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.
More “Tales of the City”...with the former residents of 28 Barbary Ln. still fluttering around their erstwhile landlady...Sweet, undemanding entertainment most suitable for longtime fans.
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 offers unforgettable glimpses into a community that has since left an indelible mark on both the literary and social histories of one of America’s most colorful cities.
...a prolonged and unsentimental backward glance...
Heti’s verbal restraint keeps How Should a Person Be? Both grounded and off-balance. When she lets that restraint go, as in a tour de force sexual fantasia about an abusive lover named Israel, its power is all the more startling.
These essays form a highly personal epilogue to "The Gospel Sound" and allow Mr. Heilbut to deploy a confessional mode that suits his elegy for a dying American art.
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.
“In One Person” gives a lot. It’s funny, as you would expect. It’s risky in what it exposes.
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.
...Hockney has never ceased questing. A personal, lively look at this extraordinary artist’s career. Readers will eagerly await the second volume.
At no point in the book does Lynch say anything negative about a single person...
Then Came You is a perfect summer read, complete with soap opera-like vignettes, romance and fantasy.
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 the intrigue, however, that really keeps readers coming back for more. It's an integral part of each of Woods's novels.
Picoult abandons her usual efforts to present an equal view of both sides of an issue—Max is a pitiful right-wing puppet; Zoe, Vanessa, and their attorney are saintly...
This book is rich in detail of both the essential normalcy and the difficulties of a young person with cerebral palsy.
It was part of life — not of my buttoned-up life, but of the noisy immigrant life made real in the pages of Betty Smith's novel — and it was sometimes a part that caused heartbreak or chaos.