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What is left to say about a new John Grisham novel? ‘The Guardians’ has something to add.
What is there left to say about a new John Grisham novel?
Maybe only that Grisham has done it again.
“The Guardians” is Grisham’s 40th novel; he’s now 64 and has been writing suspense novels pretty much nonstop since “A Time to Kill” was published in 1989. Most of his novels are legal thrillers, but Grisham has also branched out into stories about rare books, sports and medicine. (His 2015 e-book, “The Tumor,” is about an experimental cancer treatment called focused ultrasound technology that Grisham champions.) Grisham has even written a YA legal series featuring a 13-year-old amateur legal eagle named “Theodore Boone.”
Such creative longevity is not that unusual in the suspense genre, but what is rare is Grisham’s feat of keeping up the pace of producing, on average, a novel a year (in 2017 he published two) without a notable diminishment of ingenuity or literary quality. Dame Agatha Christie, who barely paused between books to sharpen pencils during her near-50-year marathon mystery career, is another such marvel.
What John Grisham gets right about lawyers and the law
Which brings us to “The Guardians,” Grisham’s latest terrific novel. Grisham’s main character here is a so-called “innocence lawyer,” a workaholic attorney-and-Episcopal-priest named Cullen Post. Post has trimmed his life down to the barest of essentials, living in spartan quarters above the nonprofit Guardian Ministries, his workplace in Savannah, Ga. The book focuses on Post’s investigation into the wrongful conviction of a black man named Quincy Miller who was set up to take the fall for the murder of a white lawyer in a small Florida town some 22 years before the opening of this story. (In his life away from his writing desk, Grisham serves on the board of directors of The Innocence Project.)
Post’s efforts to ferret out exculpatory evidence in this cold case put him in grave danger because, for one thing, the shadowy drug cartel responsible for the murder has been known to hold grisly parties in isolated jungle locales south of the border. In the dead center of this novel, Post hears a cautionary tale from a traumatized survivor of one of these gatherings. This account calls upon Grisham to summon up his heretofore unrealized inner Caligula.
In an affecting backstory, Post recalls his early career as a public defender; but the grotesque contradictions of that job — particularly Post’s final assignment to defend a depraved teenage rapist and murderer — brought on a nervous breakdown. After a sincere “come-to-Jesus” moment during his recovery, Post was ordained and began serving with a prison ministry, which led him to innocence work and eventually Guardian Ministries. A trim four-person operation, Guardian Ministries consists of Post; an underpaid litigator who’s a single mother of boys; an exoneree named Frankie who’s turned private investigator; and the nonprofit’s founder, a former business executive who, similar to Post, had a conversion experience and dedicated her life to righting wrongs of the criminal justice system.
That said, “The Guardians” is nuanced in its moral vision: Post acknowledges that most of the prisoners who contact him alleging wrongful convictions are, in fact, guilty; but it’s the thousands of others who have become his vocation. “It’s fairly easy to convict an innocent man and virtually impossible to exonerate one,” Post reminds a potential client. So far, the team has exonerated eight prisoners.
Quincy Miller may just become the ninth. His fate will depend on a relentless re-investigation conducted by Post and his colleagues and some strong-arming of jailhouse snitches and other witnesses who gave false testimony years ago. The lawyer Quincy was convicted of killing turns out to have had ties to a drug cartel. So, too, does the now-retired sheriff who was in charge of the investigation 22 years ago. Post knows he’ll eventually have to visit the secluded scene of the crime, Seabrook, Fla., but he wisely hesitates. Thinking out loud with a colleague, Post says: “Our clients are in prison because someone else pulled the trigger. They’re still out here, laughing because the cops nailed the wrong guy. The last thing they want is an innocence lawyer digging through the cold case.”
In his titanic efforts to turn justice denied for Miller into justice delayed, Post courts danger both human and supernatural. The climax of “The Guardian” slyly nods to many a classic Nancy Drew adventure: Post and Frankie steel themselves to break into a boarded-up haunted house, climb up into its dank attic and unearth (as Nancy would say) a “clew” that just may decide Miller’s fate — all before the drug gang gets wind of their location. Post is a driven and likable loner whom, I hope, Grisham will bring back in future novels. After all, as “The Guardians” makes clear, there’s plenty of work left for an innocence lawyer to do.
Maureen Corrigan , who is the book critic of the NPR program, “Fresh Air,” teaches literature at Georgetown University.
By John Grisham
Doubleday. 384 pp. $29.95
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100 Notable Books of 2023
Each year, we pore over thousands of new books, seeking out the best novels, memoirs, biographies, poetry collections, stories and more. Here are the standouts, selected by the staff of The New York Times Book Review.
Chosen by the staff of The New York Times Book Review Nov. 21, 2023
After Sappho by Selby Wynn Schwartz
Inspired by Sappho’s work, Schwartz’s debut novel offers an alternate history of creativity at the turn of the 20th century, one that centers queer women artists, writers and intellectuals who refused to accept society’s boundaries.
All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby
In his earlier thrillers, Cosby worked the outlaw side of the crime genre. In his new one — about a Black sheriff in a rural Southern town, searching for a serial killer who tortures Black children — he’s written a crackling good police procedural.
The Bee Sting by Paul Murray
In Murray’s boisterous tragicomic novel, a once wealthy Irish family struggles with both the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash and their own inner demons.
Biography of X by Catherine Lacey
Lacey rewrites 20th-century U.S. history through the audacious fictional life story of X, a polarizing female performance artist who made her way from the South to New York City’s downtown art scene.
Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton
In this action-packed novel from a Booker Prize winner, a collective of activist gardeners crosses paths with a billionaire doomsday prepper on land they each want for different purposes.
Blackouts by Justin Torres
This lyrical, genre-defying novel — winner of the 2023 National Book Award — explores what it means to be erased and how to persist after being wiped away.
Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll
In her third and most assured novel, Knoll shifts readers’ attention away from a notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy, and onto the lives — and deaths — of the women he killed. Perhaps for the first time in fiction, Knoll pooh-poohs Bundy's much ballyhooed intelligence, celebrating the promise and perspicacity of his victims instead.
Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
This satire — in which prison inmates duel on TV for a chance at freedom — makes readers complicit with the bloodthirsty fans sitting ringside. The fight scenes are so well written they demonstrate how easy it might be to accept a world this sick.
