This new volume, with its historical slant, its autobiographical material, its impressionistic descriptions of scenery, its occasional nostalgia and pleasing irony, confirms her reputation.
“The Testament of Mary,” Colm Toibin’s haunting, austere and deeply affecting book written in the voice of a figure who has gone largely voiceless (if hardly imageless) throughout the history of Christianity...
With wit and honesty Carroll conveys why the fundamental questions of science matter so much to human culture...
There is not one ray of sunshine in The Casual Vacancy. Okay, there are a few milky glimmerings at the end and occasional veiled zingers raise a sardonic smile but do not add levity. The Casual Vacancy is grim, grim, grim...
Stross peppers the book with his [Graham's] mottos: “Make something people want”, “Launch fast.” “Write code and talk to customers.” If not the definitive history of this explosion in technology start-ups, Stross at least provides lively source material.
Decisively back in the form that permanently etched his name onto a list of unforgettable writers, Díaz . . . brings life to the short story with a voice that demands attention . . . these stories pulsate with raspy ghetto hip-hop and the subtler yet more vital echo of the human heart.
"Telegraph Avenue" is so exuberant, it's as if Michael Chabon has pulled joy from the air and squeezed it into the shape of words.
Albom deftly juggles multiple narratives to craft an inspiring tale that will please his fans and newcomers alike.
...the wonderful bits more than make up for the less wonderful, and...you should rush to buy this book before the summer is out.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a tautly written thriller.
There's a lot to like in Semple's charming novel, including the vivacious humor and the lesson that when creative forces like Bernadette stop creating, they become "a menace to society."
...is a heavenly book, a stellar achievement by a debut novelist that manages to combine sparkling prose with truly memorable, shining, characters. It contains constellations of grand images and ideas, gleams with vitality, and sparkles with wit.
Stedman grounds what could be a far-fetched premise, setting the stage beautifully to allow for a heart-wrenching moral dilemma to play out
Macintyre's enthralling book about their deceits... follows five maverick spies with huge skill and panache.
Barlett and Steele do have some intelligent things to say about the unfairness and impenetrability of the American tax code...
Where We Belong is a moving book, and one that sucked me in deep.
Bohjalian is a literary novelist... his books are also filled with artfully drawn characters and great, passionate storytelling. "The Sandcastle Girls" is all that, but different, more powerful.
Though his subject is a serious one, Mr. Kean enlivens his narrative with an appealing sense of humor.
Zafón’s voice is still extremely likeable, and he gets off his share of snappy lines; every character actor in Hollywood would probably seize on at least one of these characters as written with him in mind.
Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.