Less terrifying than its famous predecessor, perhaps because of the author’s obvious affection for even the most repellant characters, King’s latest is still a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance’s story.
Unbroken’s last act is in a curious key. Returning to peacetime America, Zamperini was racked by memories of his torturers. He turned to booze, got into fights, and eventually ended up being saved by the evangelist Billy Graham. Inevitably, the deepest, darkest circle of hell that Zamperini found himself running around had himself at its centre.
...Helen Macdonald renders an indelible impression of a raptor’s fierce essence — and her own — with words that mimic feathers, so impossibly pretty we don’t notice their astonishing engineering.
The Boys in the Boat is...an often inspiring feat of narrative non-fiction, though it could never be as thrilling as the victory of those nine boys from Washington state on a windy day in Berlin once upon a very dark time.
...while the narrative and settings are solid, the story drifts toward a somewhat unsatisfying, perhaps too easy, conclusion.
The wonderful cartoons and drawings by Ellen Forney appear to be pasted onto the pages of his diary, giving it depth and life. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a must have book, and I can't speak highly enough of it.
Young weaves crystalline lyrics and notes...with reflections on the enduring beauty of nature, and the lasting power and influence of music.
...Cleave knows how to captivate with rich characters and nimble plotting.
It is a brave and subtly disturbing affirmation of faith, and it is all the more remarkable for its engagement with the deepest questions, the most painful mysteries of our lives.
From vessels named with groan-inducing puns like Sea Ya to the challenges of shipboard sanitation, she brings the insulated boating world to life with knowledgeable affection. A quietly absorbing journey.
...Fielding is entertaining and touching in its portraits of camaraderie and love, betrayal and victory.
It’s not a feel-good story—dread, loss, and hard choices are the islanders’ lot. As a study of courage and loyalty tested, however, it is an utterly compelling read.
While I found this book incredibly interesting, I failed to connect emotionally with the characters. It was like I was almost there--poised right on the brink--but never actually fell over the edge.
To this fully qualified outsider – I live by the ocean without ever having set thigh in it, but I have seen Point Break three times – Barbarian Days gradually assumes the form of a hefty masterpiece.
The Mad Hatter's youthful, disheveled appearance makes him resemble a modern hipster, and the pop-up trial scene features a flying pack of cards. A clever and inventive interpretation.
"Wild" is at the height of its power when Strayed confronts her demons with clear-eyed intensity, allowing for the heartbreaking messiness of life to be just that.
Once an English-lit major and now a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, the author emerges as one of baseball's good guys, and someone who can write as well as he pitches. Dickey has set a new standard for athlete autobiographies.
In befriending Atticus and carrying his father’s memory to those serene mountain peaks, Ryan admits he discovered a rare peacefulness, a quality that underscores this touching chronicle.
He doesn’t help his case by psyching himself out with horror stories about bear attacks...Bryson finds miracles all along the way, too. His sense of wonder never shuts off even when his body winds down and his spirit flags.
Luckily, Melting the Ice did get better by the second half of the book. While the conflict was still a little ho-hum, I was happy see Carolina start to thaw out.