To open an Alice Munro collection is to anticipate what awaits. If you love Munro’s work — and I do — you already know and crave what you’ll find in Dear Life: an atmosphere that she alone can create, that is too complex and layered to be easily distilled...
This Mary is down-to-earth, afraid and furious by turns. “Stubborn” may describe her best.
Caltech physicist Sean Carroll makes the search for the Higgs boson a scientific detective story.
...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.
This Is How You Lose Her, which occupies the space between a story collection and a novel, is a subtle mosaic of love and commitment, punctuated by Díaz’s kinetic Spanglish prose that laces each casual utterance with the bravado of the barrio.
The novel soars highest in its descriptions of the terror-tempered joy of pregnancy and parenthood, in its delineation of the intricacies of marriage and the psychology of avoidance.
Albom deftly juggles multiple narratives to craft an inspiring tale that will please his fans and newcomers alike.
Smith's masterful ability to suspend all these bits and parts in the amber which is London refracts light, history, and the humane beauty of seeing everything at once.
Purplish prose and a wildly baroque ending won’t deter a devoted fan base.
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."
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.
Ms. Stedman builds a solid case for all sides — or, at least, makes everyone’s motives understandable.
Ben Macintyre’s factual account is more gripping than what you will find anywhere else. It is a story unsurpassed in the long history of intelligence.
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’s storytelling makes this a beautiful, frightening, and unforgettable read.
In an impressive narrative, the author renders esoteric DNA concepts accessible to lay readers.
Readers are likely to get a kick out of this improbable, oddly entertaining allegory.
Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.