.C. BOYLE
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
TWILIGHT OF THE
 SUPERHEROES | DEBORAH
 EISENBERG GOOD/EXCELLENT
A GODLY HERO | MICHAEL KAZIN X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
ANDREW CARNEGIE | DAVID
 NASAW GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE SHAKESPEARE WARS | RON X
 ROSENBAUM GOOD
WALT DISNEY | NEAL GABLER
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
HEAT | BILL BUFORD EXCELLENT X
AFTER THIS | ALICE MCDERMOTT X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
MELLON | DAVID CANNADINE X
DISTRICT AND CIRCLE | SEAMUS X
 HEANEY EXCELLENT
ARTHUR AND GEORGE | JULIAN
 BARNES EXCELLENT
THE ARCHITECTURE OF
HAPPINESS | ALAIN DE BOTTON
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE DISCOMFORT ZONE |
 JONATHAN FRANZEN GOOD
THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS |
 KIRAN DESAI EXCELLENT
BLACK SWAN GREEN | DAVID
 MITCHELL EXCELLENT
THE MISSION SONG | JOHN LE
 CARRE GOOD
THE NIGHT WATCH | SARAH
 WATERS EXCELLENT

 St. Louis Christian
 Post- Boston Science New
 Dispatch Globe Monitor Statesman

THE LOOMING TOWER | X X
 LAWRENCE WRIGHT EXCELLENT
THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN | X X
 CLAIRE MESSUD EXCELLENT
THE ROAD | CORMAC X X X
 MCCARTHY EXCELLENT
THE LAY OF THE LAND | X X X
 RICHARD FORD GOOD
SUITE FRANCAISE | IRENE X X
 NEMIROVSKY EXCELLENT/
 CLASSIC
THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA | X X
 MICHAEL POLLAN EXCELLENT
ALL AUNT HAGAR'S CHILDREN | X X
 EDWARD P. JONES EXCELLENT
FUN HOME | ALISON BECHDEL X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
FIASCO | THOMAS E. RICKS X X
 EXCELLENT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY X X
 PHYSICS | MARISHA PESSL
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
STATE OF DENIAL | BOB X X X
 WOODWARD
EVERYMAN | PHILIP ROTH X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
AT CANAAN'S EDGE | TAYLOR X X X
 BRANCH EXCELLENT
THE ECHO MAKER | RICHARD X
 POWERS GOOD/EXCELLENT
IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE X X
 EMERALD CITY | RAJIV
 CHANDRASEKARAN EXCELLENT
THE LOST | DANIEL MENDELSOHN X X
 EXCELLENT
THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE | X X
 RON SUSKIND EXCELLENT
THE WORST HARD TIME | X X X
 TIMOTHY EGAN EXCELLENT
THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK |
 ALICE MUNRO GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE GOD DELUSION | RICHARD X
 DAWKINS GOOD
ONE GOOD TURN | KATE X
 ATKINSON GOOD
ABSURDISTAN | GARY
 SHTEYNGART GOOD
MAYFLOWER | NATHANIEL X X
 PHILBRICK GOOD/EXCELLENT
TALK TALK | T.C. BOYLE X X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
TWILIGHT OF THE X X
 SUPERHEROES | DEBORAH
 EISENBERG GOOD/EXCELLENT
A GODLY HERO | MICHAEL KAZIN X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
ANDREW CARNEGIE | DAVID X
 NASAW GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE SHAKESPEARE WARS | RON X
 ROSENBAUM GOOD
WALT DISNEY | NEAL GABLER
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
HEAT | BILL BUFORD EXCELLENT X
AFTER THIS | ALICE MCDERMOTT X X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
MELLON | DAVID CANNADINE X X
DISTRICT AND CIRCLE | SEAMUS X
 HEANEY EXCELLENT
ARTHUR AND GEORGE | JULIAN X X
 BARNES EXCELLENT
THE ARCHITECTURE OF X X
HAPPINESS | ALAIN DE BOTTON
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE DISCOMFORT ZONE | X X
 JONATHAN FRANZEN GOOD
THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS | X X
 KIRAN DESAI EXCELLENT
BLACK SWAN GREEN | DAVID X
 MITCHELL EXCELLENT
THE MISSION SONG | JOHN LE X
 CARRE GOOD
THE NIGHT WATCH | SARAH
 WATERS EXCELLENT

