...The Ocean at the End of the Lane is not only for adults who remember being children, but, perhaps more importantly, for those who’ve forgotten.
Instead of focusing on the idea of “10,000 hours” as an essential path to excellence, he dampens this theory with determinist conclusions about the role of chance.
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.
It is an outstanding book, distinguished by beauty and clarity of detail, precision of presentation and gentleness of manner.
The novel becomes a comic celebration of polymorphous perversity, and of literature.
Where the book stands apart is that, no longer content merely to record the breakdown, Franzen tries to account for his often stridently unlikable characters and find where they (and we) went wrong, arriving at—incredibly—genuine hope.
In a thrilling debut with an attention-grabbing cover, this game of revenge among fallen angels with Nora caught in the middle has too many coincidences to move the plot along and an uneven, rushed ending.
In telling his story of how war erodes consideration and thoughtfulness for others, Beah challenges us in the west to question our glorification of it.
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.
. . .they (people) sought, and seek, salvation, and for this God‑givenness seems to me essential.
Schiff’s book itself is less a patchwork than a nimbly woven tapestry, drawing together exhaustive research and the author’s own keen insights and being carried along by her effortless prose.
Mr Greenwald used to be a lawyer. He is very good at showing that much NSA activity was against the law; for example, the agency took raw data collected from Americans and secretly gave it to Israel. All too often, though, he proselytises rather than analyses.
Mr. Orwell's animals exist in their own right, with a narrative as individual as it is apt in political parody.
“When Breath Becomes Air” is a deeper exploration of the themes he raised, less a memoir than a reflection on life and purpose. It is an unusual little book, written by an unusual man.
All in all, Huxley's Brave New World finds itself increasingly relevant to contemporary issues that plague late capitalism. It asks us to step back from our cultural assumptions about what is worth pursuing in a civilization, and I guess that's what makes it ideal for high school curriculum.
It’s slanted toward action-oriented readers, who will find that Briticisms meld with all the other wonders of magic school.
My first thought was, 'wait, what?' It was very anticlimactic. I am glad to be able to say that I have read this book but I did not really enjoy it at all.
Another intriguing journey from Ronson, who notes that our social media dark side grows ever darker when we believe we’re superior to others—and anonymous.
Whether you agree with her thesis or not, Michelle Alexander makes you think about mass incarceration in a new way.
The real news about “The Grand Design” is how disappointingly tinny and inelegant it is. The spare and earnest voice that Mr. Hawking employed...has been replaced here by one that is alternately condescending, as if he were Mr. Rogers explaining rain clouds to toddlers, and impenetrable.