...in “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”; he summons up childhood magic and adventure while acknowledging their irrevocable loss, and he stitches the elegiac contradictions together so tightly that you won’t see the seams.
Hillenbrand has a gift for recovering the spirit of mid-20th century America. . .
For several years the Lacks family...refused to talk to Skloot. But eventually her persistence won the confidence of Lacks’s daughter Deborah. Eventually a sympathetic scientist...invites Deborah...into his lab to see HeLa cells for the first time; their wonderment provides one of the great moments of the book.
Minor gripes aside, this is a first-rate book—based on an impressive mass of research, written in a lively style and providing just the right balance of intellectual seriousness with practical advice on how to break our bad habits.
At times it seems an exercise in repackaged carpe diem, especially from a mind as attuned as Gladwell’s.
I would of course never want to experience first-hand what it was like to be in the water off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915, with the bow of the gigantic vessel fast disappearing beneath the surface (it took all of 18 minutes). But I am very glad to imagine the scene, thanks to Erik Larson's thrilling, dramatic and powerful Dead Wake.
Moonwalking With Einstein is a wonderful book on the dynamics of memory...The author provides many different examples of how people utilize memory to the maximum extent possible through a variety of techniques which involve rote memorization, intuition, compartmentalization, association and other vehicles described at length in the book.
Thanks to the elegance and force of his ideas, and the robustness of the evidence he offers for them, he has helped us to a new understanding of our divided minds—and our whole selves.
The ending, in which her attacker comes after her once more, is the only part of the plot that feels forced. But the book's overall gritty realism and Melinda's hard-won metamorphosis will leave readers touched and inspired.
A fast-paced and well-researched trek through a medical mystery to a hard-won recovery.
Be prepared for a rollercoaster of emotions that Looking for Alaska brings, because although the book is quite short, it is one of the best books I have read and I would recommend it to everyone.
Larson lets his parallel narratives exist side by side, seldom directly commenting on their connections, and The Devil In The White City is all the more powerful for it
“Being Mortal” doesn’t gloss over what awaits us all, but it fixes our attention on the ways in which a patient’s wishes might be fulfilled...
Beah’s halting narrative has confusing time shifts, but it’s hideously effective in conveying the essential horror of his experiences.
Just be aware that much of what you are reading is not driven by the data, but rather by an effort to be dazzling.
An important book is by necessity one that provokes serious disagreement as well as thought. It’s a tribute to Kolbert’s achievement that I also ended up having some serious philosophical reservations about her ultimate argument.
All in all, I thought this was an excellent follow-up to last year’s Divergent. It didn’t quite hit me the same way its predecessor did, but I didn’t find this to be the sophomore slump that plagues so many series out there. And it’s nice to read a book where character is fully revealed through action and choice rather than narrative exposition.
he Time Traveler’s Wife is a touching and compulsively readable...tale...The book portrays both a romantic and harsh view of time travel...
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.
I didn’t really learn anything new about myself from this fairly basic test; you can learn a lot more about yourself doing your numerology.