The Fan Who Knew Too Much is a fine collection, but it's chiefly notable for one essay..."The Children and Their Secret Closet,"...
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.
Profound, moving, and—as Charlotte would say—radiant, this book will stay with anyone lucky enough to find it.
A bracing, no-nonsense memoir, infused with fresh takes on love, death and human nature.
Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author's gift for affecting prose that illuminates the struggles within relationships.
...often threatens to stray from operatic intensity to soap opera melodrama. But Dennis-Benn redeems it with her striking portrayal of a vibrant community where everyone is related and every action reverberates...
Is such a concept a contrivance? Of course it is. But the point of this magnificent collection is that all our endeavors are contrivance and yet utterly essential just the same.
Readers are meant to feel big things, and they will—Nelson’s novel brims with emotion (grief, longing, and love in particular) as Noah, Jude, and the broken individuals in their lives find ways to heal.
Smith is...an insightful, nuanced reader of poetry, and the book’s copious, well-curated quotations from Ovid to Wallace Stevens to Jackie Kay will inspire many readers to revisit (or visit) the form.
There’s gender fluidity, bodily fluids, the fluid nature of language, the ebb and flow of life and death. But at its center is always love, its meaning ever renewed, from its first utterance on a cold cement floor to the last, which, in this ongoing narrative, still has yet to be said.
Robinson is adept at studying the small print and reading between the lines but she never forgets to look up at the stars.
The volume will have particular appeal to readers of gender studies, but these stories ultimately prove that true partnership is gender blind.
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.
...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.
Chabon's technique is finely tuned with this novel. His prose is verbose but eloquent, and direct or vivid when he needs to be. There was not one page without a wonderful and uniquely written sentence. He is a writer's writer.
There are a couple of clunkers here, but so what? Even Homer nods, and elsewhere, for the sheer joy of writing, and thinking, and helping you think better yourself, often about the most unlikely things, DFW is unsurpassable. I really, really wish he was still alive.
This book is beautifully crafted and written with understanding for those people who have disabilities. The description and the story are well thought out and there are parts that make you cry and parts that make you laugh.
This Mary is down-to-earth, afraid and furious by turns. “Stubborn” may describe her best.
It is this “watcher” trait that makes Hodgman such a successful memoirist: He watches Betty, not always with the eye of a son, but as an observer. And he does the same with himself.
How a politically conservative middle-class family defended their transgender daughter against bigotry and won a groundbreaking legal victory affirming gender identity...A timely, significant examination of the distinction between sexual affinity and sexual identity.