 Atlanta
 Business Journal-
 Week Constitution USA Today Time

THE LOOMING TOWER | X
 LAWRENCE WRIGHT EXCELLENT
THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN |
 CLAIRE MESSUD EXCELLENT
THE ROAD | CORMAC X
 MCCARTHY EXCELLENT
THE LAY OF THE LAND | X
 RICHARD FORD GOOD
SUITE FRANCAISE | IRENE X
 NEMIROVSKY EXCELLENT/
 CLASSIC
THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA |
 MICHAEL POLLAN EXCELLENT
ALL AUNT HAGAR'S CHILDREN | X X
 EDWARD P. JONES EXCELLENT
FUN HOME | ALISON BECHDEL X X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
FIASCO | THOMAS E. RICKS X X
 EXCELLENT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY
 PHYSICS | MARISHA PESSL
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
STATE OF DENIAL | BOB
 WOODWARD
EVERYMAN | PHILIP ROTH
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
AT CANAAN'S EDGE | TAYLOR
 BRANCH EXCELLENT
THE ECHO MAKER | RICHARD
 POWERS GOOD/EXCELLENT
IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE
 EMERALD CITY | RAJIV
 CHANDRASEKARAN EXCELLENT
THE LOST | DANIEL MENDELSOHN
 EXCELLENT
THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE |
 RON SUSKIND EXCELLENT
THE WORST HARD TIME |
 TIMOTHY EGAN EXCELLENT
THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK |
 ALICE MUNRO GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE GOD DELUSION | RICHARD
 DAWKINS GOOD
ONE GOOD TURN | KATE
 ATKINSON GOOD
ABSURDISTAN | GARY X
 SHTEYNGART GOOD
MAYFLOWER | NATHANIEL
 PHILBRICK GOOD/EXCELLENT
TALK TALK | T.C. BOYLE
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
TWILIGHT OF THE
 SUPERHEROES | DEBORAH
 EISENBERG GOOD/EXCELLENT
A GODLY HERO | MICHAEL KAZIN
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
ANDREW CARNEGIE | DAVID X
 NASAW GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE SHAKESPEARE WARS | RON
 ROSENBAUM GOOD
WALT DISNEY | NEAL GABLER X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
HEAT | BILL BUFORD EXCELLENT X
AFTER THIS | ALICE MCDERMOTT
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
MELLON | DAVID CANNADINE
DISTRICT AND CIRCLE | SEAMUS
 HEANEY EXCELLENT
ARTHUR AND GEORGE | JULIAN
 BARNES EXCELLENT
THE ARCHITECTURE OF
HAPPINESS | ALAIN DE BOTTON
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE DISCOMFORT ZONE |
 JONATHAN FRANZEN GOOD
THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS |
 KIRAN DESAI EXCELLENT
BLACK SWAN GREEN | DAVID X
 MITCHELL EXCELLENT
THE MISSION SONG | JOHN LE
 CARRE GOOD
THE NIGHT WATCH | SARAH
 WATERS EXCELLENT

 San
 Guardian Francisco Seattle Seattle
 (UK) Chronicle Times (1) Times (2)

THE LOOMING TOWER | X X
 LAWRENCE WRIGHT EXCELLENT
THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN | X X
 CLAIRE MESSUD EXCELLENT
THE ROAD | CORMAC X X X
 MCCARTHY EXCELLENT
THE LAY OF THE LAND | X X X
 RICHARD FORD GOOD
SUITE FRANCAISE | IRENE X X
 NEMIROVSKY EXCELLENT/
 CLASSIC
THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA | X
 MICHAEL POLLAN EXCELLENT
ALL AUNT HAGAR'S CHILDREN | X
 EDWARD P. JONES EXCELLENT
FUN HOME | ALISON BECHDEL X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
FIASCO | THOMAS E. RICKS X
 EXCELLENT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY X
 PHYSICS | MARISHA PESSL
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
STATE OF DENIAL | BOB
 WOODWARD
EVERYMAN | PHILIP ROTH X X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
AT CANAAN'S EDGE | TAYLOR
 BRANCH EXCELLENT
THE ECHO MAKER | RICHARD X X
 POWERS GOOD/EXCELLENT
IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE X
 EMERALD CITY | RAJIV
 CHANDRASEKARAN EXCELLENT
THE LOST | DANIEL MENDELSOHN
 EXCELLENT
THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE |
 RON SUSKIND EXCELLENT
THE WORST HARD TIME |
 TIMOTHY EGAN EXCELLENT
THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK | X X
 ALICE MUNRO GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE GOD DELUSION | RICHARD X X
 DAWKINS GOOD
ONE GOOD TURN | KATE X X X
 ATKINSON GOOD
ABSURDISTAN | GARY X
 SHTEYNGART GOOD
MAYFLOWER | NATHANIEL
 PHILBRICK GOOD/EXCELLENT
TALK TALK | T.C. BOYLE
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
TWILIGHT OF THE
 SUPERHEROES | DEBORAH
 EISENBERG GOOD/EXCELLENT
A GODLY HERO | MICHAEL KAZIN
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
ANDREW CARNEGIE | DAVID
 NASAW GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE SHAKESPEARE WARS | RON
 ROSENBAUM GOOD
WALT DISNEY | NEAL GABLER X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
HEAT | BILL BUFORD EXCELLENT
AFTER THIS | ALICE MCDERMOTT
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
MELLON | DAVID CANNADINE
DISTRICT AND CIRCLE | SEAMUS X
 HEANEY EXCELLENT
ARTHUR AND GEORGE | JULIAN X
 BARNES EXCELLENT
THE ARCHITECTURE OF X
HAPPINESS | ALAIN DE BOTTON
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE DISCOMFORT ZONE | X
 JONATHAN FRANZEN GOOD
THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS | X
 KIRAN DESAI EXCELLENT
BLACK SWAN GREEN | DAVID
 MITCHELL EXCELLENT
THE MISSION SONG | JOHN LE X X
 CARRE GOOD
THE NIGHT WATCH | SARAH X X
 WATERS EXCELLENT

