This is a fairly short novel in a genre known for its doorstoppers...and that's to its benefit: The story is tightly plotted and exciting. Reading it feels a lot like diving into an extremely smart, morally ambiguous fairy tale.
Writing in plain, clear prose, Skloot avoids melodrama and makes no judgments.
But Between the World and Me is no ordinary book, and the writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates...is no ordinary writer. This personal account, written in the form of a letter to his 15-year-old son, who has experienced great emotional pain around the Ferguson incident wherein police killed Michael Brown, this personal account demands a personal response.
No writer in the United States possesses the narrative intelligence Louise Erdrich does today.
...The Orphan Master's Son deserves a place up there with dystopian classics such as Nineteen Eighty-four and Brave New World...
Stedman grounds what could be a far-fetched premise, setting the stage beautifully...Most impressive is the subtle yet profound maturation of Isabel and Tom as characters.
McEwan has shown himself to be sensitive to the fertile ambiguities thrown up by ethical dilemmas. In The Children Act he wants the answers to be obvious, but life isn’t so simple as that.
...“The Power of Habit” is an enjoyable book, and readers will find useful advice about how to change at least some of their bad habits...
Real life is seldom as neat as it appears in a Malcolm Gladwell book.
If you somehow haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird, go to the library...or bookstore immediately. If you haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird recently, it is worth reading the novel again.
One of Kingsolver’s better efforts at preaching her politics and pulling heartstrings at the same time.
Freelance writer Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book
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.
Rowling too is casually cruel to her characters, giving them problems they can't surmount and then turning their lives from bad to worse, like John Irving in overdrive. Is this a failure of the imagination? Maybe. Rowling clearly knows how to create a universe that's compelling, consuming even, but Pagford is no such place.
...this is one of the greatest and most engaging collections of insights into the human mind I have read. Kahneman’s book will help you Think Slow about what Thinking Fast gets very wrong, and what it gets very right.
Rather than settle for a coming-of-age or travails-of-immigrants story, Hosseini has folded them both into this searing spectacle of hard-won personal salvation. All this, and a rich slice of Afghan culture too: irresistible.
His work has been indispensible over the past four decades, and it will prove more important, more urgently resonant and more prescient, in the decades to come.
This is not to belittle Freedom. As an engine delivering a certain kind of entertainment – wise, expansive, knowing – it's unbeatable.
It's a testament to Foer's writing that his dazzling way with words never trumps the emotions he serves
...this literary page-turner tells us in fascinating detail what it means to have every aspect of your life overturned.