Autumn is a beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities; the “endless sad fragility” of mortal lives.
As always, there is a depth of emotion that enchants and a twist on character motivation that captures readers’ attention even as the leisurely pace slows the story down.
Heartbreak is a constant companion in the sports world, the notion of just-missed opportunity. Cox captures that sense, even as the men themselves acknowledge that this is how it goes sometimes in the game that they love.
Lovers of the game will love the opportunity to glimpse bits and pieces of baseball’s regional uniqueness; it’s a chance to get an idea of the sport’s aesthetics as seen from another fan’s seat. And with baseball season fast approaching, many of those seats are soon to be taken.
All in all, I’d have to say that this being my first ever historical romance I was very pleasantly surprised. I could tell that this was part of a series but it was not so that you must read the others to understand the characters.
A terrific writer and storyteller, Tyson compels a closer look at a heinous crime and the consequential decisions, large and small, that made it a national issue.
As always, her characters are pitch-perfect for the time and place, and readers will relish this enjoyable tale.
In this compelling tell-all book, and in America’s thriving abortion industry, the horror of Gosnell’s slaughterhouse lives on.
It might have done with another edit – the word “glittering” is overused and there is a pervasive sense of material overstretched, especially towards the end – but at its best this is an enthralling story...
At a moment when we are preoccupied with migration, it offers a sympathetic perspective on the difficulties of adjusting to life in a new place over two generations.
As opinion journalism, this book will infuriate as many as it will amuse. Readers new to Taibbi will regret not reading his reporting as events unfolded, as his analysis is equal parts entertaining and enlightening.
A posthumous memoir by Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, told via a journalist, minister, and longtime friend...A touching memoir from an important figure in the civil rights movement.
"Manning considers Austen’s Fanny to be too “insipid” a heroine to inspire reader interest. Thus, she alters the story beginning with Austen’s play scene in Chapter XV...Many try to emulate Austen; not all succeed. Here, Manning triumphs. She has retained Austen’s spirit, while providing a stronger Fanny who will surely win today’s readers."
Many have tried to assess Ike. Few succeed. Mr. Baier does, with the inspired selection of the closing event of Ike’s presidency as a touchstone in a passionate search for the diverse, complex and energizing “spirit of Ike.”
Unfortunately, the latter parts of The Bear and the Nightingale shear away much of what I loved about its beginning and middle...These problems aside, The Bear and the Nightingale is a pleasure to spend time with. A rich and elegant debut...
The novel is far from perfect. The Butcher’s Hook is unevenly structured: what little plot there is in its first, frustratingly slow chapters is stretched too thin...For all that, however, this author remains one to watch.
The Afterlife of Stars...has trouble escaping the past. When describing the novel’s time present...it’s lively and imaginative without forsaking a real sense of being in the historical moment. When the brothers start to interrogate their family’s past, or rummage through a trunk filled with memories and mementoes, the narrative seizes up.
Along the way, Preston explains the legendary abandonment of the City of the Monkey God and provides scientific reasoning behind its reputation as life-threatening. Admirers of David Grann’s The Lost City of Z will find their thirst for armchair jungle adventuring quenched here.
Mr Beer’s book makes a compelling case for placing Siberia right at the centre of 19th-century Russian—and, indeed, European—history. But for students of Soviet and even post-Soviet Russia it holds lessons, too.
It seems clear that Adiga is setting us up for a story in which one brother will rise and one will fall – but knowing this does nothing to detract from the enjoyment of the story.