Carsick isn’t a straightforward On the Road clone, however. Waters impishly provides us with not only a day-by-day description of his actual hitchhike, but two novellas...
Over the course of her year at the Agency, Joanna—who is now a poet, journalist, critic, and prize-winning novelist—“finds her own voice by acting as Salinger’s.”...You’ll have to read her beautifully crafted memoir...
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.
The author’s detractors will likely find fault, but this is a fitting cap to a sui generis career, equally satisfying in short installments or read straight through.
Bird’s meticulous account of Ames’s career amid an ongoing Mideast climate of caution and suspicion is one of the best books on American intelligence community.
Will history see Geithner as a great Treasury secretary? That is uncertain. He was certainly effective. But too much of this otherwise self-deprecating memoir is self-defence.
In the end, none of these die-hard fans comes closer to finding the real Dylan, but they discover over and over just why Dylan’s music means so much to them.
Cheney’s biography is lucidly written...and she clearly brings to life the character and personality of Madison. Apart from Ralph Louis Ketcham’s 1971 life, this is probably the best single-volume biography of Madison that we now have.
Whitehead serves up an engrossing mix of casual yet astute reportage and hang-dog philosophizing, showing us that, for all of poker’s intricate calculations and shrewd stratagems, everything still hangs on the turn of a card.
Like Raymond Briggs’s classic Ethel and Ernest, this is a cartoon memoir to laugh and cry, and heal, with—Roz Chast’s masterpiece.
While the author may digress occasionally, readers will relish his writing and devotion to nature and likely won’t begrudge him a bit of family history here and there. A beautifully written memoir/travelogue with readable diversions into philosophy.
It turns out that “Love, Nina” is indeed charming, but only in the best ways. It’s observant, funny, terse, at times a bit rude. It affords a glimpse into a rarefied London social and literary milieu. It’s an “Upstairs, Downstairs” or “Downton Abbey” of sorts...
Ms. Warren's descriptions of herself may be the most interesting part of "A Fighting Chance." To judge by her own account, she seems prone to bullying...Yet she also portrays herself as a small-town gal with an aw-shucks demeanor. She vomits backstage before appearing on "The Daily Show," and on the campaign trail walks "straight into a pole."
Fascinating characters breeze through Vaill’s pages as they once drifted through that lobby, and as they did in her stellar biography of Sara and Gerald Murphy and their sparkling set...
Few Mormons and “Gentiles” get off lightly here, and Beam makes a strong case that they shouldn’t. That may not endear the book to all readers, whatever their beliefs, but it reveals how the fight over Mormonism, one built both on its distinctive claims and its enemies’ intolerance, extends into our day.
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.
The portrait offered in historian Ramachandra Guha’s biography is of Gandhi as a human being, not just a hero...Guha’s biography fills this gap with authority and clarity.
A sympathetic, full-meal-deal biography...Thorough, intelligent and respectful, but more bite would have released more of Updike’s blood.
In the case of "Creativity, Inc.," by Ed Catmull, one of the founders of Pixar Animation, readers will want to take a big bite. Yes, there are clichés here...But the book also offers up a fascinating story about how some very smart people built something that profoundly changed the animation business and, along the way, popular culture.
...this book is a generous reminder, a lesson from someone who is tragically not here to live her life in the admirable way that you know, simply by reading her words, that she would have.