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.
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.
here's the dramatic scenery and a series of very vivid locations spread over quite a time span. There are characters you can love as well as the mandatory few which you can hate with a vengeance. And the ending - well, it could never happen in real life. Could it? What's not to make it a success?
Higashida wants readers to feel his discomfort, and he manages it surprisingly well for a 13-year-old.
...a captivating true crime narrative that’s sure to win new converts and please longtime fans of the genre.
...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.
What compels readers through this narrative is the unlikelihood of Angelou’s hard-won love for her extraordinary mother.
It’s a time machine laden with long-lost physical objects...a meditation on the plastic possibilities of womankind and a very special treat.
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.
The sharply felt humor and yearning that infuse both the verbal and visual narratives will kindle profound emotional responses in hearts of any age.
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.
I liked Will Schwalbe’s writing style and the format of the book
...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.