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.
You come to a memoir like this for the stories, not the storytelling, which is good, because “great writer” is not a blade on the Bushkin Swiss Army knife. Anecdotes are repeated, characters are introduced and reintroduced, and the book’s prose is overburdened with sunbleached Damon Runyonesque clunkers.
Seuss explores the same philosophical message in his own inimitably wise and witty style.
Reading Simple Dreams, one sees why its author, a perpetual student of her craft, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Berklee College of Music: the book is a well-written glimpse into musical history as it was being made by Ronstadt and her peers
Crystal has the charisma, humor and down-home charm that fans have loved over the years. And the love for his family clearly shines through the words as well.
Abstract comedy, it turns out, just isn't that funny, and Rush's plot never really congeals. That's not a fatal shortcoming in itself, but unfortunately all the reader is left with is these sad, petulant clowns talking past one another in a series of awkward encounters.
There is something funny, even endearing, about such a dark and desperate view of a future — a ravaged world emerging from alarmingly familiar trends — that is so jam-packed with the gifts of imagination, invention, intelligence and joy.
In a honeyed dialect, the omnipresent narrator directly engages readers, ricocheting between the hilarious human and critter dramas to a riotous finale.
Berry, one of the nation's foremost authorities on the topic, purports to entertain and enlighten us with the hijinks of the leagues and fantasy players he's run across...Berry's storytelling is a little uneven, sometimes hilarious, other times exasperating, occasionally even cringe-worthy.
The book is a heartfelt, charmingly profound American epic. At a breezy 113 pages, it charts pretty much the entire 20th century, through a series of interlocking lives.
Quality writing, memorable characters, hot sex scenes, and an emotionally satisfying story add up to a marvelous gem.
The revelation of this ghostly narrator’s identity doesn’t add much to the story’s conclusion, blurring our friendship with Fin and removing us even further from Lady, the whirling, consuming center of Ms. Schine’s story.
Gardner is funny and frank, and Evans’s diligence makes the book not only one of the more revealing celebrity autobiographies published recently, but a candid glimpse into the world of a ghostwriter, star handler, and late-night confidante.
Mr. Roth writes in a gently self-mocking, utterly disarming style...As Eric describes his way of calculating his path through everyday situations, the reader can both enjoy his acumen and wish that he knew better.
Fans of “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” have to wait until the last quarter of the book to get the inside story on these shows...Mr. Martin only devotes one rather short chapter to “Mad Men.” Nevertheless, “Difficult Men” is required reading for anyone interested in the sweeping changes in television and the creative forces behind them.
In the memoir, Girl, Interrupted, Kaysen divides the material chronologically, with frequent references to related incidents that happened earlier in her life. She describes the day of her hospital admission in 1967 to her release in 1969.
Fanatics and newcomers to the music will both find plenty of revelation here.
...another marvelously entertaining Hiaasen adventure.
Byers can write scenes with humor and sketches some memorable supporting characters...
...fans of pop culture will find this a fun, fast and essential read...