There have been peeks inside Ms. Lee’s world. Journalists have made the pilgrimage to Monroeville, Ala., where she has hidden in plain sight all these decades...I simply wish it were a good book...It doesn’t so much spill the beans about Ms. Lee as infantilize her.
The derring-do–packed history of “one of the first efforts by the CIA to leverage books as instruments of political warfare.”...A fast-paced political thriller about a book that terrified a nation.
Plowing her way through 460,000 items of Clare’s restricted papers at the Library of Congress, a collection bigger than that of most presidents, Ms. Morris was the only author given complete access. She has also uncovered rich sources elsewhere...
Drawing upon extensive research, Birmingham skillfully converts the dust of the archive into vivid narrative, steeping readers in the culture, law, and art of a world forced to contend with a masterpiece.
In another writer-director’s hands, this might seem gauche, but Waters loves and is fascinated by his own celebrity, and he wears it well.
With this rich trove of material her book is at times funny, warm, emotional — a sort of personal bildungsroman that powerfully evokes both the angst of early adulthood and life in literary New York in the mid-1990s.
That Clinton keeps her cards close to her chest can be read as proof positive of a presidential run in her future. Maybe after that, she can finally give us the goods.
There are many nice moments in “Tibetan Peach Pie.” (Explaining the title is not worth the effort.) But it’s mostly a string of anecdotes; the author doesn’t reach deep for genuine self-examination. His similes sometimes work; just as often, they’re a professional charmer’s determined overkill.
A low-key, respectful life of a decent American officer whose quietly significant work helped lead to the Oslo Accords.
He says that the financial rescue programs enacted in the crisis years were a success because the alternative—which no one can ever know—would have been far worse. What we do know is that, six years later, the economy is suffering through a historically weak recovery and the emergency programs haven't ended.
A nascent Dylanologist himself, Kinney writes with a certain authority about these “pilgrims” who wander happily “down the rabbit hole” in search of...
Cheney conclusively demonstrates through the historical record that Madison, in word and deed, was a primary figure in shaping early American development and successfully establishes “a deeper understanding of the man who did more than any other to conceive and establish the nation we know.”
Since his narrative doesn’t proceed chronologically to a natural climax, he jumps around a bit with time. A minor work by a major novelist, a busman’s holiday, but engaging in its color and character.
No one has perfect parents and no one can write a perfect book about her relationship to them. But Chast has come close.
It is a collage of memoir, cultural history and travelogue in which the author makes pilgrimage to ever more distant seas to swim with whales and dolphins. These encounters yield some of the most vivid writing in the book...
...it does leave one tantalised, longing to know what Wilmers, Bennett, Miller and company thought of Nina – and what they said about her behind her back.
The author’s use of antiquated language—even outside historical documents—adds color to his writing but may also be a source of confusion for some readers...A fascinating history that, while particularly appealing to those interested in religion, is sure to inform a far wider audience.
A frankly partisan memoir that provides shrewd insights into both national politics and the state of the middle class.
Ultimately, what Vaill seems to be mulling over in this book is the age-old question of what war does to people: whether it brings out altruism or naked self-interest. ...Like the discovery of the Mexican suitcases, Vaill's Hotel Florida adds to the cold hard facts — as well as to the enduring mystique — of the Spanish Civil War.
In a book of this scope, the narrative is inevitably top-heavy in spots, and the plot wears thin toward the end, but this is storytelling at its most seductive, a brash historical adventure.