The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
Verghese’s first novel since “Cutting for Stone” follows generations of a family across 77 years in southwestern India as they contend with political strife and other troubles — capped by a shocking discovery made by the matriarch’s granddaughter, a doctor.
Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead
Returning to the world of his novel “Harlem Shuffle,” Whitehead again uses a crime story to illuminate a singular neighborhood at a tipping point — here, Harlem in the 1970s.
The Deluge by Stephen Markley
Markley’s second novel confronts the scale and gravity of climate change, tracking a cadre of scientists and activists from the gathering storm of the Obama years to the super-typhoons of future decades. Immersive and ambitious, the book shows the range of its author’s gifts: polyphonic narration, silken sentences and elaborate world-building.
Eastbound by Maylis de Kerangal
In de Kerangal’s brief, lyrical novel, translated by Jessica Moore, a young Russian soldier on a trans-Siberian train decides to desert and turns to a civilian passenger, a Frenchwoman, for help.
Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett
The world-building in this tale of a woman documenting a new kind of faerie is exquisite, and the characters are just as textured and richly drawn. This is the kind of folkloric fantasy that remembers the old, blood-ribboned source material about sacrifices and stolen children, but adds a modern gloss.
Enter Ghost by Isabella Hammad
In Hammad’s second novel, a British Palestinian actor returns to her hometown in Israel to recover from a breakup and spend time with her family. Instead, she’s talked into joining a staging of “Hamlet” in the West Bank, where she has a political awakening.
Forbidden Notebook by Alba de Céspedes
A best-selling novelist and prominent anti-Fascist in her native Italy, de Céspedes has lately fallen into unjust obscurity. Translated by Ann Goldstein, this elegant novel from the 1950s tells the story of a married mother, Valeria, whose life is transformed when she begins keeping a secret diary.
The Fraud by Zadie Smith
Based on a celebrated 19th-century trial in which the defendant was accused of impersonating a nobleman, Smith’s novel offers a vast panoply of London and the English countryside, and successfully locates the social controversies of an era in a handful of characters.
From From by Monica Youn
In her fourth book of verse, a svelte, intrepid foray into American racism, Youn turns a knowing eye on society’s love-hate relationship with what it sees as the “other.”
A Guest in the House by Emily Carroll
After a lonely young woman marries a mild-mannered widower and moves into his home, she begins to wonder how his first wife actually died. This graphic novel alternates between black-and-white and overwhelming colors as it explores the mundane and the horrific.
The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
McBride’s latest, an intimate, big-hearted tale of community, opens with a human skeleton found in a well in the 1970s, and then flashes back to the past, to the ’20s and ’30s, to explore the town’s Black, Jewish and immigrant history.
Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano
In her radiant fourth novel, Napolitano puts a fresh spin on the classic tale of four sisters and the man who joins their family. Take “Little Women,” move it to modern-day Chicago, add more intrigue, lots of basketball and a different kind of boy next door and you’ve got the bones of this thoroughly original story.
A History of Burning by Janika Oza
This remarkable debut novel tells the story of an extended Indo-Ugandan family that is displaced, settled and displaced again.
Holly by Stephen King
The scrappy private detective Holly Gibney (who appeared in “The Outsider” and several other novels) returns, this time taking on a missing-persons case that — in typical King fashion — unfolds into a tale of Dickensian proportions.
A House for Alice by Diana Evans
This polyphonic novel traces one family’s reckoning after the patriarch dies in a fire, as his widow, a Nigerian immigrant, considers returning to her home country and the entire family re-examines the circumstances of their lives.
The Iliad by Homer
Emily Wilson’s propulsive new translation of the “Iliad” is buoyant and expressive; she wants this version to be read aloud, and it would certainly be fun to perform.
Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Törzs
The sisters in Törzs's delightful debut have been raised to protect a collection of magic books that allow their keepers to do incredible things. Their story accelerates like a fugue, ably conducted to a tender conclusion.
Kairos by Jenny Erpenbeck
This tale of a torrid, yearslong relationship between a young woman and a much older married man — translated from the German by Michael Hofmann — is both profound and moving.
Kantika by Elizabeth Graver
Inspired by the life of Graver’s maternal grandmother, this exquisitely imagined family saga spans cultures and continents as it traces the migrations of a Sephardic Jewish girl from turn-of-the-20th-century Constantinople to Barcelona, Havana and, finally, Queens, N.Y.
Land of Milk and Honey by C Pam Zhang
Zhang’s lush, keenly intelligent novel follows a chef who’s hired to cook for an “elite research community” in the Italian Alps, in a not-so-distant future where industrial-agricultural experiments in America’s heartland have blanketed the globe in a crop-smothering smog.
Lone Women by Victor LaValle
The year is 1915, and the narrator of LaValle’s horror-tinged western has arrived in Montana to cultivate an unforgiving homestead. She’s looking for a fresh start as a single Black woman in a sparsely populated state, but the locked trunk she has in stow holds a terrifying secret.
Monica by Daniel Clowes
In Clowes’s luminous new work, the titular character, abandoned by her mother as a child, endures a life of calamities before resolving to learn about her origins and track down her parents.
The Most Secret Memory of Men by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr
Based on a true story and translated by Lara Vergnaud, Sarr’s novel — about a Senegalese writer brought low by a plagiarism scandal — asks sharp questions about the state of African literature in the West.
The New Naturals by Gabriel Bump
In Bump’s engrossing new novel, a young Black couple, mourning the loss of their newborn daughter and disillusioned with the world, start a utopian society — but tensions both internal and external soon threaten their dreams.
North Woods by Daniel Mason
Mason’s novel looks at the occupants of a single house in Massachusetts over several centuries, from colonial times to present day. An apple farmer, an abolitionist, a wealthy manufacturer: The book follows these lives and many others, with detours into natural history and crime reportage.
Not Even the Dead by Juan Gómez Bárcena
An ex-conquistador in Spanish-ruled, 16th-century Mexico is asked to hunt down an Indigenous prophet in this novel by a leading writer in Spain, splendidly translated by Katie Whittemore. The epic search stretches across much of the continent and, as the author bends time and history, lasts centuries.
