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What book reviewers are saying this week

October 5, 2008



TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq
By Linda Robinson / PublicAffairs
“Linda Robinson’s ‘Tell Me How This Ends’ is the first book about [the] new Iraq. It’s a first-rate piece of work, probing and conscientious, though reading a good-news book about one of America’s all-time bad-news stories can take some getting used to.”
JAMES TRAUB, The New York Times

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THE MEN IN MY LIFE
By Vivian Gornick / MIT Press
“Vivian Gornick makes you want to read. In her new collection of essays, ‘The Men in My Life,’ authors [Philip Roth, V.S. Naipaul, Allen Ginsberg and others], all great literary men, come alive on the page like great characters, bleeding, raging and most of all trying (but almost always failing) to love.”
JUDITH LEWIS, The Los Angeles Times

HOLDING PATTERN
By Jeffrey Renard Allen / Graywolf
“ ‘Holding Pattern’ [is] a short-story collection of rare and scouring power.... Imaginative, empathic, brave, and beautifully told, these are astonishing and transcendent stories. “
DONNA SEAMAN, The Chicago Tribune