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/ The Latest, Most Interesting Reviews of Riverhead Books, from the Mainstream Media

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Alan Cheuse of NPR compares Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Rich in Rising Asia to "a globalized version of The Great Gatsby"

“Thanks to Hamid's meticulous use of detail — and his sympathy for a man on the make in a society of endemic poverty — we engage deeply with a serious character whose essence remains his own yet who stands as a figure representative of his time and place, an effect only the best novelists can create… this tale of an unscrupulous striver may bring to mind a globalized version of The Great Gatsby. Given the unabashed gimmickry of Hamid's how-to design, it's a pleasant surprise to find that his book is nearly that good.” To read more, click here.
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The Washington Post praises Mohsin Hamid's "extraordinarily clever" How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

“Extraordinarily clever… a parody of the genre from one angle and a melancholy reflection on modern life from another… manages to be both particular and broad at the same time.” To read more, click here.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

O Magazine names Rosie Schaap’s “witty” memoir, Drinking with Men, a Must-Read Book for February

“A witty homage to pubs and bars and the regulars who call them home.” To check out the full list, click here.

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Thursday, February 07, 2013

The Baltimore Sun reviews Ben Yagoda's "lucid" How to Not Write Bad

“Fortunately, Ben Yagoda understands that the trick of achieving what he calls "good-enough writing" is to avoid the errors that make you look like an unskilled writer. In How to Not Write Bad, he identifies a clutch of about fifty problem areas, plentifully illustrated by selections from students' prose. Train yourself to avoid those hazards, he argues, and you will produce respectable prose and be able to move on to more sophisticated effects...His advice is straightforward, plain-spoken, lucid, and sound.” To read the whole review, click here.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Entertainment Weekly says The Painted Girls is a must

Entertainment Weekly includes The Painted Girls on their Weekly Hot List, calling it “richly imagined” and naming one of their Top 10 Most Loved pieces of entertainment for the week, alongside Lena Dunham, Woody Allen, and the Jackson 5.
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Entertainment Weekly praises Manuel Gonzales’s “imaginative debut,” The Miniature Wife and Other Stories

“Is there a term for something that's sad, funny, and strange all at once? Sunge? Frad? Because that would describe this imaginative debut…even the most absurd emotional conflicts feel familiar somehow, which only makes them more moving.” To read the full review, click here.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

The New York Times on John Glassie’s “stirring” new book, A Man of Misconceptions

“[A] brisk new biography...stirring…with impressive verve and un-Kircherian concision.” To read the full review, click here

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Margaret Talbot's The Entertainer on the front cover of The New York Times Book Review

“Sharp and engaging… Talbot père comes across as a sort of Zelig-with-personality, a life-embracing man whose career spans, and illuminates, the first 60 years of the 20th century.” Read more here...
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Monday, December 03, 2012

The New York Times on Alex Witchel's All Gone

“As Ms. Witchel wisecracks, ‘In our house, it was always the old days.’ All Gone… pay[s] homage to those days. As do the clever comebacks Ms. Witchel scatters throughout… Still, she gives the best lines to her mother, [who,] even as she free falls… delivers good dialogue.” Read more...
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Monday, November 26, 2012

USA Today praises Julie Klam’s “smart” new memoir, Friendkeeping

“a smart read… with incisive one-liners and self-deprecating humor… Klam's warmth and wit is enough to keep this book light and engaging.” To read the full review, click here.

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