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.
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.
At 398 pages, The Longest Ride is a hefty tome, but in the hands of this master storyteller it has a lightness of touch. Is it sentimental? Absolutely. Is it predictable? Without a doubt. Are you too cool to read it or see the movie? Of course you are, but you probably will anyway. And when you do, don't forget to bring the Kleenex.
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...
By learning the intimate details of the women's lives, seeing them as humans rather than victims, we see our similarities. The "us" and "them" that the stigmatization of sex work in society creates begins to erode.
...this tale cements her position as an icon of the genre.
Captivating and astute study.
Abbott’s writing is at its best describing the throes of adolescence.
The ocean of her prose has the right amount of whitecaps.
...Angelou’s book deftly avoids the emotional neatness and easy redemption to which lesser memoirs succumb.
It’s a time machine laden with long-lost physical objects...a meditation on the plastic possibilities of womankind and a very special treat.
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.
“My Brother’s Book” has echoes of Shakespeare’s “Winter’s Tale,”...and it contains some of Sendak’s richest and most incantatory language.
In my experience of the past few days you don't so much read Far from the Tree as cohabit with it; its stories take up residence in your head and heart, messily unpack themselves and refuse to leave.
...a gentle, searingly moving memoir, at once a love letter and a generous, incisive set of instructions not about how to die but about how to live.
After decades of failed efforts to improve the lives of poor students, Mr Tough has written a fine and provocative book about the kind of work that seems to be making a difference.
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.