...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."
The author illustrates the complex intergenerational problems that were created by his father’s conduct, including breakdowns and hospitalizations.
...I wasn't inspired by either of them enough to care, although Ira and Ruth are the best part of "The Longest Ride." Unfortunately, the rest of the book is way too flat to generate the interest and excitement that this storyline could potentially garner.
By unpicking the loyalties of both political and family life, Leo honours the complicated motivations of real people, resulting in a humane, enlightening history of a collapsed country and a lost home.
“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.
...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.
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 character's story stuck faithfully to real life.
Captivating and astute study.
Colored with quirky, picturesque details of Bay Area counter culture...Abbott's narrative balances idiosyncratic flourishes with universal emotions of anger, resentment, jealousy, and guilt.
The ocean of her prose has the right amount of whitecaps.
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.
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...
A convincing case against media hype and a premature rush to judgment.