VINTAGE REVIEWS

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD by Zora Neale Hurston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1937

"A poignant story, told with almost rhythmic beauty."
I loved Jonah's Gourd Vine — thought some of her short stories very fine — and feel that this measures up to the promise of the early books. Read full book review >
NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR by George Orwell
Released: June 13, 1949

"Certain to create interest, comment, and consideration."
The Book-of-the-Month Club dual selection, with John Gunther's Behind the Curtain (1949), for July, this projects life under perfected state controls. Read full book review >

A PERFECT SPY by John le Carré
Released: May 1, 1986

"Still, if less masterly than either the Karla trilogy or The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, this is a much plainer, finer accomplishment than The Little Drummer Girl—while the long memoir sections allow le Carré to write his richest, most unabashedly Dickensian prose yet: occasionally self-conscious or precious, often stirring, magical, gravely joyous."
The "perfect spy" in this bitter, stately le Carré novel—more character-study than thriller—is Magnus Pym, 50-ish, a senior spymaster for Britain, based in Vienna. . .but now, suddenly, disappeared, after returning to England for the funeral of his old father, Rick. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 1999

"A classic of Civil War literature worthy of a place beside the general's own Memoirs."
General William Tecumseh Sherman, perhaps the Union Army's fiercest and most complicated soldier, wages war in these letters against the Confederacy, the press—and himself. Read full book review >
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S by Truman Capote
Released: Oct. 28, 1959

"These stories are gentle, delicate and almost sound."
Excursions into other worlds of other depths have been the source material and trademark of Capote's literary career. Read full book review >

TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Released: April 1, 1934

"Headlined as the leading book on the publisher's list and sure of a good send-off."
Again an author who has built up a more or less established market, and his non appearance (in book form) over a period of several years, has stimulated interest in this first full length work since the publication of The Great Gatsby. Read full book review >
THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe
Released: Jan. 23, 1958

"This book sings with the terrible silence of dead civilizations in which once there was valor."
Written with quiet dignity that builds to a climax of tragic force, this book about the dissolution of an African tribe, its traditions, and values, represents a welcome departure from the familiar "Me, white brother" genre. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 21, 1983

"The least lazy of our critics, he may now be our best."
It's entirely possible that history's choice for the finest literary critic to find steady exposure in the pages of the New Yorker will not be Edmund Wilson—but rather John Updike, who here gathers over 100 reviews and essays from recent years. Read full book review >
A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE by John McPhee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 1965

"Twenty-one, and an Olympic champion, he has retired to the cloisters!"
What a rare sports book! Read full book review >
A DRINK BEFORE THE WAR by Dennis Lehane
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A lively debut about residents of the Boston metropolitan area who don't summer in Hyannisport."
Patrick Kenzie is a Dorchester, Mass., boy born and bred. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 1976

When first seen at his second death, the solitary despot who has lived for a conjectural 107 to 232 years, lies in his dungheap "house of castaways," vultures pecking at his body while a cow appears on the balcony where he delivered his pronunciamentos. Read full book review >
HELLO, HE LIED by Lynda Obst
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"An up-close chance to meet a tough cookie who loves being a pro—and who probably wouldn't take your calls."
If the Girl Scout troops of Beverly Hills need an illuminating manual for their Fundamentals of Successful Producing merit badge, this is it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >