Pity the Beautiful retains all that is wonderful about Gioia’s poetry—deep engagement with common life struggles, surprising use of perspective, the use of poetry as both thought piece and narrative.
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’s storytelling makes this a beautiful, frightening, and unforgettable read.
...Neuman combines love and intrigue with serious intellectual engagement.
Decisively back in the form that permanently etched his name onto a list of unforgettable writers, Díaz . . . brings life to the short story with a voice that demands attention . . . these stories pulsate with raspy ghetto hip-hop and the subtler yet more vital echo of the human heart.
The 16 stories in this deliciously addictive collection boast killer beginnings, clever yet less-than-obvious plots and mousetrap endings.
...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 less an elegy to the lost son than a tribute to those who remain.
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.
In telling the stories of these men, Ms. Stott—who is also a novelist—writes with a novelist's flair.
A truly heartbreaking account of the ugly brilliance of international adoption and child trafficking. The details are laid before the reader of how poor countries can be exploited and good people mislead and intimidated.
...the nuances of mundane interactions are brilliantly captured, and the overarching mystery deepens with each page, until the thoroughly satisfying dénouement.
Robbins’s approach is a solid counterweight to Milarch’s unique, and equally crystal clear, spiritual vision.
Thorne populates her pages with characters who are fascinating and sharply drawn.
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.
...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.
In the hands of a less entertaining writer, this could have been a tedious tract
While the player section is a blast, I think the DM’s section is the best part of the book...There’s a sense of completion here that I just don’t think they’re going to be able to beat.
Alice Munro creates tales that have the scope and amplitude of novels.