"Call Me Burroughs" isn't a literary or critical biography, but in all these pages Mr. Miles might have found space to evoke the writing that made Burroughs more than just another slumming remittance man.
Much of the candy-box addictiveness of Mr. Maupin’s books lies in the hairpin turns of his plotting, so I will resist divulging much more...
We all know that life is tangled and messy. Still, in reminding readers of this fact, Lamb turns in a satisfyingly grown-up story, elegantly written.
The first half of the book, though, relies heavily on quotes from Burns's letters, often strung together with little transition or narrative logic.
Colored with quirky, picturesque details of Bay Area counter culture...Abbott's narrative balances idiosyncratic flourishes with universal emotions of anger, resentment, jealousy, and guilt.
...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.
The Fan Who Knew Too Much is a fine collection, but it's chiefly notable for one essay..."The Children and Their Secret Closet,"...
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...
Bornstein can be a challenging and confusing narrator at times, but is sympathetic in her universal struggle to be comfortable in her own skin and her attempt to come to peace with the paradox that is her life.
...Hockney has never ceased questing. A personal, lively look at this extraordinary artist’s career. Readers will eagerly await the second volume.
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.
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.