A Boring Page-Turner: “The Whistler” Reviewed


On page one of John Grisham’s new novel, The Whistler, we’re introduced to a character that is napping. It’s fitting, because this book will put you to sleep.

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Intelligent Goons: “Black Superhero Music” Reviewed

A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.

– Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Society demands that we be easily categorized. We are defined not only by our race, gender, geographical location, and political leanings, but also by the things we buy, wear, and drive, and how we choose to spend our days and nights.

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Ranking All 34 John Grisham Books


John Grisham has released thirty-four books — thirty-two novels, one collection of short stories and one work of non-fiction. Since I have loved his work (to varying degrees) for years — flaws and all — I decided to rank them.

(This list excludes the Theodore Boone series and Kindle singles.)

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A Character-Driven Book Unlike Anything I’ve Ever Read: “Thirty-Three Cecils” Reviewed


When people know that you read a lot or they always see you with a book in your hand, it becomes an easy topic of conversation. Questions such as, “What are you reading?” and “How’s that book?” are heard frequently. Most people are genuinely curious, not only to know if you like the book, but also if they will like it.

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The Best Books I Read in 2015

The best books I read in 2015.

This list will be different than most because only a few of them actually came out this year — that’s just when I finally got to know them. There are plenty of celebrated works that were released this year — Between the World and Me, Dead Wake, A Spool of Blue Thread — that I simply haven’t gotten to yet.

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Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, none of them nearly as successful as any of these, but all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. He has been quoted on Buzzfeed and Deadspin. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.