“Oscar Wilde: A Life is elegantly written . . . Dense with detail, it draws the reader into Wilde’s milieu.
Rebecca Solnit, the author of more than 20 books, might be called an eternal optimist, if not a Pollyanna. Apparently nothing has ever got her down, at least not for long.
“‘I grew up in an Italian family that, not unusually, put great import on food.’”
“Perhaps the most important story is Webb’s own, as she shows that we are all imperfect people capable of creating a more perfect world.”
Some stories are hard to believe, and this is one of them.
“If there’s one book about music that deserves to be read cover to cover this year it’s Kelefa Sanneh’s Major Labels. It’s bound to be a contemporary classic.”
“The interesting subjects of Michael Holzman’s fascinating new dual biography—H.A.R.
For a century and a half, Confederate statesman and former US Senator Judah P. Benjamin was a source of pride to parochial Southern Jews who longed for regional legitimacy and validation.
Toward the end of the 1962 western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, a character playing a newspaper man says, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”
“Shadmi’s deeply absorbing and moving biography will appeal to Dracula afficionados of all ages.”
“How history should be written . . . brilliant.”
“I didn’t start out with grievances against the world, but the world certainly seemed to have grievances against girls and women like me. . . .
The co-authors of Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, journalist Anderson Cooper and novelist and historian Katherine Howe, posit that the Vanderbilt family suffered from
Near the end of his endearing memoir, App Kid, the author, Michael Sayman, describes a talk he delivered at Menlo College—in the very heart of Silicon Valley—where he revealed what he call
Author Andres Resendez has undertaken to tell the story of a little-known voyage across the Pacific Ocean by a small Spanish fleet, one ship of which, the smallest, was led, surprisingly, by a mula
Hayley Mills is truly a figure from the past. Pollyanna indeed.
“Written by Helmi’s younger son, Helmi’s Shadow is an absolute candy fix for politophiles and historophiles.”
“a fascinating read.”
“If you are a lover of the game of tennis, admire Rodger Federer, or want to know more about him, The Master is the book for you. . . .
“This book will help the reader understand a troubled past and see contemporary conflicts between China and the West in a broader perspective.”
“Their stories of self-sacrifice, professional dedication, and unconditional compassion for everyone who came through the emergency room at MMC are true profiles in courage.”
This is an enthralling and deceptively small book built around, at first sight, a rather unpromising story line concerning the prolonged struggles of a skinny, underweight boy against the efforts o
“Bearing witness has never been more important. Cerotti and her grandmother are powerful guides as to why these Holocaust stories matter.”
“Unfortunately, this isn’t the accurate biography it purports to be.”
How does one become a psychiatrist? How can anyone understand what makes another person tick?