The story was just words on the page for the most part. Even though Etna's story inspired a lot of sympathy in me, the way it was told struck me as curiously bloodless.
While much of this historical period has been examined in close detail, Goodwin provides a fuller picture of Taft’s career that was driven strongly by his ambitious wife and of the life and times of the “muckrakers,”
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.
What comes across clearest in Bryson’s lucid, lighthearted narrative is the pure energy and crazed optimism of the era.
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.
Mr. O'Reilly's book is generally on point, but my best advice for anyone who wants to know more about Jesus Christ is to go directly to the Bible, starting with the gospels.
By its end, this ungainly novel reminds us of Ms. Lahiri’s copious talents as a writer, however imperfectly they are employed here.
Hastings's latest invites consideration as the best in his distinguished career, combining a perceptive analysis of the Great War's beginnings with a vivid account of the period from August to September of the titular year.
Chillingly extrapolates the long-standing history of nuclear near-misses with the engagement of a fiction writer...Succeeds in increasing awareness for more stringent precautions...memorializes Cold War heroes who’ve prevented nuclear holocausts from being written into the annals of American history.
The plot's dizzying profusion of murder suspects plays like something out of early Raymond Chandler, under whose bright star Bleeding Edge unmistakably unreels.
Berg portrays Wilson as an utterly new kind of chief executive, in a mold that has yet to be refilled. Readable, authoritative and, most usefully, inspiring.
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.
To Salinger, fortified by his embrace of Vedanta Hinduism, such publication would have been an ego trip. And there’s only one cure for that affliction. You can’t be on an ego trip when you’re dead.
I just love this series and was so excited to find out that there will be another installment coming out early next year. I can't wait to find out who the story will be about!
What is the real story behind the crafting of the Little House Series? Susan Wittig Albert seeks to answer this question. In doing so, she combines biography, history, and her own insight into this work of fiction.
There is immediate and convincing chemistry between these two lonely souls, and well-drawn supporting characters round out the story.
That Ms. Danticat can evoke possibility so powerfully in this attractive child testifies to her literary gifts: her lucid prose, her wide-ranging references, her sharpness of focus.
Through Naomi, Sally and their friends, Keneally draws the war to a close. But while the story has epic dimensions, it stays close to these “daughters of Mars” and leaves us worrying how peace will treat them...He has rescued forgotten heroines from obscurity and briefly placed them center stage.