...we have the author ousting one more demon, bringing it screaming into the daylight to burn to ashes. It’s a gripping, powerful novel, all the more so for being patently heartfelt.
Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic has richly paid off.
Even with such varied exemplars, the skilled narrative remains accessible.
At times it seems an exercise in repackaged carpe diem, especially from a mind as attuned as Gladwell’s.
She has written her taming of Mabel like a thriller, slowly and carefully cranking the tension so that your stomach and heart leap queasily towards each other...A sated bird. A grieving woman. Loss. Reward. Remembering. Forgetting. Life has a pattern, it goes on, and though relentless, this is also a balm.
He offers fascinating and accessible explorations into the workings of the brain. . .
. . .a lucid, marvelously readable guide to spotting--and correcting--our biased misunderstandings of the world.
King (Mr. Mercedes) is a master at invoking the supernatural through the powerful emotions of his characters, and his depiction of Jacobs as a man unhinged by grief but driven by insatiable scientific curiosity is as believable as it is frightening. The novel’s ending—one of King’s best—stuns like lightning.
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...
A compelling case for reforms that support family values in the continuing “march toward true equality.”
There were parts that made me grin like the Cheshire cat.
A Stolen Life is highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn about a young girl, who is stronger than she believes, and survives almost her entire life in captivity.
By confronting the reality rather than pretending it can be beaten...the medical establishment can offer the kind of compassion that allows for more humane ways to die. As Gawande reminds readers, “endings matter.” A sensitive, intelligent and heartfelt examination of the processes of aging and dying.
Heaven is for Real is for all of us who occasionally question our faith. It is written in a casual style that makes you feel a part of the Burpo family.
Asher expertly paces the narrative, splicing Hannah's tale with Clay's mounting anxiety and fear. Just what has he done? Readers won't be able to pull themselves away until that question gets answered...Asher knows how to entertain an audience; this book will leave readers eager to see what he does next.
Just be aware that much of what you are reading is not driven by the data, but rather by an effort to be dazzling.
The result is perhaps not startlingly new information about relationships, but a solid and interesting tour of what we know about how things are changing, all delivered within Ansari's silly but smart sensibility.
. . .they (people) sought, and seek, salvation, and for this God‑givenness seems to me essential.
In dramatizing the angst that Harry experiences, Rowling does her usual page-turningly good job. Although this is a complex novel, the high energy level almost never flags, thanks in part to the author's ability to create vivid scenes and set pieces.
It's a strong story related to the reader by the omniscient narrator, told in a way reminiscent of fairy tales or spiritual texts like the Bible or Koran.