The book ends with their last days and conversations, as Mapplethorpe died of AIDs in 1989. It’s clear that he will always be important for Smith. She took a vow to protect him when they were just kids and she is still taking care of him, eloquently sharing his legacy through her evocative memories and stories.
In ''The Kite Runner,'' Khaled Hosseini gives us a vivid and engaging story that reminds us how long his people have been struggling to triumph over the forces of violence -- forces that continue to threaten them even today.
Smith, too, has weathered storms, but as she eloquently demonstrates in M Train, there's a spooky beauty in those ramshackle things and people that defy conventional wisdom and keep on standing.
This ambitious first novel introduces 16-year-old Miles Halter, whose hobby is memorizing famous people's last words...But the novel's chief appeal lies in Miles's well-articulated lust and his initial excitement about being on his own for the first time. Readers will only hope that this is not the last word from this promising new author.
But it is excellent nonfiction, chronicling the hurly-burly planning and construction of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (which did, as the title suggests, include building what amounted to an entire city) and a cruelly calculating sociopath who used the event's tumult and crowds to serve his homicidal compulsion.
After reading the book, I feel like I managed to pick up the main ideas that Oscar Wilde was trying to convey.
Ansari’s eminently readable book is successful, in part, because it not only lays out the history, evolution, and pitfalls of dating, it also offers sound advice on how to actually win today's constantly shifting game of love. Often hilarious, consistently informative, and unusually helpful.
It was Rebecca that made me realize I didn't wish my life were more like a Gothic novel.
Reading it is like having a rambling conversation with a close friend. When you pick the book up after putting it down, it feels as if he’s been waiting for you to come back into the room so he can pick up where you left off. No matter what he’s been talking about...what matters is the book makes you feel he’s talking directly to you.
The most evocative sections of the book take place at the seat of the riot grrrl movement, Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington...
...has proved to be the most lasting element of Burnett's literary legacy. Perhaps that shouldn't surprise us, given how ahead of its time it was.
Lepucki's cautious dystopia never quite asks the right questions of us, ultimately to the detriment of the novel.
For me, this book was about the real thing! How issues are actually dealt with, relationships formed and family ties strengthened, and not like your usual OMG teenager drama!
The story is powerful as much for what is suggested as for what is told. It leaves the reader in a mood of chastened wonder...the weight of the story as a revelation of life and as a work of art becomes apparent. And it is very great.
In watching these two Price sisters grow up...the reader is made to understand not only the ways in which a father's sins are visited upon (and expiated by) his children, but also the ways in which private lives can be shaped and shattered by public events.
Plot? Hardly any. Interesting characters? None. Fine writing? Only if you consider it to be noble to tell a limited story with as many words as possible.
He takes her to a mushroom town, buys a lot, puts up a store and makes the town sit up and take notice. His success goes to his head -- their life becomes a mockery of her high hopes. And after his death, she goes off with a youth who brings her happiness and tragedy. A poignant story, told with almost rhythmic beauty.
Twenty-four years after a traumatic disappearance tore a Georgia family apart, Slaughter’s scorching stand-alone picks them up and shreds them all over again...Slaughter...is so uncompromising in following her blood trails to the darkest places imaginable that she makes most of her high-wire competition look pallid, formulaic, or just plain fake.
Anyone who had fallen for Gordon’s steely cool – and the hope that an unconventional woman could have art, love, freedom, success, and a family – won’t be disappointed to learn that Gordon was often feeling her way, just like the rest of us...Throughout, Gordon is front and centre, solo – a suburban, middle-class girl, but complicated.
The two characters – the father and his son – are nameless throughout the novel. We read on because we want to know what happens to these two. Will they both survive? Where will they end up? Or perhaps another reason we keep turning the pages is the curiosity to know more about this distraught world that McCarthy has created with so much detail.