Billed as “a loving and hilarious, if occasionally spiky, valentine” to the author’s adopted country, Bill Bryson’s follow-up, two decades on, to his bestselling Notes from a Small Island,
Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir by Truman Capote is a book you can risk judging by its cover art: a black and white photograph of a lithe Truman circa 1958 leaning on the sleepy back porch rai
This book is disappointing.
“Because of their bold decision to wander the globe in search of adventure, ‘We are healthier, happier, and more in touch with our world and our own selves.’”
For three decades, Donna Leon has lived in Venice, the setting for her popular Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries, a series distinguished by its engrossing plots, nuanced characterization, and mu
“. . . stereotype . . . of the fusty Oxbridge academic harrumphing at a changing world that does not correlate with his own. . . . not particularly funny.”
“We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.” —R. D. Laing
“. . . an adventurous woman, willing herself to . . . push up against the outer boundaries of her comfort zone. . . . many comedic observations.”
“For anyone contemplating visiting or living in The Netherlands, In the City of Bikes is a must read.”
“Bad Blood is a modern-day Shakespearian West End Story with very dark undertones of forbidden love, raw animosity, and cold-blooded murder.”
“It is a rich story often laced with irony, the work of a keen observer, full of colorful encounters, an odyssey . . .”
“A Sense of Direction seems the product of an overly educated, overly entitled entity.”
“Our experience through Off the Beaten Path: Stories of People Around the World by Ruth Colvin is both humbling and enlightening.
“To have been a piece of literature worthy of resurrection, Tune In Tokyo would have perhaps benefited had the author been able to pierce through his own clambering humor and, from
“Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine scans rituals so venerable they lack inventors, and doctrines so fresh he watches them evolve in real time.”
The wilderness is appealing to most people. At least, most appreciate its beauty and its unknown qualities, if not its danger and isolation.
Few of us who live “in the lower 48” have any idea about what it is like to live in Alaska.