...while a lot of fun, the book has trouble achieving satiric traction. The chief problem is easy to identify: Why, one wonders, did Coupland choose as his narrator a figure he seems so obviously out of sync with?
For dedicated movie buffs, a handful of choice remarks on the personal habits of stars provides respite from tedious details...Ultimately, the book is a charmed and mostly charming tribute to off-screen lives during a period many may regard as Hollywood's finest.
There’s a general sensation of closure and imminent climax as Harrison maneuvers toward the end, and patient readers are promised a substantial payoff.
The good news, mathematically speaking, is that the stories are pretty much 100% brilliant...Since the stories are also, as always, extremely funny, Moore has come to enjoy the unusual distinction of being just about the darkest light writer around.
Novak creates a spectrum of work from the mediocre to the deliciously tongue-in-cheek. If you don’t like something, just wait—a new piece is usually only a page or two away.
...it is full of loose ends—a reconciliation with his brother, the attempt to fake a recording from 1932—that the author never ties together, perhaps since Jimmy’s is not the sort of tidy life. Whatever its novelistic flaws, the rock criticism and pop-culture insights are sharp throughout.
...It’s raw, comic and deeply affecting, a testament to Mr. Shteyngart’s abilities to write with both self-mocking humor and introspective wisdom, sharp-edged sarcasm and aching — and yes, Chekhovian — tenderness.
...it's not the best literature ever... but it makes me smile and laugh. The books are very short which is all I need really.
A stocking stuffer for die-hard Burgundians or a gag gift to bring to Wes Mantooth’s holiday party, but nothing more than that.
Though her life did not hold the challenges familiar to the 99 percent, it took strength to stay sensible amid temptations...This book — not profound but quite delicious — shows how those qualities grew in both hospitable and inhospitable soil.
The author forms a comfortable bond with readers and offers just the right blend of history and fiction. Flagg flies high, and her fans will enjoy the ride.
Throughout, he spotlights vivid supporting sketches of celebrities from Fred Astaire (who "danced even when he stood still") to Liza Minnelli ("a strange, spastic show-biz animal").
According to an interview with Danny Baker, Lewisohn anticipates the next tome will be along in five or six years – just enough time, at a push, to digest this momentous first volume.
Even more than most "I knew a star" tell-alls, this purported biography tells us less about Carson than it does the author: Bushkin's 18-year stint as Carson's friend and attorney, and the effect Carson had on his life and career.
In the end, though, it's hard not to feel that Fielding is hampered by her own legacy. Bridget has spawned so many imitators in the intervening years that all this ground feels very well trodden. Even so, those of us who loved her the first time will be glad to welcome her back – big pants, fillers and all.
If not the last word on Norman Mailer (what could be?), this book is likely to be the standard biography for this generation.
Sharp dialogue, terrific pacing, physical hijinks, slapstick, a couple to root for, and more twists than a pack of Twizzlers — it's no surprise that The Rosie Project is bound for the big screen. But read it first.
Fans of Parks and Recreation and Offerman’s brand of deadpan humor are sure to gorge themselves on the healthy portion he provides.
As a book about a cinematic comedy of errors, “The Disaster Artist” is much better than the mess of a movie it describes.
Seuss explores the same philosophical message in his own inimitably wise and witty style.