For die-hard Burroughs fans, Call Me Burroughs will likely fill in small details of its subject’s life that were left in question. For people looking for an introduction to the man’s life and work, reading his Wikipedia page would save a lot of time.
In his singularly perceptive voice, Lamb immerses his characters and the novel’s readers in powerful moments of hope and redemption and shocking descriptions of violence and abuse.
The first half of the book, though, relies heavily on quotes from Burns's letters, often strung together with little transition or narrative logic.
Abbott’s writing is at its best describing the throes of adolescence.
...a prolonged and unsentimental backward glance...
Ms Heti’s mordant take on modernity encourages introspection. It is easy to see why a book on the anxiety of celebrity has turned the author into one herself.
A cook’s tour through the passions of an expert whose style is as eclectic as his subject matter.
While many readers will admire her enthusiasm, a pronouncement of ultimate victory seems premature at best.
The volume will have particular appeal to readers of gender studies, but these stories ultimately prove that true partnership is gender blind.
Mr. Irving is unfailingly respectful and broad-minded in exploring these subjects...
This cri de coeur, which appears in a letter to her estranged daughter and grandchildren, suggests that Bornstein has made real sacrifices to follow her own advice, and can therefore dispense it with integrity.
. . .the timing couldn't be better for this enjoyable and well-sourced book, which — like Hockney's own work — is both conversational and perceptive.
The screwy sense of the preposterous imbued in so many of Lynch’s on-screen characters is in full effect here, even when the author recalls some of her darkest moments...Achingly sad and sweetly comic at the same time.
The conflicts enmeshing all these characters...are gripping, and Weiner’s elucidation of socio-economic determinism is as sharp as ever.
Maupin's alternately playful and sentimental tales depict an all-too-easily satirized population of transients and toffs living in and around San Francisco.
It’s standard mystery fare, but with enough panache to be entertaining.
The writing is not a standout. There are no passages that are memorable for creative beauty.
This book is rich in detail of both the essential normalcy and the difficulties of a young person with cerebral palsy.
As if writing a cycle of death and resurrection, which her book in part resembles, Ann Patchett divides it in two. First is Sabine's version of the end of her story...Then, in the second part, life begins again.
Giovanni's Room was a mesmerizing book for a young seminarian — a fantasy of forbidden bars and a homosexuality that was taboo to even talk about, to acknowledge...