As with many sufferers, Stossel’s quest to find relief is unfinished, but his book relays a masterful understanding of the condition he and millions of others endure.
In the end I’m not sure that some of the central questions about writing and drinking ever really get answered. Their alcoholism may have destroyed them, but did it in some way make them great writers?
Along the way, concepts such as hedonistic sustainability...and the ideal depth of a front yard...are explained with Gladwellian facility...Mercifully, the text isn’t overballasted with such pop science clichés.
He’s not a self-help author, nor a clairvoyant. He’s a journalist, presenting counterintuitive, empirically grounded ideas through masterfully told stories, aspiring to shed light on the ultimately unanswerable question: Why is the world not always as it seems?
Finkel’s access is extraordinary, yet his presence is never imposing. He takes us inside brutal counseling sessions at a California treatment program for vets.
A book about the death of a spouse that is unlike any other—book or spouse—and thus illuminates the singularity as well as the commonality of grieving.
And gripping though the Damascus narrative is on its own terms, readers may have trouble picking up the broken threads of this highly complex multicharacter tale after so many involved and absorbing excursions ...
You might not agree with all of Butler’s conclusions, but she is both thoughtful and passionate about the hard questions she raises — questions that most of us will at some point have to consider.
An intriguing discussion of poverty and scarcity that uses the tools of behavioral economics and offers some different approaches to mitigation...An appealing, very different approach to a pressing problem.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to develop their natural talents and abilities into verifiable and bankable strengths.
What sets this book apart from the reams of professional theorising on autism is the fact that it is written by an autistic, and a child to boot. Its short, question-headed chapters aim to disclose the 13-year-old author's "inner self", to make people "understand what we really are, and what we're going through".
Illuminating book that challenges the notion that in sport, practice matters more than innate talent.
His book becomes a lashing critique of how society, and the police, let these young women down. He is particularly good on the case of Ms. Gilbert...
Girl, Interrupted wasn’t written for anyone but Kaysen herself...they were written for nobody’s benefit but her own. I hope writing Girl, Interrupted was very therapeutic for her, because reading it did absolutely nothing for me.
Captivating and astute study.
A dramatic study emphasizing some of the combined consequences of ideological obsessions and bureaucratic thoughtlessness.
The Anatomy of Violence is a sobering reminder that for all our cultural pretensions, we are also at the mercy of our biological systems.
ably portrays the role of his wife and teenage son in his culinary journey, making a case for the role of food in building family connections.
“Beautiful Boy” was a page turner, a dark fable that spoke to worried parents everywhere. “Clean” is a reference work and a manifesto, an annotated map of the same frightening territory where dragons still lurk at the edges.
The master of emotional jousting on the court speaks candidly of life challenges off of it—a must-read for basketball junkies, sport fans and any whose lives have been touched by incurable illness.