The Nursery by Szilvia Molnar
“I used to be a translator and now I am a milk bar.” So begins Molnar’s brilliant novel about a new mother falling apart within the four walls of her apartment.
Our Share of Night by Mariana Enriquez
This dazzling, epic narrative, translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell, is a bewitching brew of mystery and myth, peopled by mediums who can summon “the Darkness” for a secret society of wealthy occultists seeking to preserve consciousness after death.
Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson
Jackson’s smart, dishy debut novel embeds readers in an upper-crust Brooklyn Heights family — its real estate, its secrets, its just-like-you-and-me problems. Does money buy happiness? “Pineapple Street” asks a better question: Does it buy honesty?
The Reformatory by Tananarive Due
Due’s latest — about a Black boy, Robert, who is wrongfully sentenced to a fictionalized version of Florida’s infamous and brutal Dozier School — is both an incisive examination of the lingering traumas of racism and a gripping, ghost-filled horror novel. “The novel’s extended, layered denouement is so heart-smashingly good, it made me late for work,” Randy Boyagoda wrote in his review. “I couldn’t stop reading.”
The Saint of Bright Doors by Vajra Chandrasekera
Trained to kill by his mother and able to see demons, the protagonist of Chandrasekera’s stunning and lyrical novel flees his destiny as an assassin and winds up in a politically volatile metropolis.
Same Bed Different Dreams by Ed Park
Double agents, sinister corporations, slasher films, U.F.O.s — Park’s long-awaited second novel is packed to the gills with creative elements that enliven his acerbic, comedic and lyrical odyssey into Korean history and American paranoia.
Take What You Need by Idra Novey
This elegant novel resonates with implication beyond the taut contours of its central story line. In Novey’s deft hands, the complex relationship between a young woman and her former stepmother hints at the manifold divisions within America itself.
This Other Eden by Paul Harding
In his latest novel, inspired by the true story of a devastating 1912 eviction in Maine that displaced an entire mixed-race fishing community, Harding turns that history into a lyrical tale about the fictional Apple Island on the cusp of destruction.
Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
Locked down on the family’s northern Michigan cherry orchard, three sisters and their mother, a former actress whose long-ago summer fling went on to become a movie star, reflect on love and regret in Patchett’s quiet and reassuring Chekhovian novel.
The Unsettled by Ayana Mathis
This novel follows three generations across time and place: a young mother trying to create a home for herself and her son in 1980s Philadelphia, and her mother, who is trying to save their Alabama hometown from white supremacists seeking to displace her from her land.
Victory City by Salman Rushdie
Rushdie’s new novel recounts the long life of Pampa Kampana, who creates an empire from magic seeds in 14th-century India. Her world is one of peace, where men and women are equal and all faiths welcome, but the story Rushdie tells is of a state that forever fails to live up to its ideals.
We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian
This queer midcentury romance — about reporters who meet at work, become friends, move in together and fall in love — lingers on small, everyday acts like bringing home flowers with the groceries, things that loom large because they’re how we connect with others.
Western Lane by Chetna Maroo
In this polished and disciplined debut novel, an 11-year-old Jain girl in London who has just lost her mother turns her attention to the game of squash — which in Maroo’s graceful telling becomes a way into the girl’s grief.
Witness by Jamel Brinkley
Set in Brooklyn, and featuring animal rescue workers, florists, volunteers, ghosts and UPS workers, Brinkley’s new collection meditates on what it means to see and be seen.
Y/N by Esther Yi
In this weird and wondrous novel, a bored young woman in thrall to a boy band buys a one-way ticket to Seoul.
Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
Kuang’s first foray outside of the fantasy genre is a breezy and propulsive tale about a white woman who achieves tremendous literary success by stealing a manuscript from a recently deceased Asian friend and passing it off as her own.
The 272 by Rachel L. Swarns
Building on her groundbreaking work for The Times, Swarns fashions a complex portrait of 19th-century American Catholicism through the story of the nearly 300 people enslaved on Jesuit plantations who were sold in 1838 to save Georgetown University from ruin.
Anansi’s Gold by Yepoka Yeebo
Yeebo, a journalist, tracks down the elusive story of John Ackah Blay-Miezah, who revolutionized the “advance fee” scam (say, a Nigerian prince wants to wire you money), and contextualizes it within a Ghana — and a world — that allowed him to thrive.
Battle of Ink and Ice by Darrell Hartman
This fast paced, true-life adventure revives the headline-grabbing debate over which explorer reached the North Pole first — and which newspaper broke the news.
The Best Minds by Jonathan Rosen
A literary and compassionate examination of the porous line between brilliance and insanity, this riveting memoir traces the author’s childhood friendship and sometime rivalry with a neighbor and Yale classmate who is now in prison for murdering his girlfriend.
Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs by Kerry Howley
Howley writes about the national security state and those who get entangled in it — fabulists, truth tellers, combatants, whistle-blowers. Like many of us, they have left traces of themselves in the digital ether by making a phone call, texting a friend, looking something up online.
Built From the Fire by Victor Luckerson
This ambitious history, by a journalist based in Tulsa, provides an authoritative account of the prosperous Black neighborhood decimated by the city’s 1921 race massacre and a gripping portrait of the community resurrected in its aftermath.
Cobalt Red by Siddharth Kara
Cobalt is essential to the tech industry, but as Kara’s harrowing account demonstrates, it comes at a high cost: Much of the mineral is mined in toxic conditions for subsistence wages in Congo — all too often, by children.
Crossings by Ben Goldfarb
Goldfarb, an environmental journalist, crafts a fascinating and sensitive look at the costs of roads, both for wild animals and for the humans whose cities are divided by highways along racial lines.
Daughter of the Dragon by Yunte Huang
Huang’s new book, a biography embedded in cultural criticism, is an absorbing account of the life and times of the Chinese American starlet Anna May Wong, whose career spanned silent movies, talkies and television.
Doppelganger by Naomi Klein
After she was repeatedly confused online with the feminist scholar turned anti-vaxxer Naomi Wolf, Klein turned the experience into this sober, stylish account of the lure of disdain and paranoia.
Easily Slip Into Another World by Henry Threadgill and Brent Hayes Edwards
The jazz artist Henry Threadgill’s ardent memoir ranges from his maddening wartime experiences in Vietnam to his boundary-pushing musical career.
