“AB” is reliably amusing, of course...And Stibbe herself is Bennett-like in her deadpan, ruthlessly honest observations. Properly heartwarming.
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."
The author illustrates the complex intergenerational problems that were created by his father’s conduct, including breakdowns and hospitalizations.
I am saddened to say that even though the story did indeed make for tender and poignant reading with some whimsical dialogue and scenes, I found it a battle to read and felt almost relief when I came to the final page.
In this winner of the European Book Prize, Leo not only produces a moving family memoir, but also a probing exploration of the human need to believe and belong.
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...
Calcaterra concludes her story with the genuine sentiment that “we all have to believe.” At the end of this unforgettable book, readers will.
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 tale cements her position as an icon of the genre.
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.
This well-known story marks the beginning of perhaps the greatest, possibly most influential, and certainly the most world-famous Victorian English fiction, a book that hovers between a nonsense tale and an elaborate in-joke.
It is, in fact, a model first sentence, one for the ages, and I apologize to it on humanity’s behalf for our having so prodigally abused its conceit in college papers, headlines on the Internet and other venues unbecoming of its excellence.
The lessons and the love presented here will speak to those trying to make their way in the world.
Ms. Volk's delightful book draws you in right at the start with a scene familiar to many a young girl...
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...
Bazelon’s book will increase understanding, awareness, and action.