King excels at the psychological realism of his characters, and Dan’s psychic wounds, shame, and self-hatred make him the man that allows this second, newer story to happen.
Hillenbrand has a gift for recovering the spirit of mid-20th century America. . .
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.
Brown lays on the aura of embattled national aspiration good and thick, but he makes his heroes’ struggle as fascinating as the best Olympic sagas.
Can a baseball book not leave you with the smell of mustard in your noggin' and brick dust under your nails? This one does. Grisham would've done well to study a little Red Smith or Roger Kahn as a pre-writing warmup drill.
...presents a much more playful, capricious portrait of the same tough, controlling person Mr. McDonough described.
In the end, Gold is a bit of a crowd-pleaser, and though I wished things didn't all come together quite so neatly, there's no denying that the novel is...an entertaining ride.
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.
...while every page of this novel is infused with a love for both baseball and Moby Dick, Harbach is wise enough to look elsewhere for pacing. Weighing in at more than 500 pages, it is still a quick, agile read.
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.
Still, it's unlikely that this novel will erase the word "gimmick" from being associated with the author.
...one takes away from “Barbarian Days” a sense of a big, wind-chapped, well-lived life. Mr. Finnegan has moved about the earth like a man in a ballad, testing himself at every opportunity...
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.
Perhaps her adventure is so gripping because Strayed relates its gritty, visceral details not out of a desire to milk its obviously dramatic circumstances but out of a powerful, yet understated, imperative to understand its meaning.
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.
Part adventure story, part memoir, but most important, a love story, this entertaining and joyous book proves that dog really is man’s best friend and vice versa.
While this book was interesting, it isn’t all that I was hoping for. I though it was about them hiking the whole trail in a year, but they didn’t, and they took a few side trips also. The story is entertaining, but there are some things I don’t like, like making fun of people.
Fast-paced, with intense sex scenes and an intriguing jumble of the sports and fashion worlds, this steamy novel will satisfy those who like a little heat in their love stories.
Having waded through the book and having had an awareness of the author for some decades now . . . the reader keeps coming back to a single central question: how the hell did this book end up being so deadly dull?