 NY Sun Times Online [UK]

THE LOOMING TOWER | X
 LAWRENCE WRIGHT EXCELLENT
THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN | X
 CLAIRE MESSUD EXCELLENT
THE ROAD | CORMAC
 MCCARTHY EXCELLENT
THE LAY OF THE LAND |
 RICHARD FORD GOOD
SUITE FRANCAISE | IRENE X
 NEMIROVSKY EXCELLENT/
 CLASSIC
THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA |
 MICHAEL POLLAN EXCELLENT
ALL AUNT HAGAR'S CHILDREN |
 EDWARD P. JONES EXCELLENT
FUN HOME | ALISON BECHDEL X
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
FIASCO | THOMAS E. RICKS X
 EXCELLENT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY
 PHYSICS | MARISHA PESSL
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
STATE OF DENIAL | BOB X
 WOODWARD
EVERYMAN | PHILIP ROTH
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
AT CANAAN'S EDGE | TAYLOR
 BRANCH EXCELLENT
THE ECHO MAKER | RICHARD
 POWERS GOOD/EXCELLENT
IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE
 EMERALD CITY | RAJIV
 CHANDRASEKARAN EXCELLENT
THE LOST | DANIEL MENDELSOHN
 EXCELLENT
THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE |
 RON SUSKIND EXCELLENT
THE WORST HARD TIME |
 TIMOTHY EGAN EXCELLENT
THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK |
 ALICE MUNRO GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE GOD DELUSION | RICHARD
 DAWKINS GOOD
ONE GOOD TURN | KATE
 ATKINSON GOOD
ABSURDISTAN | GARY
 SHTEYNGART GOOD
MAYFLOWER | NATHANIEL
 PHILBRICK GOOD/EXCELLENT
TALK TALK | T.C. BOYLE
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
TWILIGHT OF THE
 SUPERHEROES | DEBORAH
 EISENBERG GOOD/EXCELLENT
A GODLY HERO | MICHAEL KAZIN
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
ANDREW CARNEGIE | DAVID
 NASAW GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE SHAKESPEARE WARS | RON
 ROSENBAUM GOOD
WALT DISNEY | NEAL GABLER
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
HEAT | BILL BUFORD EXCELLENT
AFTER THIS | ALICE MCDERMOTT
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
MELLON | DAVID CANNADINE
DISTRICT AND CIRCLE | SEAMUS
 HEANEY EXCELLENT
ARTHUR AND GEORGE | JULIAN
 BARNES EXCELLENT
THE ARCHITECTURE OF
HAPPINESS | ALAIN DE BOTTON
 GOOD/EXCELLENT
THE DISCOMFORT ZONE |
 JONATHAN FRANZEN GOOD
THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS |
 KIRAN DESAI EXCELLENT
BLACK SWAN GREEN | DAVID X
 MITCHELL EXCELLENT
THE MISSION SONG | JOHN LE
 CARRE GOOD
THE NIGHT WATCH | SARAH X
 WATERS EXCELLENT
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