I was only slightly disappointed by the neat ending; it felt as if the story just kind of fizzled out in favor of a happy ending, and although I understand why Shreve provided that ending to us, it did feel a bit far-fetched.
The Bully Pulpit is more than just a biography of this most tireless of US presidents. It is also a tribute to America’s “golden age of journalism”.
She is a brisk storyteller, and despite its flaws, The Valley of Amazement packs in enough drama to keep her readers going to the end.
Readers looking for nuance will not find it here, but there are plot twists, adventure, heartbreak, and familial love in spades, making this the kind of story that keeps readers turning pages in a fever.
A richly readable and authoritative addition to the literature of wine.
Characters who are pale, waxen, grievously wounded, bone thin, fogged by opium, or redolent of the sea in a rugged region plagued by shipwrecks, move through the book alongside the living. Dead or alive? That’s not a question on Ms. Catton’s astral plane. The question is whether it matters.
a mosaic illustrating a pivotal year in America’s global economic and cultural success...Bill Bryson’s latest book One Summer: America, 1927 is a fascinating examination of American heroism, invention, and resilience in the face of moral decay of the roaring ’20s.
This kind of storytelling is rare — one in which an author can depict the particulars of a moss colony as skillfully as she maps the landscape of the human heart.
Killing Jesus is not a bad book as much as it is an incomplete book. As history it is compelling, but of all historical events, none has greater spiritual significance than the life and death of Jesus Christ. And this is the story they miss.
By its end, this ungainly novel reminds us of Ms. Lahiri’s copious talents as a writer, however imperfectly they are employed here.
An outstanding historian of the Second World War, Max Hastings has made a victorious foray into a conflict with which he is less familiar. His fans will recognize the trademarks: trenchant and Olympian judgments that eschew quirkiness in their pursuit of common sense...
Mixing expert commentary with hair-raising details of a variety of mishaps, the author makes the convincing case that our best control systems are no match for human error, bad luck, and ever-increasing technological complexity.
While the whacked‑out conspiracy theories in The Crying of Lot 49 (Pynchon's most appealing and, not coincidentally, shortest novel) seem like charming period features, here they seem like Baby Boomer bullshit, of a rather tasteless kind.
Mr. Berg is a terrific researcher, and "Wilson" exhumes hundreds of fresh quotes and details...his book reads with remarkable smoothness.
Mr. Dedman had stumbled onto an amazing story of profligate wealth, one so wild that “American aspiration” doesn’t begin to describe its excesses...“Empty Mansions” is the self-explanatory title of the Huguette Clark story.
In the midst of this miasma, real doctors and nurses made decisions that shortened the lives of real patients. Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital...is the breathtaking, definitive account of an American hospital’s worst nightmare.
Biographies are often accused of not explaining enough. Here, however, is an example of one that tells us too much. The raw material in "Salinger" will need to be digested by yet another biographer. But the next book will need to be less thesis-ridden and more generous to the insights that other biographers contributed...
In the end, Big Sky Wedding is exactly what I expect when I read a Romance Series – and I can’t wait to read more from this series!
The book offers insightful, timely commentary on what it means to be a career writer. With all of the charm of the Little House series—and the benefit of a sophisticated, adult worldview—Albert’s novel is an absolute pleasure.
The book was wonderful, the writing wonderful, the characters wonderful. Vincent and Sophia were lifelike people—both very young and excited to explore the world together. They reminded me some of a few young men and women I know.