Barry Miles has bravely set about writing the life of someone who was less a human being than a ghoul, a wraith, or – at his most substantial – a shadow.
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.
Abbott’s writing is at its best describing the throes of adolescence.
...a prolonged and unsentimental backward glance...
...Sheila Heti does know something about how many of us, right now, experience the world, and she has gotten that knowledge down on paper, in a form unlike any other novel I can think of.
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.
Nothing is ever so dark that good people can’t make the world better by turning on more lights, he suggests, and that makes In One Person’s conclusion a thing of beauty.
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.
You come away from this biography surprised less by the larksome adventures than by his incorruptible work ethic.
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.
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.
From the first page, readers are drawn into the stories, and despite the complexity of plot lines, we read quickly, driven to discover what will happen next.
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.
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...