The Exceptions by Kate Zernike
Zernike’s excellent and infuriating tale of the fight for fairness at M.I.T. and beyond is not merely a fast-paced account of one woman’s accomplishments but a larger history of women in STEM (or lack thereof).
Fire Weather by John Vaillant
This timely and riveting account of the 2016 McMurray wildfire explores not just that Canadian inferno but what it bodes for the future. Vaillant has a chillingly serious message: This is the inevitable result of climate change, and it will happen again and again.
The Great Escape by Saket Soni
In this gripping account, Soni, a labor organizer, details the story of several hundred Indian men lured to this country on promises of work and green cards, who ended up in semi-captivity in Mississippi until his efforts to free them.
The Half Known Life by Pico Iyer
In talking to people the world over about what paradise means to them, Iyer provides hours of thought-provoking meditations. “Paradise becomes something different in every neighbor’s head,” he says.
How to Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair
In this breathless, scorching memoir of a girlhood spent becoming the perfect Rasta daughter and an adolescence spent becoming one of Jamaica’s most promising young poets, Montego Bay drips with as much tender sensuality and complexity as the buoyant patois of Sinclair’s parents’ banter.
Humanly Possible by Sarah Bakewell
In earlier books, Bakewell has written about Montaigne and the existentialists; here, she manages to wrangle seven centuries of humanist thought into a brisk narrative with characteristic wit and clarity, resisting the traps of windy abstraction and glib oversimplification.
Judgment at Tokyo by Gary J. Bass
This comprehensive treatment of the prosecution of Japanese war crimes after World War II is an elegantly written and immersive account of a moment that shaped not just the politics of the region, but of the Cold War to come.
King by Jonathan Eig
The first comprehensive biography of Martin Luther King Jr. in decades, Eig’s book draws on a landslide of recently released government documents as well as letters and interviews. This is a book worthy of its subject: both an intimate study of a complex and flawed human being and a journalistic account of a civil rights titan.
The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory by Tim Alberta
Having detailed how President Trump's rise to power occurred amid a years-long civil war within the Republican party in his 2019 book "American Carnage," Alberta, a staff writer for The Atlantic, turns his eye on another institution that has become split in two as a result of the former president: the American evangelical movement.
The Land of Hope and Fear by Isabel Kershner
Published months before the Israel-Hamas war, this book by a longtime correspondent in Jerusalem presents a complicated portrait of the many communities and faiths that constitute Israel three-quarters of a century into its existence.
Liliana’s Invincible Summer by Cristina Rivera Garza
In 1990, Rivera Garza’s 20-year-old sister was murdered in Mexico. That case is the inspiration and launching point for this memoir, a personal and cultural look at femicide in Mexico.
Lives of the Wives by Carmela Ciuraru
The relationships at the center of Ciuraru’s lively and absorbing new literary history vary widely, but are united by questions of ego and agency, competition and resentment.
A Living Remedy by Nicole Chung
Chung’s powerful second memoir is a look at family, illness and grief, and the way systemic issues like access to health care, capitalism and racism exacerbate loss.
Master Slave Husband Wife by Ilyon Woo
Woo’s book recounts a daring feat: the successful flight north from Georgia in 1848 by an enslaved couple disguised as a sickly young white planter and his male slave. But her meticulous retelling is equally a feat — of research, storytelling, sympathy and insight.
Monsters by Claire Dederer
“Everyone alive is either canceled or about to be canceled,” writes the author of this sometimes maddening, always challenging meditation on polarizing cultural figures (Nabokov, Polanski, et al.) and the struggle to reconcile great art with the misdeeds of its creators.
My Name is Barbra by Barbra Streisand
“I’m the greatest star!” the 21-year-old actress defiantly sang in Broadway’s 1964 hit “Funny Girl.” Nearly six decades later, over 992 pages, Streisand chronicles how she delivered on that promise, a rocket ride from Brooklyn to Malibu.
The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley by David Waldstreicher
A beautiful and cogently argued biography offers a radical new vision of the life and work of colonial America’s brilliant Black female poet.
Ordinary Notes by Christina Sharpe
In this volume of 248 numbered notes, Sharpe assembles memories and insights, artifacts and artworks, balancing the persistence of racism and brutality with a rich variety of Black life.
Oscar Wars by Michael Schulman
A deeply researched and compulsively readable history digs into the scandal-soaked history of the Academy Awards.
Our Migrant Souls by Héctor Tobar
Tobar, a longtime journalist, delivers a kaleidoscopic account of Latino American experience, dispelling stereotypes and underscoring diversity in prose that is by turns lyrical, outraged, scholarly and affectingly personal.
Pageboy by Elliot Page
The Oscar-nominated actor offers a brutally honest account of child stardom, the pressure to conform in Hollywood and, ultimately, the announcement of his gender transition in 2020.
Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond
The central claim of this manifesto by the Princeton sociologist is that poverty in the United States is the product not only of larger economic shifts, but of choices and actions by more fortunate Americans.
The Rediscovery of America by Ned Blackhawk
This ambitious retelling of the American story, by a historian who is also a Native American, places Indigenous populations at the center, a shift in perspective that yields fresh insights and thought-provoking questions.
The Rigor of Angels by William Egginton
Challenging, ambitious and elegant, this mind-expanding book explores nothing less than “the ultimate nature of reality” through the work of three figures: the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, the German quantum physicist Werner Heisenberg and the 18th-century German philosopher Immanuel Kant.
Schoenberg by Harvey Sachs
Sachs has written well for decades about conventional classical music. This impassioned defense of Arnold Schoenberg — creator of some of the most challenging music ever — might seem surprising from him, but Schoenberg’s life was one of the 20th century’s great narratives.
Sink by Joseph Earl Thomas
The lush prose of this memoir perfectly suits the author’s tender, teeming boyhood imagination, in which video-game and manga characters offered more guidance than volatile adults did. Most remarkable is Thomas’s matter-of-fact depiction of the daily depredations he faced without losing his spirit or his abundant creative gifts.
The Slip by Prudence Peiffer
From Ellsworth Kelly to Agnes Martin to Robert Indiana, a group of scrappy artists gathered in illegal studios at the tip of Lower Manhattan in the 1950s, trying to provide an answer to Abstract Expressionism. This group biography reflects the excitement of those years — and our debt to them.
