Bestiality is a running gag: "There's nothing wrong with fucking a male sheep, because if I did find something wrong with it, that would mean I was insensitive to the needs of the gay sheep community…"...It's hard not to feel revulsion for everything while reading this book – certainly the human body, sex, thought, animals, and life itself.
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.
In this latest crisis, waves of wild magic are flowing from Rachel’s ley-line, causing charms to misfire, often with devastating results...A great ride in and of itself, rather than simply a buildup to the finale, which is sure to be whiz-bang.
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.
But One More Thing is unfortunately padded with way too many things. While several of the shorter sketches are charmingly whimsical, few have the impact of either flash fiction or the aphoristic, often Zen-koan-like...The result is a collection that would have been much stronger with many fewer things.
...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.
They are routine failures that Mr Shteyngart’s prose and his New York brand of empathy—brusque and big-hearted—render meaningful and poignant. He fails and fails and fails, and then he doesn’t. Through grit and struggle and self-awareness, things fall into place...
Grandma Mazur is the only person who seems like herself here. Everyone else is just a distracted footnote. My main beef is that, and add to it the ending to both scenarios. It seems a little contrived.
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.
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.
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.
There are just too many other moments here when Bridget doesn't find her footing, and seems foolish and unreal, which was never the case before.
Lennon's book remains fascinating, but the second half is less challenging. Mailer's blockbusters sold well but added little to his reputation. The ex-wives became part of his tribal family.
Don doesn’t need to be fixed or changed from the appealing unique person he is. But I found myself wanting to shed a few tears for this brave man who logically faces life and slowly starts to open his mind to change.
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.