A good time to read this book is when it’s freezing outside and there are about four months of winter left. You might be miserable at that prospect, but lose yourself in the Oh family and you’ll realise you’re pretty well-off.
We come away from Dreadful frankly puzzled and more than a little frazzled, with no more insight into this obscure, even invisible man than we had on first opening the book.
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.
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...
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.
. . .the timing couldn't be better for this enjoyable and well-sourced book, which — like Hockney's own work — is both conversational and perceptive.
Her honest insights make this a potent page-turner...
Armistead Maupin's love letter to gay 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.
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...