Thursday Evening Book Reviews

Michiko Kakutani peruses a “daring and remarkable novel” set against the oppressive backdrop of North Korea in Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son. (NYTimes)

Bob Minzesheimer gives Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas three-and-a-half stars. (USAToday)

Terry Eagleton says that what Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists does is “is hijack other people’s beliefs, empty them of content and redeploy them in the name of moral order, social consensus and aesthetic pleasure.” And that’s the nice part of the review. (The Guardian)

Dinesh Ramde finds Lunatics, by Dave Barry and Alan Zeibel, “creative, unusual and over the top.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

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