Some People Need Killing by Patricia Evangelista
In powerful, gripping prose, a Philippine journalist recounts her investigation into the campaign of extrajudicial murders under former President Rodrigo Duterte.
Spoken Word by Joshua Bennett
Bennett’s engaging history of a literary and cultural movement that took hold in many realms — including music, theater, film, television and, of course, poetry — tracks its evolution from the earliest days of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on the Lower East Side to the first iterations of slam poetry and beyond.
A Thread of Violence by Mark O’Connell
O’Connell brings literary flourish and a philosophical bent to this investigation of an infamous and confounding Irish murder case.
Time’s Echo by Jeremy Eichler
This cultural history takes up works by Schoenberg, Britten, Shostakovich and Richard Strauss that reflect on World War II and the Holocaust, urging listeners to consider the link between music and remembrance.
The Undertow by Jeff Sharlet
Anxious about America’s political divides, and fearful that they presage the end of the union, Sharlet spent a year speaking with conservative pastors, gun fanatics and QAnon adherents, among others. The result is an eloquent cri de coeur by a writer struggling to meet political and moral unreason with compassion and grace.
Unscripted by James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams
This jaw-dropping chronicle by two Times reporters of the final years of Sumner Redstone, the head of Paramount, is an epic tale of toxic wealth and greed populated by connivers and manipulators, not least Redstone himself.
Up Home by Ruth J. Simmons
Simmons’s evocative account of her remarkable trajectory from Jim Crow Texas, where she was the youngest of 12 children in a sharecropping family, to the presidencies of Smith College and Brown University shines with tenderness and dignity.
The Wager by David Grann
After the H.M.S. Wager was shipwrecked off the coast of Patagonia in 1742, surviving crew members returned to England with dramatic — and starkly conflicting — tales about what had transpired. Grann recreates the voyage in all its enthralling horror.
Waiting to Be Arrested at Night by Tahir Hamut Izgil
Offering a rare glimpse into the life and culture of China’s brutally persecuted Muslim Uyghur minority, this eloquent memoir by a poet who escaped with his family to the United States (and translated by Joshua L. Freeman) unfolds a horror story with calm restraint.
What An Owl Knows by Jennifer Ackerman
There are some 260 species of owls spread across every continent except Antarctica, and in this fascinating book, Ackerman explains why the birds are both naturally wondrous and culturally significant.
Wifedom by Anna Funder
Even George Orwell, whose dealings with women were often problematic, admitted that he behaved badly toward his first wife, Eileen O’Shaughnessy. This book focuses on O’Shaughnessy, and combines her story with a bravura analysis of female invisibility.
You Have to Be Prepared to Die Before You Can Begin to Live by Paul Kix
The 1963 campaign to integrate Birmingham, Ala., led to shocking brutality: youths blasted by fire hoses and set upon by snarling police dogs. Kix, a journalist, weaves those images into a harrowing narrative of a crucial juncture in the civil rights movement.
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by Nicholas Sparks ‧ RELEASE DATE: April 8, 2003
Tame thriller, simply written—but Sparks’s name should sell it.
The megaselling writer of just-folks tearjerkers ( Nights in Rodanthe , not reviewed, etc.) tries his hand at suspense—with lackluster results.
Her husband lost his fight against brain cancer, leaving Julie Barenson a young widow, and she still doesn’t quite know what to do with her life. But the Great Dane puppy that arrived shortly after Jim’s death, along with a suitably sentimental note, has grown up into her best pal (and guardian, just like Jim, who, the reader is assured, is watching over Julie from heaven). Now that Julie is finally ready to date, she finds slim pickings in Swansboro, North Carolina, on the Outer Banks. There’s Mike, an amiable jack-of-all-trades, failed musician, and the younger brother of Jim’s best friend—but not exactly ambitious. Still, Julie’s background hardly allows her to be too picky: she’s the daughter of an alcoholic, single, oversexed mother without two nickels to rub together. Then Richard Franklin, a consulting engineer on the Intracoastal Waterway, comes in to get his hair cut at the beauty shop. Julie dates him a few times, but there’s something odd about him. He’s awfully jealous, though he hardly knows her. And controlling. No one knows that he grew up in horrible circumstances: viciously battered by his drunken father, he hides a murderous rage at everything. Years ago, the cops thought his father’s death from carbon monoxide poisoning was an accident . . . and no one saw his son spit into his father’s grave. Foster care only hardened the boy, who beat up anyone who crossed him, attacked his college roommates, killed his first wife, assumed the identity of a man he murdered by the side of a lonely road . . . . Gee, could he be the guy who’s stalking Julie? Mike decides he’d better protect her. “Richard” is so nasty he might even shoot her dog. Julie endures the stalking and whatnot for a while, until the plot limps to its predictable conclusion.
Pub Date: April 8, 2003
Page Count: 224
Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2003
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Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of...
Hoover’s ( November 9 , 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.
At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.
Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016
Page Count: 320
Review Posted Online: May 30, 2016
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016
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Hoover is one of the freshest voices in new-adult fiction, and her latest resonates with true emotion, unforgettable...
Sydney and Ridge make beautiful music together in a love triangle written by Hoover ( Losing Hope , 2013, etc.), with a link to a digital soundtrack by American Idol contestant Griffin Peterson.
Hoover is a master at writing scenes from dual perspectives. While music student Sydney is watching her neighbor Ridge play guitar on his balcony across the courtyard, Ridge is watching Sydney’s boyfriend, Hunter, secretly make out with her best friend on her balcony. The two begin a songwriting partnership that grows into something more once Sydney dumps Hunter and decides to crash with Ridge and his two roommates while she gets back on her feet. She finds out after the fact that Ridge already has a long-distance girlfriend, Maggie—and that he's deaf. Ridge’s deafness doesn’t impede their relationship or their music. In fact, it creates opportunities for sexy nonverbal communication and witty text messages: Ridge tenderly washes off a message he wrote on Sydney’s hand in ink, and when Sydney adds a few too many e’s to the word “squee” in her text, Ridge replies, “If those letters really make up a sound, I am so, so glad I can’t hear it.” While they fight their mutual attraction, their hope that “maybe someday” they can be together playfully comes out in their music. Peterson’s eight original songs flesh out Sydney’s lyrics with a good mix of moody musical styles: “Living a Lie” has the drama of a Coldplay piano ballad, while the chorus of “Maybe Someday” marches to the rhythm of the Lumineers. But Ridge’s lingering feelings for Maggie cause heartache for all three of them. Independent Maggie never complains about Ridge’s friendship with Sydney, and it's hard to even want Ridge to leave Maggie when she reveals her devastating secret. But Ridge can’t hide his feelings for Sydney long—and they face their dilemma with refreshing emotional honesty.
