"Wow! I haven't seen typeface this big since I finished my Bobbsey Twins series! Between the large typeface and the multiple photographs, there isn't a lot of content in this book, but what is there is pretty dang funny."
"I know a lady who is in desperate need of cheering up, and that lady is Anne Roiphe. Her book tells of her attempt to renew her life - or at least find a date -after her spouse passed away. Extremely well-written."
"There is something inherently entertaining about the Buckley clan. Books about losing people are usually sad, but less so when the people in question had reached the fullness of their days, as the Buckleys had. I enjoyed this beautifully written portrait of the family."
"No description I come up with could do justice to this brilliant and remarkably original book. It depicts the theme of hummingbirds as adopted by Gilded Age greats including Emily Dickinson, Martin Heade, the Beechers, and Mark Twain. A wonderful book."
"Usually I do not like short story collections because just when you have done the work of submerging yourself in an alternate universe, the story ends and you have to start all over again. Not so with this book, where you are immediately immersed in a world presented by an author with unparalleled skills of perception and description. There is no one, but no one, to replace John Updike."
"This author has a voice all his own and I love his books. In this one, lawyer Billy Bob and a whole crazy cast of characters try to figure out why the gov is after native American Johnny American Horse. Prepare to be transported."
"The title of this book tells you it is going to be about growing up with an undiagnosed case of Asperger's Syndrome, but it really is not about that at all. It is about the author's great love of music, which has been capped off with a career as a respected music critic. Page is a very good writer, but this book has very little to do with Asperger's."
"Here's a guy who has never forgotten for a second that he was born a Kennedy and a Lawford. He had apparently limitless opportunities, contacts, and financial resources, and threw it all away in favor of a lifetime of drug use. And he isn't a good writer, either. Sorry, pal."
"Yet another brilliantly written novel that I had to force myself to finish. This story of Thomas Cromwell and Thomas More won the Man Booker prize in 2009. I expected to love it because I like history and especially enjoy British history. Nonetheless, I found it slow-going and not exactly compelling."
"Don't hear much about the domino effect anymore, do we? Yet, the words "domino" and "effect" used to be so compelling that they impelled the hideous opera bouffe formerly known as the Vietnam "conflict". This graphic novel does an admirable job of summing up the sorrowful history of this war. My sincerest sympathy to all service men and women involved."
"I always enjoyed Dominick Dunne's writings and this book is no exception. Still, it reads as if he put all of his past writings in a blender, mixed 'em up good, then spilled the contents into leather (paperboard) bindings. In other words, I feel like I've read it all before in slightly different permutations. Nonetheless, props to you, Mr. Dunne."
"Atul Guwande, who is a surgeon and quite a good writer, makes a pretty compelling case that life is most effectively lived when guided by checklists. I liked the book, but I have not made any checklists yet. Except this one."
"I've never been a great fan of Patti Smith's music, and not at all a fan of most of Robert Mapplethorpe's, er, art, but this is one of the most well-written and moving biographies I have ever read. And I've read a million of them."
"A good yarn, but not Grafton's best. Here are some other authors I always read and enjoy no matter whether their latest has garnered good or bad reviews: John Updike, Philip Roth, Barbara Pym, David McCullough, Doris K Goodwin, Scott Turow, Muriel Spark, Ron Chernow, Sarah Vowell, David Sedaris, Lee Childs, John Grisham, Anita Shreve, Curtis Sittenfield, Elizabeth George."