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.
Seuss explores the same philosophical message in his own inimitably wise and witty style.
Much more is revealed as this brilliant fiction works thrilling variations on, and consolations for, its plangent message: that “in the end, everyone loses everyone.” Yes, but look what Foer has found.
A compelling, instructive account regarding education in America, where the arguments have become “so nasty, provincial, and redundant that they no longer lead anywhere worth going."
Marías’ novel operates on so many levels simultaneously, it becomes a piece of evidence itself, an artifact that proves its own argument. It is a dizzying feat that relegates “metafiction” to that dreary province literary terms go should...The Infatuations does so artfully, that life and fiction are inventions often made from the same materials.
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.
The Dark Road is harsh, and harshly alive, as are the works of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Thomas Bernhard, Ralph Ellison, and Audre Lorde: they are works of lament.
We really do need to be informed, and this is the place to start.
This writer's own story is a central theme of this gripping book. When she flew the nest at 17, Solnit was presented by her parents with a broken suitcase and a travel clock that didn't work, and they never gave her anything else again.
Mr. Ruge’s novel is a pulsing, vibrant, thrillingly alive work, full of formal inventiveness, remarkable empathy and, above all, mordant and insightful wit.
His journeys renew his sense of being eternally an outsider in Italy, yet he also recognizes how warmly he has taken to his adopted country. Enchanting travels with the good-natured Parks.
Whether we vote for Obama or not, we owe it to ourselves to know the person we are voting for. “The Amateur” lays it out better than anything I’ve seen.
...a shattering parable of honest individuals caught up in the corruption of our times.
This fourth instalment in the Hole series is often great fun, but overlong.
...because the authors assail Kennedy’s thesis mainly through numbers, they miss a larger, more subtle point: that the cost of foreign military adventures saps a nation’s energies...
While Ms. Fox, in the manner of Dava Sobel’s Longitude, writes a compelling prose to frame a scientific detective story, Alice Kober’s heretofore neglected role in the deciphering of Linear B is the book’s other and no less important achievement.
In addition, we find the wistful, nostalgic tone—a Bradbury trademark—and his preoccupation with children and the most child-like of technologies: namely spaceships, human-like robots...
...through its well-realized heroine's evolving consciousness, "Maya's Notebook" exerts a raw and genuine power.
Reading “The Great Deformation” is like being yelled at by a humourless and rather fanatical street-corner preacher brandishing a well-thumbed thesaurus.
...I am...convinced anyone can learn something from her life’s journey and accumulated wisdom.