Pub Date: March 18, 2014
Page Count: 384
Review Posted Online: May 6, 2014
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) stayed acutely on brand in her new book, according to excerpts published and fact-checked by The Guardian .
In the book, “MTG,” Greene claimed that no Democrats stayed to defend the House chamber during the U.S. Capitol riot, mocked lawmakers for being “hysterical” during the frightening ordeal, and ridiculed Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who was 73 at the time, for not being able to run to safety quickly.
“Several of the Republican congressmen said, ‘We’re going to stay right here and defend the House chamber.’ As they began barricading the door with furniture, I noticed not one Democrat was willing to stay to defend the chamber,” Greene wrote.
Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) told The Guardian that is “patently false” and that Greene “doesn’t exist in the same reality as the rest of us.”
Multiple accounts and photos of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection from lawmakers contradict Greene’s claim. Crow was among roughly three dozen Democrats who were trapped in the gallery of the House for an hour after a violent mob breached the Capitol when almost all other lawmakers had been evacuated to safety.
Others have recalled how certain Democrats, including Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), a former U.S. Marine, helped to facilitate the evacuation and gave instructions on how to use gas masks that Capitol Police had directed lawmakers to wear.
Greene also ridiculed Democrats for “obligingly” putting on the gas masks and being “hysterical, with the plastic bags over their heads in fear of teargas.”
She wrote, “Just imagine Jerry Nadler trying to run for safety!”
Then she added, “saw that it was a problem that so many of our representatives were older and physically unable to run.”
Greene has criticized both President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for what she calls “severe aging health issues” that make them unfit for office. She’s been notably silent about 77-year-old Donald Trump ’s age.
“MTG” will be published next week, and according to The Guardian, “pursues her familiar conspiracy theory-laced invective, taking shots at targets including Democrats, the media and Lauren Boebert, another Republican extremist with whom Greene has fallen out.”
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Nicholas Sparks's new novel, THE GUARDIAN, clearly challenges the time honored maxim "man's best friend". While Sparks is known for writing sappy love stories that pull on the reader's heartstrings, THE GUARDIAN is undoubtedly his finest work.
The novel's main character, a widow named Julie Barenson, receives a puppy that her husband arranged before his untimely death. Although Singer, a Great Dane, challenges Julie's patience on more than one occasion, her beloved four-legged friend is at the right place when she needs him the most.
Although THE GUARDIAN at first appears to be another tearjerker from Sparks, whose seventh novel will surely be atop the bestseller lists within no time, it is completely different from his debut novel, THE NOTEBOOK, or NIGHTS IN RODANTHE, which comes out in paperback in June.
Don't worry Sparks fans. THE GUARDIAN takes place in another small southern town, Swansboro, N.C. And, of course, it contains a deep-rooted love story, the kind that has catapulted Sparks into literary stardom. But what's different about THE GUARDIAN from his other six novels is that this novel is extremely chilling at times. It is pulse pounding, breathtaking, suspenseful and intriguing.
Without giving too much of the plot away, the book starts out when Julie receives a surprise gift on Christmas Eve in 1998 -- an adorable puppy. The animal is exactly what she needs to help her deal with the recent loss of her husband, Jim. Fast forward to 2002. Singer and Julie have become best friends, but Julie yearns to start a new relationship --- but with whom? Well, there's Mike Harris, who works as a mechanic and was her husband's best friend and best man in her wedding. Then there's Richard Franklin, a strikingly handsome transplant to the area. Julie dates Richard for a while but decides there's just nothing there and starts to see Mike.
Unfortunately, the rejection is too much for Richard to handle and he just can't cut his losses and be friends with her. This is where the pace of the book really gains momentum. Instead of being a gentleman about the whole thing, Richard turns into a menacing creep and calling Julie over and over and hanging up the phone when she answers. He then pops up when she's out walking Singer and when she's shopping for groceries.
Richard shows up at a nightclub where Julie and Mike happen to be and Mike loses his cool and brawls with Richard. Wow! Violence in a Nicholas Sparks book? This has got to be a first. Besides being a well-crafted love story, THE GUARDIAN is also a compelling police drama complete with guns, of course.
Although Sparks's work isn't as gritty or dogged as the work of a James Patterson or Michael Connelly, he does fine in developing tightly written fiction relating to police work. He furthers his story line with Pete Gandy and Jennifer Romanello, two of the town's cops on complete opposite ends of criminal justice. Gandy is a townie who thinks he is a super cop and has Richard all figured out; he tells Jennifer the case is closed. Meanwhile, Jennifer, a Bronx native whose father was a member of the NYPD, doesn't think too highly of Gandy and clearly believes Richard is up to no good.
Despite being a surprising thriller from Sparks, the copyediting could have been a little tighter. Near the end of the novel, Sparks mentions a 1994 Pontiac Trans Am, but then refers to the car as being a 1984 Trans Am. Which is it? Even though it can be considered a minor error, inaccurate details like this can sometimes ruin a perfectly written novel. In the Author's Note, Sparks says the manuscript was a challenge for him and went through eight revisions. After eight revisions, there is no excuse for the aforementioned miscue.
Reviewed by David Exum on November 16, 2011
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- Genres: Fiction
- Hardcover: 494 pages
- Publisher: Perfection Learning
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Marjorie Taylor Greene's Book Hit by Negative Reviews
Posted: November 21, 2023 | Last updated: November 21, 2023
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene 's new book has apparently been met with negative reviews on the Barnes & Noble website.
The far-right congresswoman's memoir, called MTG , was published in the U.S. on Tuesday.
MTG is marked as a "new release" on the Barnes & Noble website, but its rating is not immediately visible and no customer reviews can be seen on the book's page.
