...these are tough hard-won poems and they offer little comfort -- they are in the tradition of Eliot's conservatism, in the tradition of stoic restraint.
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.
Bohjalian is a literary novelist... his books are also filled with artfully drawn characters and great, passionate storytelling. "The Sandcastle Girls" is all that, but different, more powerful.
I confess that when I was breathing the rarefied atmosphere of Mr. Neuman's world and wrapped in the intoxicating mists of his characters' ceaseless talk, the novel's length and spaciousness seemed like virtues.
Then a book like Junot Díaz's lands in our laps, and we're reminded of the acrobatic word wizardry that a true master can bring to the simple printed page.
...by the pleasures provided by this pacy, readable and entertaining manifesto for a zoobiquitous approach to health and wellbeing, to be welcomed by vets and other human animals.
...is a short-story collection rich in piercing insights and slow-burning emotional truths.
The most powerful and unexpected effect in this compassionate and beguiling novel is not what it tells us about Leo and his final days, but how much Henkin makes us care about those he has left behind.
Ms. Hauser’s book is a refreshing reminder of the hurdles newcomers to this country still face and how many defy the odds to overcome them.
The Violinist's Thumb's most refreshing aspect is the light it sheds on the role women played in studying DNA and genetics.
Stott has done a wonderful job in showing just how many extraordinary people had speculated on where we came from before the great theorist dispelled all doubts.
Along with its moving personal story of a family torn asunder, Finding Fernanda can also be read as a call to action.
She has written a fantastic, funny novel. Its affecting characters, not-necessarily-nice humor and surprising plot twists make this novel an enchanting ride.
A rousing call-to-action to plant trees to save the environment.
The family is believably and sadly dysfunctional, and readers will empathize with each character through their highs and lows
...is an amazingly assured first novel. If its subject matter suggests it as a summer read, its scrutiny of a social class recommends it as a novel to savor, and certifies Maggie Shipstead as a novelist to value.
Nearly every paragraph in this book has multiple interpretations. Once all the questions are answered, the reader is left...floored at life’s essential mysteries, and frustrated that they cannot be relived.
In the hands of a less entertaining writer, this could have been a tedious tract
...if you or your group is new to D&D, Into the Unknown would be a great addition to your library. For everyone else, you’re not throwing your money away but you’ll get most of the benefit this book has to offer you in the character builder.
To open an Alice Munro collection is to anticipate what awaits. If you love Munro’s work — and I do — you already know and crave what you’ll find in Dear Life: an atmosphere that she alone can create, that is too complex and layered to be easily distilled...