Barker’s story shines an important light on the subject of sexual harassment in the workplace while exposing the shoddy ethical standards and procedures of Halliburton/KBR.
Between optimism and the sober assessment of reality, Harrison always seems to err on the side of hope, because, as she writes, what does she have to lose?
Concise and relatively short, “The Stranger in the Woods” is possessed of a readability that borders on the compulsive. Filled with details writ both large and small, the book allows a glimpse (albeit an unavoidably incomplete one) at the sort of man who would willingly embrace such a life.
...it’s a book about a singular man. Even near the end of his life, Tom managed to charm and astonish. He escapes from his care home and is found half a mile down the road stopping the traffic; he befriends the most attractive woman in the place.
So intriguing is Nem that I would have liked to read more verbatim – perhaps even an appendix containing transcripts of the interviews. That is to quibble. The complexities of Nem’s character are all too evident.
Like all great epics, Sapiens demanded a sequel. Homo Deus, in which that likely apocalyptic future is imagined in spooling detail, is that book. It is a highly seductive scenario planner for the numerous ways in which we might overreach ourselves.
Vilcek artfully joins the chronicle of his scientific work and the dramatic events that punctuated his life under two totalitarian regimes, culminating in his flight to freedom. An inspiring page-turner.
It’s a remarkable story of dogged determination to prove his own body wrong and, as such, is one of the more illuminating cultural studies of modern times.
Complemented by recipes and a glossary of exotic food terms, the book is a unique blend of bildungsroman and foodie/truffle primer sure to appeal to a wide audience. An informative and charming food and travel memoir.
Rowe is not a truly bad writer. But she enters into a world of pain and violence and comes away only with a book about herself.
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...
The thickly bound format is ideally read in bed. This is just the kind of book to shut out the world with a sense of Scandinavian comfort.
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.
...what makes Onegin great is its timeless insight into the human heart: its vanities, its follies, its disasters. It’s a very knowing work, whose characters are aware of their own place within an artifice...
...movie buffs will find her scholarship wanting, if not mystifying. Not only are there few new insights (Spielberg declined to be interviewed, which left Haskell “stung, a little red-faced, like a girl angling for a date and being rejected”), but the points she makes range from dubious to flat-out false.
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.
Fresh garlic appears in a handful, including chicken Caesar salad and carnitas, but reliance on the processed form undermines the thesis. Perhaps it’s intended to aid the transition to the new way of eating.
When it comes to these women — their pluck, persistence, insights and eventual recognition — The Glass Universe positively glows.
This is an exuberant tale of greed and gratified desire by a romantic who, for 50 years and more, has been planting trees by the thousand on his family estate at Tullynally in Westmeath.
These long taxonomies could easily be dry and exhausting, but they come alive thanks to Fortey’s vivid descriptions.