In other parts of the website, the book's rating, which is below two stars out of five, can be seen.
Barnes & Noble and Greene's office have been contacted for comment via email overnight, and this article will be updated if a comment is received.
The book had a 1.6-star rating and seven reviews, according to screenshots of the book's page on the Barnes & Noble site shared by journalist Molly Jong-Fast on X, formerly Twitter , last week.
At time of writing, Greene's book currently has no reviews on Amazon or on Goodreads as it has only just been released. It does not appear to have yet been reviewed by critics in the U.S.
Greene has been promoting her book in recent days. "I talk January 6, I give inside stories about the Swamp you won't hear anywhere else, and yes, I talk about those Jewish Space Lasers," she wrote in a post on X last week.
"What a shameless grifter. Disgusting to be profiting off the suffering of J6ers," fellow Trump ally Laura Loomer wrote in response, adding in another post that Greene's book was "trash."
On Monday, The Guardian reported that the Georgia Republican's book was printed in Canada despite Greene being a leading supporter of former President Donald Trump 's "America First" policies and founder of the America First Caucus.
The Guardian had previously reported that Greene falsely claimed in the book that no Democrats had remained in the House chamber on January 6, 2021, to defend it from supporters of Trump who stormed the U.S. Capitol in a bid to stop the certification of Joe Biden 's 2020 election victory.
Greene wrote: "Several of the Republican congressmen said, 'We're going to stay right here and defend the House chamber.' As they began barricading the door with furniture, I noticed not one Democrat was willing to stay to defend the chamber."
Rep. Jason Crow, a Colorado Democrat, told the newspaper that Greene's claim was "patently false."
Greene "doesn't exist in the same reality as the rest of us," Crow said. "For those of us who were there on January 6 and actually defended the chamber from violent insurrectionists, her view is patently false. She doesn't know what she's talking about."
Greene's book also reportedly dedicates a whole chapter to hitting back at allegations of antisemitism stemming from her infamous claim on social media in 2018 that "Jewish space lasers" had caused wildfires in California.
Greene wrote that she made the claim in a "sarcastic social media post years before I was elected," according to The Forward, a Jewish nonprofit publication.
"My Savior is a Jewish carpenter who died on the cross for my sins, and I have no antisemitic sentiments whatsoever," she wrote.
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From the USA Today bestselling author of Robert Ludlum’s Treadstone series, The Guardian is an action-packed adventure with a hint of romance that’s perfect for fans of Extraction and Romancing the Stone .
When a retired Air Force PJ with nothing to lose is hired to rescue a kidnapped American from the depths of the Congo Basin, what was supposed to be a simple mission quickly turns into a fight for survival …
As a member of the elite Air Force Pararescue, Travis Lane abides by the motto “These things we do, that others may live.” After an injury forces him to consider retirement, he is blindsided when his brother-in-law is killed in the line of duty, leaving Lane as the sole support for his sister and the family farm they can no longer afford.
Desperate for something to help them keep the farm, Lane accepts an offer to join Broadside Solutions, a private company with specially trained military operatives who provide protection for clients all over the world. But it’s trial by fire when his first mission takes him to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to find and retrieve a kidnapped American in the middle of a densely forested jungle.
Infused with the author’s own experience as a parachute infantryman, this high-octane thriller throws the reader deep into the African jungle on a rescue mission where nothing is as it seems.
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Joshua Hood joined the army after graduating with an English degree from the University of Memphis and served as a squad leader with the 1-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Afghanistan, where he was decorated for valor in Operation Furious Pursuit. A former SWAT team member with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department in Memphis, Tennessee, he is a USA Today bestselling author of several books, including Robert Ludlum's Treadstone series. He lives in Collierville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.
Brick has performed on film, television and radio. He appeared on stage throughout the United States in productions of Cyrano, Hamlet, Macbeth and other plays. In addition to his acting work, Brick choreographs fight sequences, and was a combatant in films including Romeo and Juliet , The Fantasticks and Robin Hood: Men in Tights . He has also been hired by Morgan Freeman to write the screenplay adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama .
- ASIN : B0BSXV6V69
- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing (June 27, 2023)
- Publication date : June 27, 2023
- Language : English
- File size : 3283 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 331 pages
- #337 in Military Thrillers (Kindle Store)
- #382 in War & Military Action Fiction (Kindle Store)
- #674 in War Fiction (Books)
About the author
Joshua Hood is the USA Today and Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author of The Treadstone Series, Clear by Fire and Warning Order. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis, a combat veteran with the 82nd Airborne Division and a former SWAT Team member with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department in Memphis, TN.
He currently lives in Collierville, TN and is a full-time author.
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The masks of their antisemitic journalists are falling after the Hamas massacre
I am reading The Guardian online everday since two years. But during the last days I realize more and more that some of the journlists of the Guardian don´t see the difference between being Pro-Palestinian and being Pro-Hamas. Tonight I read an article in which they try to explain that the occupation by Israelis cuased the Hamas massacre. I can´t believe it! They really suggest that the fanatic sick islamists of the Hamas beheaded women, old people and even babies, and that they raped women and cut their breasts etc. because of the occupation of the Westbank? Shame on myself that I was reading nearly two years a super left antisemitic newspaper like The Guardian. For God´s sake I didn´t support them with one Euro so far. Every reader who is against terrorism should write an mail to the companies that advertise int he Guardian and ask them why they publish advertising in a newspaper that doesn´t condemn clearly the Hamas massacre. No to terrorism. No to Hamas. No to antisemitism.
Date of experience : November 22, 2023
Our 2022 Transparency Report has landed
They write about heat pumps in 2023 as….
They write about heat pumps in 2023 as if it is something new and they include climate muppetry in the article. Idiot paper.
Date of experience : November 24, 2023
The Guardian has three offices around the world. They make endless money out of selling the paper, out of selling things online and out of advertising. Yet they keep begging for a donation!
Date of experience : November 16, 2023
I use to see The Guardian as a reliable…
I use to see The Guardian as a reliable news source which would report impartially and unbiased. I remember when The Guardian use to be anti-establishment and critical of societal norms. Now its just a lefty outlet shelling out to the state and elitists that it once despised.
