"The author is at his best when he provides analysis, such as opining that Lafayette’s “weakness was a thirst for glory but none for power.” One wishes for more of such moments; nonetheless, readers interested in Lafayette will find a comprehensive account here."
"Mera’s book is too short to deliver a comprehensive or compelling argument. Still, for those interested in a different viewpoint than is traditionally espoused, it does offer insight on the perspective of those who claim that Japan was unfairly accused of enslaving the comfort women."
"With its memories of the free-wheeling lifestyle that was once possible, Travels with King Kong will attract those who trekked in that era (and those who wished they had), and could perhaps inspire a few hardy souls to wander."
"Part interfering yenta, part philosopher, part drama queen, Bubbie pontificates on life, guiding her extended family in America...Her stirring story is one that should be widely shared."
"Vaden has certainly lived an interesting life. While this book will no doubt enthrall those who have travelled with the author, however, it’s less likely to resonate with general readers looking for gripping armchair adventure."
"Debut novelist Jana Petken delivers a powerful family epic that chronicles the travails of an expatriate British woman and her family during the Spanish Civil War… Petken masterfully moves the gripping action along by creating credible characters and suspenseful plot twists."
"One of the historian’s jobs is to take all the shards—all the accounts, statistics, stories, and documents of a particular time—and make them click into place like a pattern in a kaleidoscope...Miller discloses the details with a master’s touch for synecdoche..."
"After The Wind is a thoughtful, well-written love story of Kasischke’s dedication to his wife and anchor Sandy and his passion for climbing. It delivers an edge-of-your-seat description of navigating and mountaineering Everest and is punctuated with beautiful illustrations nestled in each chapter."
"Landlocked readers, or even those who simply know little about cargo ships, will enjoy O'Neill's personal anecdotes. He writes with conversational clarity, describing the process of treating ropes and nets that left him reeking of (wood) smoke and punished by a teacher who thought he was smoking cigarettes."
"This historically enriching memoir brims with gripping detail of everything from the war’s destructiveness. The memoir’s minor typos and spelling missteps never diminish the vivid, detailed trek through Gisela’s difficult young life.This captivating memoir is a gem deserving of a wide audience."
"The author is more storyteller than highly polished writer. There are occasional grammatical errors ("I own her a debt") and missing quotation marks, and she mentions places and events that readers will likely be unfamiliar with, such as Bridget "walking all the way up to the Boghall Road.” More explanation would have helped."
A lively and entertaining travelogue, well worth reading, with a wry and mischievous lilt to it. Anyone who enjoys colorful characters and cultural collisions will like this book, and anyone who likes to cook will enjoy the appendix.
"Harper provides vivid background about shady politics and ethnic friction in South Texas. And he honestly reveals his own conflicts: “a large part of my being, of my core, and most certainly my heart . . . is Mexican,” he writes. But he has no problem if Chicanos view his book as “exculpatory on behalf of the Anglo.”
“…a colorfully illustrated collection of factoids about the world’s fourth largest country…despite some flaws, Let’s Go to China! retains appeal as a grab-bag of fun facts for children.”
“Frank Hill’s startling memoir is an unvarnished look at his 1968-69 tour of duty in Vietnam. ‘War is like living in a cesspool...At first the stench of napalm and death is incomprehensible.’ But soon, he adds, ‘Killing and death is just another day at work.’…a remarkably authentic and moving personal account.”
… vivid storytelling … will appeal to world travelers with like experiences who have learned some lessons the hard way and others as a lively cautionary tale.
Often a truly enjoyable read, this is not, however, for the impatient person, as Rodman’s style depends greatly on repetition … a well-imagined and satisfying read …
A fine addition to the "English country life" genre, and will thoroughly charm the Anglophilic reader, or any fan of witty slice-of-life commentary. If you like Bill Bryson's travelogues, give this one a try.
"Hammond may be right. But he doesn't make his case effectively. Untrained in economics, political science or journalism, Hammond is simply convinced that “spiritual idealism” will one day bring “faith, hope and love” to a democratic China, and bases his view on vague readings of the Chinese zeitgeist…"
Marie maintains that everything America needs for victory is already present … as a readable, thoughtful presentation of that argument, Marie’s book deserves a wide readership.