...with The Paying Guests, Waters has not only crafted a vivid portrait of class dissolution in post-WWI London, but also a look at the achingly human need for a sense of purpose and, if we’re lucky, a little intimacy.
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...
Still, it's an admirable undertaking, evoking the spirit of his literary hero, Charles Dickens, to examine a serious social issue without losing sight of the truth that those ultimate questions are rooted in the everyday world of living, breathing people.
This book is rich in detail of both the essential normalcy and the difficulties of a young person with cerebral palsy.
Either version is worth a read. Not only is the portrait one of the most enduring images in popular culture, but our relentless lust for good looks at any price is perhaps more relevant today than ever.
In his singularly perceptive voice, Lamb immerses his characters and the novel’s readers in powerful moments of hope and redemption and shocking descriptions of violence and abuse.
The fact that Eilis doesn't always live at a high pitch is just another of the things that make her seem so real. It should also only really be taken as a compliment to the book that one reaches the end hungry for more.
...a valuable contribution to public discourse in the United States.
Lovely, understated and powerfully sad, The Testament of Mary finally gives the mother of Jesus a chance to speak.
This book, in my eyes, was utter perfection. Told from the perspective of Ari, a quiet boy who has shrunk inside himself as he's grown up around a brother in prison who he knows nothing about, a mother in denial and a father haunted by the war. That's until Dante comes along.
A rousing labor of love by a major contemporary author, Kavalier & Clay reveals that sometimes the horrors generated by popular artists can both reflect and ricochet.
It was part of life — not of my buttoned-up life, but of the noisy immigrant life made real in the pages of Betty Smith's novel — and it was sometimes a part that caused heartbreak or chaos.
Composed, logically derived, this grim forecasting blueprints the means and methods of mass control, the techniques of maintaining power, the fundamentals of political duplicity, and offers as arousing a picture as the author's previous Animal Farm. Certain to create interest, comment, and consideration.
You come away from this biography surprised less by the larksome adventures than by his incorruptible work ethic.
Despite the many flashes of brilliance in this book, Dawkins’s failure to appreciate just how hard philosophical questions about religion can be makes reading it an intellectually frustrating experience.
The conflicts enmeshing all these characters...are gripping, and Weiner’s elucidation of socio-economic determinism is as sharp as ever.
Today, while not as merciless in its analysis as The House of Mirth, Wharton's late masterpiece stands as a fierce indictment of a society estranged from culture and in desperate need of a European sensibility.
I couldn’t recommend it more! With all of its quirks, I’ll Give You The Sun is beautifully written, with characters that will make you feel through their art and a storyline that will grip your heart. A golden five stars!
...when he returned to Paris, it was with a greater acceptance of who he was: not the son Betty might have wanted or expected, but the son who would see her through the “strange days” of her final years of life. Movingly honest, at times droll, and ultimately poignant.
While many readers will admire her enthusiasm, a pronouncement of ultimate victory seems premature at best.