Some of the chaos of this existence is replicated in the structure of Prochnik’s chapters, which tend to begin at a specific place and moment and then wander — or scurry — backward and forward in time, crossing and recrossing the Atlantic, the Alps and the English Channel.
...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.
This book's strength is mixing research and anecdote in a lively, accessible way, with a reporter's eye for detail.
...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.
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.
It lies at the heart of “Red Love: The Story of an East German Family,” his searching and sensitive chronicle of three generations making the journey from euphoric hope to disillusionment to despair....He doles out the grand pronouncements and sweeping historical judgments sparingly.
“The Reason I Jump” may raise questions, as many books have, about the nature of autism. But it raises questions about translation as well — that “icing.” Translation, at its best, is a dance between an objective search for equivalent language...The parents of an autistic child may not be the best translators for a book by an autistic child.
Calcaterra concludes her story with the genuine sentiment that “we all have to believe.” At the end of this unforgettable book, readers will.
An important examination of the socioeconomic and cultural forces that can shape a woman’s entry into prostitution.
...this tale cements her position as an icon of the genre.
Captivating and astute study.
...they enjoyed the perks that came with celebrity...Insightful social history with a light touch.
...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 author rather cleverly brings She Left Me the Gun to a conclusion with the suggestion that she can now, at last, let go...
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.
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.
Ms. Volk's delightful book draws you in right at the start with a scene familiar to many a young girl...