...dig down below the horror trappings, and “Doctor Sleep” is about families. The biological families of Dan and Abra, the “good” family of A.A., to which “Doctor Sleep” is a kind of love song, and the “bad” family of the True Knot.
Fey's great talent as a writer. . . is that she is fearless but not fearsome, and her charming, no-holds-barred attitude is on full display here.
Ms. Hillenbrand is a muscular, dynamic storyteller. . .
Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics.
Whether you agree or disagree, one of the great joys of reading Ta-Nehisi Coates is being challenged in ways you didn’t expect or imagine.
Larson doesn’t side with – or against – the conspiracy theorists, although he clearly thinks the suspicions have some validity. Inevitably, not all of the questions concerning the Lusitania’s fate are answered in Dead Wake, but the virtuosity of the storytelling is watertight.
Walls’s journalistic bare-bones style makes for a chilling, wrenching, incredible testimony of childhood neglect. A pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, thoroughly American story
The book itself is the great metaphorical alchemy of her reassembly: disparate literary and historical parts, brought together into a pulsing song of life. It’s a book to give as a gift, to anyone you know well enough to send sifting through old bones, shattered hearts and mutilated pheasants, in search of grace.
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.
For the most part, I Am Malala succeeds in its lucid explanation of a history unfamiliar to most people in the West, and as a testament to bravery and perseverance.
He offers fascinating and accessible explorations into the workings of the brain. . .
...Brown has picked his subject and central characters well, telling their story with knowledge and passion. “The Boys in the Boat” makes for absorbing and sometimes thrilling reading, even by people who have no previous interest in rowing.
This is the strength of Chbosky’s writing. He crafts Charlie’s voice in a way that defies context. Charlie is inside every lonely teenager and every adult remembers him fondly. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a gift...
I think the best bit about the kite runner is its sense of fate and justice, of good overcoming evil in the end, despite all odds. Without giving away the ending, Amir ends up back in Afghanistan and makes a very different set of sacrifices in order to set things straight.
This is LBJ's world of brutal realpolitik, and Robert Caro welcomes us in: hardly a gay place but, like the best of thrillers, a many-shaded one.
A new generation of women will learn from Sandberg’s experiences, and those of her own generation will be inspired by this thoughtful and practical book.
Collins has done that rare thing. She has written a sequel that improves upon the first book.
Perhaps a bit drifty, dreamy and downbeat at times, “M Train” nonetheless has many lovely set pieces and an overall tone of moody exaltation akin to her music.
Joseph Anton probably won’t convince anyone that Rushdie isn’t arrogant, but anyone who reads it will hopefully conclude that, when it comes to free speech, personality is necessarily beside the point.
Excellence is rare, it is a reason why we value it so much... the telling of her tale is masterful.