Date of experience : November 15, 2023
Today I have cancelled my subscription…
Today I have cancelled my subscription because of the antisemitic views of its writer Owen Jones, I will not have this little narcissist spreading hate on israel who has the right to defend herself and wants its hostages back.
Date of experience : November 20, 2023
Guardian journalists and editors love…
Guardian journalists and editors love and live from creating scandal, chaos and crises out of any story, with the potential to cause serious harm. More effort is needed from writers to demonstrate that their “reports”, or more accurately “stories”, are based on verifiable fact, honesty and evidence through trusted channels. A depressing bunch their staff are. They appear to see everything in black and white and try to demonise everyone and everything and polarise their gullible readership. It is not a good example for what presumably aspires to be a leading national newspaper.
Date of experience : November 09, 2023
A genuine journalist or reputable…
A genuine journalist or reputable newspaper engages in thorough investigation, interviews, and scrutiny of the world to construct a well-articulated and balanced story. This approach ensures that informed readers can independently shape their opinions and decisions. In contrast, The Guardian selectively presents data, omits crucial information, and espouses biased opinions on national or global issues. This departure from journalistic standards has led to The Guardian no longer serving as a reliable source of information but rather as a platform for ideologues who manipulate the paper to disseminate content aligning with their narrative.
A great writing of Fiction
I don't believe as LL the trouble this news paper is creating. I've purchased this news paper twice over 2 months, and each time I've read stories and reports that are fictitious and over exaggerated. I will no longer read nor purchase this news paper again. Instead I will just watch GB News as they deliberate give and listen to thought, and explain most situations to the people of Britain.
Date of experience : October 26, 2023
I used to like reading the gaurdian it…
I used to like reading the gaurdian it just gave the news and was pretty unbiased .but after watching owen joans mad rants about kier starmer and his antisemetic ravings going to free palastine rallys but nothing about the hostages any decent person would be demonstrating for there release . i cant read it any more any company that can employ people that such views who promote hate is not for me they sicken me
Date of experience : October 18, 2023
Don't subscribe via iTunes
Don't subscribe via iTunes. If you do you can only access it on IOS devices, as I subsequently found out. This should be explained to customers - is it even legal?? Customer service totally unwilling to help - it would have been cheaper for them (after 4 chats) to refund me or transfer me to a multi platform subscription (I assume this exists). Am trying together my money back through apple - wish me luck.
Date of experience : October 04, 2023
The Guardian Support Conversion Therapy
In the past few years, the Guardian has taken a hard swing to the right. Their upper middle class, insulated writers have a disturbing fixation on and hatred of trans people. They have repeatedly lied about and editorialised against trans people in a way I would expect from the Daily Mail, not a purportedly centrist newspaper. However, until recently, they have at least confined their hatred to adults. I was absolutely sickened to see a recent column where the Guardian was promoting the use of conversion therapy on trans children. I want to be clear, I’m not extrapolating or exaggerating. The Guardian column supported the use of so called ‘gender exploratory therapy’ on actual children. Please do not let the euphemistic name fool you. GET was formulated by an anti trans activist. It had been condemned by every reputable medical organisation in America. Proponents of so called ‘gender exploratory therapy’ include conversion therapists, anti-LGBTQ hate groups like ACPeds, Texan governor Gregg Abbot, Ron de Santis and Dr. Mol, a leader of an SPLC recognised hate group - who thinks he can raise the dead via the power of prayer. The Guardian are supporting a form of conversion therapy so regressive, dangerous and damaging, that when it was implemented in Texas, USAF offered affected personnel a no questions asked transfer out of state. I invite you to consider the fact that the Guardian are now less liberal than the United States military.
Date of experience : November 03, 2023
A pathetic bunch of anti British anti…
A pathetic bunch of anti British anti white bigot who have the audacity to call out tax dodger’s when they play zero tax as they a charity yes charity explain how a bigoted rag is a charity
Wolf in sheep's clothing
Another daily and sun. Absolutely horrific coverage of the genocide currently taking place. I thought they would of redeemed themself after the bias against Corbyn. Lost a long standing avide reader.
Date of experience : October 13, 2023
Agree with the 1* reviews on here
Agree with the 1* reviews on here. They have an agenda and will follow it to the letter. Their recent review on the 3rd September, is just typical of what you get. A serious film, dealing with the most abhorrent subject of child sex trafficking. Talking the film down, when really this subject, should have the full light of day applied to it. Trotting out the tired old mantra of conspiracy theorist, Christian bashing and determined to water down its message to the world. You The Guardian, really are well and truly part of the gutter press.
Date of experience : September 04, 2023
The Guardian has brilliant well…
The Guardian has brilliant well discussed articles and is totally reliable. Now in my third year of subscription and it's worth every penny. The Observer on Sunday is so thought provoking and has a wide range of features. Only one downside they never tell you when the payment is due nor is it the account section this is unfair in these hard time. Still worth the money
Date of experience : April 21, 2023
The paper that broke Snowden leaks becomes a mouthpiece of Israeli apartheid in just a few short years. Thank you Viner, thank you Crerar for your undeservedly snobby, tabloid gutter journalism. Shame on you.
Date of experience : October 10, 2023
Dear dear dear
Dear dear dear What have they become, a subsidiary of the BBC. I'm not the best reviewer but I smell certain stuff when it appears. My last review was for Waitrose sprouts so you can judge me if you want. I loved Steve Bell......... Wee wee off Guardian.....
Date of experience : October 16, 2023
The incoming bankruptcy of a struggling paper
Not sure who made them judge. Taking the police job and acting like they discovered something. Were is this energy with Iraq and Afghanistan. Pathetic organisation we unfortunately pay for. Clowns
Date of experience : September 19, 2023
I’ll give my £2 to a homeless person
Not sure wether the guardian is more opinionated or the sun ? So I chose not to read either. But almost every time I Google search anything, the guardians opinions and begging comes up ! At least other papers don’t beg pathetically . Maybe there writers aren’t paid ? And they need to ! I’ll give my £2 to a homeless person.
Date of experience : September 12, 2023
Excellent quality of investigative journalism with well-written articles and reports. The graphics are superb and I regularly use them in my teaching. The source materials are also clearly stated, which is very important to me. It's good to see journalism held to such a high standard at the Guardian, especially in this worrying post-truth era.
Date of experience : August 31, 2023
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