Concise and relatively short, “The Stranger in the Woods” is possessed of a readability that borders on the compulsive. Filled with details writ both large and small, the book allows a glimpse (albeit an unavoidably incomplete one) at the sort of man who would willingly embrace such a life.
Think of it as the Badly Tuned Lyre of Orpheus, or the Myth of the Off-Key Sirens: Bad Singer is an essential tale about how human beings, even those of us with tin ears, can’t help but be drawn to music.
The thickly bound format is ideally read in bed. This is just the kind of book to shut out the world with a sense of Scandinavian comfort.
It might have done with another edit – the word “glittering” is overused and there is a pervasive sense of material overstretched, especially towards the end – but at its best this is an enthralling story...
Payoff is heavily influenced by Viktor Frankl’s celebrated work Man’s Search for Meaning...This is all true, and characteristically engagingly written.
Labyrinths, Catrine Clay’s absorbing new biography, charts the twists and turns in some of the key lives involved in that historical moment, in particular those of Emma Jung and her more famous husband, Carl.
Not since Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain have such arduously yearning treks been made through maddening, heartbreaking obstructions in the name of love.
Egan also counsels that things are never as they appear, that there are layers to every decision, good and bad. As the title suggests, this is not just a book about dying. It’s one that will inspire readers to make the most of every day.
The author's access to this troubled basketball player - the two even lived in the same house at one point - gives this an authentic feel. Addiction stories are never fun, but this certainly shows what Marvin Barnes went through over the years.
There isn’t much literature on the Enneagram, with little for curious evangelical Christians. Cron and Stabile’s approach is likely to appeal particularly to thoughtful younger Christians.
Hartwig succeeds in making the case that seemingly uncontrollable desires for food truly can be conquered with hard work.
...decided to investigate the phenomenon and his book, The Voices Within, is the intriguing result of his research.
A list of “my 65 favorite get-strong exercises” rounds out the book, most requiring no more than free weights or a yoga ball. Vonn has created an inspiring narrative, along with a seductive means of getting healthy and fit.
"What Are You Willing to Give Up for Happiness? serves as a great little guidebook for corporate employees and other readers, who will undoubtedly welcome her ideas on how to handle relationships at work and at home."
Readers who are open to these teachings and wonder why people do what they do will have their questions answered many times over.
“Bitch 2” has a more mature and existential feel to it than “Bitch 1,” which makes it all the more jarring when a few of the essays come to trite conclusions. But in the stronger pieces, which often pop with subversive wit, the anger of the previous book has been replaced by a graceful reckoning...
I believe she truly wanted to share her story with others in the hopes that those who are going through a similar ordeal will feel some comfort knowing they are not alone in their battle with this terrible disease. Vargas has succeeded in achieving this important objective.
Though told by two outsiders to the culture, this timely and well-crafted story will educate readers on the preciousness of potable water.
The Creativity Challenge by K.H. Kim makes a convincing case for the gradual decline in American creativity over the past quarter century, and follows up with a plausible explanation.
Long cycled around Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk and created an ad hoc map, leaving stakes behind him – a playful work about making a mark. With this unmissable book, Jon Day makes his.