This is a more cerebral novel than Mr Ferris’s previous works, but the hapless Paul keeps it grounded. His interior monologues are oddly hilarious...
Alex Beam’s “American Crucifixion” recounts the peregrination of these pariahs. Before they finally evacuated to the Great Salt Lake Valley, which was then part of Mexico, they thought they had found a safe haven in Nauvoo, Ill., the most elaborate of Smith’s foundations.
For the agnostic reader, the purported climax of the book is nothing special – she allows that scientific rigour can co-exist with mysticism. Sure, why not?
So vast that the present volume, which spans roughly 2,500 years, ending with the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492...Mr. Schama's history flashes by with entertaining velocity, though whether it is, strictly speaking, history at all is another matter, one the author himself raises with his decision to call his book a "story."
Throughout, vivid details of his search in blistering heat for holy sites both authentic and dubious anchor this complex, compelling spiritual testimony. "You've met my Jesus," he concludes. "Now meet your own."
Clara and her fellow servants, who embody the spirit of the everyday patriot citizen, are written with detail and depth. Historical fiction lovers will look forward to more from this promising new novelist.
In Jess, Miller has created a narrator worthy of comparison with those of contemporaries such as Karen Thompson Walker and of greats such as Carson McCullers.
This brisk, page-turner of a story climaxes at Christmas. Another winner from Albom; this book just about shouts “Give me for a holiday gift.”
...Rodriguez doesn't beat this discovery over the reader's head but unpacks it gently, over the course of years, in seemingly disjointed stories that explain one writer's journey to a God of many.
A pleasing read if you’re inclined toward the authors’ selective views. Otherwise, the four Gospels will do just fine.
Although its subtitle promises to reveal “The making of a scientist,” the book delivers nothing close...The book is doubly disappointing given the high regard many readers have for the depth of his intellect.
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.
...now she has come out with a spunky, feisty collection of essays that seeks to tell an intensely personal and exhaustively researched story of how people of Muslim heritage are courageously fighting Muslim fundamentalism across the world.
In an effort as ambitious as it is (probably) impossible, former Vice editor Gollner (The Fruit Hunters) embarks on an epic quest to understand the nature of immortality.
...a character who comes across as completely self-absorbed and selfish. Thoroughly disenchanting: Powers' admirers would do better to reread his stories or novels.
There is an odd intemperance about the tone of this book, with vociferous assertion often replacing argument.
This writer's own story is a central theme of this gripping book. When she flew the nest at 17, Solnit was presented by her parents with a broken suitcase and a travel clock that didn't work, and they never gave her anything else again.
While The Alchemist is a beautiful and extraordinarily optimistic tale, it isn't very well written, but that's not to say the it isn't a good book.
Mr Bullough largely succeeds in using this sad tale as a metaphor for the fate of the Soviet Union.
...the collection demands close attention and rereading, but, thankfully, the essays offer generous rewards too.