...it does leave one tantalised, longing to know what Wilmers, Bennett, Miller and company thought of Nina – and what they said about her behind her back.
While the final insights stretch thin, Schulte unearths the attitudes and “powerful cultural expectations” responsible for our hectic lives, documents European alternatives to the work/family balance, and handily summarizes her solutions in an appendix.
...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.
Here, Senior analyzes how children affect their parents from birth through adolescence, attempting to understand why middle-class millennial parents find this to be a “high-cost/low reward activity."
As compelling as a car wreck, it’s impossible to look away, even though the catalogue of misery sometimes threatens to overwhelm.
Oh Mr. Sparks. You sure know how to pen the most perfect, swoon worthy characters. Can I have Luke for Christmas?
“Red Love,” excellently translated by Shaun Whiteside, won the European Book Prize. It deserves its plaudits for its exposure of the inner workings of East German life and its depiction of ardent devotion and shattered ideals.
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...
...never once does she flinch from the terrible truths with which she has lived and so courageously reveals here. Riveting reading from start to finish.
In “Lost Girls,” Robert Kolker exhaustively investigates the tragedy of five girls who fell victim to the allegedly victimless crime of prostitution. His grim chronicle sounds a warning that the pimp patrolling the street may seem no more of a menace than the invisible murderer...
...this character's story stuck faithfully to real life.
Captivating and astute study.
That Ms. Abbott had her father’s own words to draw upon certainly adds traction to the work. But it is Alysia Abbott’s voice that is the more melodic of the two, the one that draws us in and bids us listen.
The author rather cleverly brings She Left Me the Gun to a conclusion with the suggestion that she can now, at last, let go...
The Mad Hatter's youthful, disheveled appearance makes him resemble a modern hipster, and the pop-up trial scene features a flying pack of cards. A clever and inventive interpretation.
This taut, atmospheric novel initially appeared as weekly instalments in 1859. Its insights remain relevant...
What compels readers through this narrative is the unlikelihood of Angelou’s hard-won love for her extraordinary mother.
Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me is a brilliant thing, well considered, well wrought, and wonderfully well written.
By revealing the comedy in many such scenes, Ruta adamantly rejects the role of passive victim. Her wit and lyricism often go hand in hand with the particular kinds of trauma common to our generation...
These are not simple or satisfying stories, but Ms. Bazelon tells them with cleareyed compassion — even for the bullies.