RaveThe New York Time Book Review... poignant and quietly powerful ... With so many characters populating the pages, you’d expect to encounter the occasional skimpily drawn one. But Joella impressively balances a cast of thoroughly realized personalities grappling with momentous events ... These characters transform over time, make amends and see one another more honestly and fully. Their evolution is inspiring — and more than a tad hopeful.
RaveThe New York Times Book Review... taut, chilling ... Blythe’s postpartum experience is familiar, and Audrain renders it flawlessly ... Audrain has a gift for capturing the seemingly small moments that speak volumes about relationships ... Audrain conjures the disintegration of marriage, along with the legacy of intergenerational trauma and the pain of parental grief, so movingly that the extent to which Blythe goes off the rails doesn’t seem that far-fetched ... Occasionally the second person gets repetitive, and I found myself longing to hear Fox’s voice — or anyone else’s, really. But the chapters examining Blythe’s family’s past provide texture, and the narrative feels more balanced once Fox’s partner is tricked into dishing on their life, even asking Blythe for parenting advice. Finally, someone thinks she’s a good mother.
RaveThe New York TimesIn Billion Dollar Brand Club, the veteran business journalist Lawrence Ingrassia...ferrets out the most compelling, consequential stories and people behind the direct-to-consumer revolution. He weaves riveting tales of legacy brands caught resting on their laurels, the hungry newcomers who outsmarted them and a network of prescient investors working behind the scenes. In less capable hands, Billion Dollar Brand Club could read like a series of dry business-school case studies, but Ingrassia’s keen storytelling and painstaking reporting ensure a far different fate for readers. In particular, the ascent of Dollar Shave Club (the company from which the book borrows its name) has the pacing of a literary thriller ... Selling big is one thing, but whether most of these companies actually turn a profit is the rare blind spot in Ingrassia’s reporting.
RaveThe Denver Post...a deeply uncomfortable but brilliant book that ruthlessly examines race relations, and the speculation surrounding this long-unpublished novel....Maybe the reason that Watchman wasn’t published in the 1950s was because it would have been burned or, worse, ignored. Maybe, 60 years later, we’re ready to look, listen and think.