""Lisle, a writer of biographies, purchases a home in Sharon, Connecticut after her divorce, and devotes herself to her garden. The tale totally captures Lisle's mid-life spirit of change and the typical New England town that she chose to "start over" in. Beautiful prose style and details of personal insight fit together perfectly to make this a very enjoyable book""
"The issue of child soldiers is is one that needs to be heard. Beah's story is not only about this alarming recent development in Third World conflict, but also a story of triumph of the human spirit under soul crushing conditions"
"Be sure your ready for this heartwrenching story. Told in a way that could only be written by a master of reporting like Didion. I could read her prose all day, all night, all year and still look for more."
"Mairs was diagnosed with MS in her late 20's. Now in her early 50's, this book is NOT the story of the progression of her illness , rather a collection of essays that is insightful, though-provoking and an often wry look at life among, as she calls it, the "non-disabled". Highly recommended"
"A beautifully written tale of Prose's trek through Sicily on the heels 9/11. She captures EVERYTHING...the food, the architecture (ancient & modern), the Mafia, the struggle & joy of the Sicilian people. Francine Prose can write about ANY subject and make it arresting & meaningful. Highly recommended."
"Get out the Kleenex. A sweet, Zen-like tale told by the dog,Enzo, using many anaolgies between car racing,dogs & life. If you've ever had a dog that you totally connected with, you must read this book."
"This is a wonderful biographical essay about a Pope like non before or since. Cahill begins with a brief accounting of the history of the Papacy so that we can begin to appreciate the groundbreaking way in which Pope John XXIII transformed and illuminated much of Roman Catholic thinking. I adore this little Penguin Lives series because the authors take such care with their subjects."
"A touching account of Vincent's relationships with the women in his life as well as family & friends. A good deal of psychological interpretation but the use of many of his letters makes this a very personal account."
"The story of the trials and travails of Pargue's zoo and it's keeper's during the German occupation of WWI. It is a hearwrenching look at at the way in which the people and the country of Poland survived the devastation ."