...the book reminds us how rewarding it can be to see a parent outside the context of our own needs. It's that illumination that allows Corrigan to turn what starts as a complaint about her mother into a big thank you.
Senior could have made this book twice as long given the minefield parents and their kids face, but what she did produce is well-considered and valuable information.
As compelling as a car wreck, it’s impossible to look away, even though the catalogue of misery sometimes threatens to overwhelm.
Constructed in a series of questions and answers, interspersed with short fictional stories, Higashida gallantly attempts to explain why he and others with autism do the things they do, which often confound caretakers and onlookers. He bares his heart by putting forth the questions people ask, or long to ask...
This is a good and brave book and one that, if you’re anything like me, will make you hate yourself just a little bit.
...this character's story stuck faithfully to real life.
Captivating and astute study.
...Abbott offers unforgettable glimpses into a community that has since left an indelible mark on both the literary and social histories of one of America’s most colorful cities.
The story of Brockes’ quest to understand her mother’s past is powerful on its own, but the backdrop against which most of the narrative unfold...makes the book even more poignant and unforgettable.
...Angelou’s book deftly avoids the emotional neatness and easy redemption to which lesser memoirs succumb.
Ms. Volk's delightful book draws you in right at the start with a scene familiar to many a young girl...
A sharp portrayal of recovery from a lifetime of pitfalls and the love that held it all together.
These are not simple or satisfying stories, but Ms. Bazelon tells them with cleareyed compassion — even for the bullies.
“My Brother’s Book” has echoes of Shakespeare’s “Winter’s Tale,”...and it contains some of Sendak’s richest and most incantatory language.
There is much to praise in "Far From the Tree." Mr. Solomon has found remarkable fonts of love and kindness in the mothers and fathers of children afflicted with severe problems, and he captures their lives in one touching anecdote after another.
...sad without being depressing, and deeply inspirational on a personal level to every imaginable reader.
...any social or financial observer, as well as those who are compelled by human-interest stories, would be wise to hear what Tough has to say.
Ms. Olds always writes from the gut and sometimes the heart in intimate images that often disturb as much as reveal. She keeps her finger on the pain of living...yet sometimes she pressing that button a little too often too deliberate.
...she vividly presents the startling price and the occasional payoffs of hope, which buys us, at best, the simple “dailiness of our lives.”
Izzo isn’t trailblazing, and the Austen connection is tenuous, but Kate’s search for love contains a surfeit of laugh-out-loud moments.