While it is not the literary masterpiece it might have been had Leigh Fermor been able to work his magic, it captures the joy of the open road, the fresh view he gives of Europe as it began to show the stresses that led to world war, and the glimpses of a long-lost life and innocence.
This illuminating collection shows a writer at his most inquisitive, gazing deeply under the surface of things and grappling with the difficulties of personal and collective memory.
The story is fast-paced and full of the expected twists and turns, some of which caught me by surprise. As a thriller, it’s a good read and while the plot is complicated, Hole does well enough in linking them all together.
Bravo, Richard Powers, for hitting so many high notes with Orfeo and contributing to the fraction of books that really matter.
These depictions of Roger Ailes as something other than a frothing, ratings-mad showman-provocateur may be cases of damning with faint praise. But it’s about as a fair and balanced an account as one could hope to read about someone who has so weightily tipped the scales of American political life to the right.
...what makes Happy City such an instructive book is that it first describes the pathologies distressing big cities, globally, and then outlines the solutions that can offer a cure.
Casualties spawn new theories, as those thought dead turn out to be alive...and the complexities suggest that “the human brain is a four-dimensional labyrinth. Everyone’s been there; no one knows the way.” A surprise ending promises a fresh start for a series that had appeared to end with its previous novel.
Stone does know when to provide a breather with entertaining anecdotes about Amazon’s competitive jujitsu.
For the most part, I Am Malala succeeds in its lucid explanation of a history unfamiliar to most people in the West, and as a testament to bravery and perseverance.
Fans of Parks and Recreation and Offerman’s brand of deadpan humor are sure to gorge themselves on the healthy portion he provides.
While it would be easy to mock some of Tesson's haughtiest moments as typical Parisian high-mindedness, the fact he's so unabashed about his soul-searching is what sets the book apart from the typical 21st-century memoir.
Seuss explores the same philosophical message in his own inimitably wise and witty style.
I would recommend this book to any Nicholas Sparks fan or to anyone looking for a bit of great romance and emotion that will definitely pull at your heart strings. Just … make sure you have a tissue before you start reading!
...a vital nonpartisan critique of the policies of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and the school privatization movement.
Thank heaven that Ward did not yield to the terrible temptation she describes to draw a razor across her wrist in despair after her brother’s death, but rather sat down and told this awful, necessary story.
Inauthentic though Foer's creations may seem, they are suffused with... a yearning to reconstitute a shattered past, to... express the inexpressible. In this he is as sincere and committed as he needs to be.
While “StrengthsFinder 2.0″ is a quick read and a relatively inexpensive way to assess career talents, it doesn’t necessarily prove its worth doing so.
Ms Ripley packs a startling amount of insight in this slim book. She notes that Finland, Poland and South Korea all experienced moments of crisis—economic and existential—before they buckled down and changed their stories.
Masquerading as melodrama, "The Infatuations" gradually unmasks itself as a philosophical crime-scene investigation, in which Marías' scalpel-like prose and microscopic observations...By savoring obscure motives and absurd turns of fate, he dispels facile explanations of why people commit extreme acts of love, anger, mercy, betrayal.
Reading Boris Kachka's enormously entertaining "Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus & Giroux" makes one yearn for that bygone era and its larger than life players.