This new volume, with its historical slant, its autobiographical material, its impressionistic descriptions of scenery, its occasional nostalgia and pleasing irony, confirms her reputation.
This Mary is down-to-earth, afraid and furious by turns. “Stubborn” may describe her best.
Carroll’s clarity and unbridled enthusiasm reveal the pure excitement of discovery as much as they illuminate the facts.
...a mishmash of cardboard characters, a convoluted yet preposterous plot, cartoonish marital discord, paralyzing generational divides, transparent conspiracies, an epidemic of personality disorders, and stereotypical conflicts...
...Mr. Stross offers sufficient portraiture to give us a sense of the young entrepreneurs.
Indeed, you could read Díaz . . . and enjoy to your prurient fill his gutter-smacking genius for conjuring up sex and assorted female body parts . . . in colourful, zestfully profane terms. But you could also read him — to equally strong effect — as a thoughtful, incisive chronicler of contemporary First World immigrant experiences and family life.
When it comes to creating vivid, memorable and “real” characters of any and all sexes, ages and races, no American novelist writing today can touch Michael Chabon.
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.
Purplish prose and a wildly baroque ending won’t deter a devoted fan base.
...the nuances of mundane interactions are brilliantly captured, and the overarching mystery deepens with each page, until the thoroughly satisfying dénouement.
Heller's writing is powerful and elegant even when in the vernacular, and polished to a high degree. The narrator's voice comes through in all his sadness.
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.
...a fast paced and enjoyable trip down the left side of the “Don’t Tread on Me” highway, providing an understanding of where the road began and where it appears to be going.
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.
The Violinist's Thumb's most refreshing aspect is the light it sheds on the role women played in studying DNA and genetics.
Like his countryman Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Zafón combines sincere engagement with genre tradition, with clever touches of the literary postmodern.
Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.