- Nonfiction Reviews: Week of 8/28/2006
A Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous SiblingsStella Tillyard.
- Audio Reviews: Week of 7/30/2007
This is appropriate, since, after all, Carpenter is supposed to be the one telling us this witty, well-plotted, highly entertaining shaggy dog story.
Although at times rambling and self-pitying, these knowing oral histories are an emotional boon for birth mothers and adoptees struggling to make sense of troubled pasts.
- Fiction Reviews
Mun is careful not to lean on the '80s ambience, and Joon's voice, purged of self-pity, sounds clear and strong on every page.
- Fiction Reviews: Week of 7/10/2006
The Uses of EnchantmentHeidi Julavits.
You always have to give 200 percent."
- Fiction Book Reviews: 6/29/2009
They're not hiding anything from the reader, though: Kane tells us too much up front, and little is left for the big reveal.
- Nonfiction: Nonfiction Reviews Week of 7/31/2006
With Their Backs to the World: Portraits from SerbiaÅsne Seierstad, trans. by Sindre Kartvedt.
- Nonfiction Reviews: Week of 5/26/2008
Despite the pervasive self-pity that suffuses Seligman's account—and a self-centeredness that might put off some readers—her memoir offers valuable insight into the often heavy and anonymous burden shouldered by military families.
- Fiction Book Reviews: 8/10/2009
Axler overlooks all the signs that should warn him not to trust too much in the affair and instead tries out more and more sexual turns with Pegeen (spanking, strap-ons, role play), until one night they pick up a drunk local for a three-way that might prove to be soul
- Fiction Book Reviews: 2/15/2010
Instead of playing to his strengths, Irish society and politics (as he did in All the Dead Voices), Hughes puts Loy on the track of a serial killer without offering anything new to the concept.
- Fiction Reviews: Week of 7/30/2007
If You Liked School, You'll Love Work Irvine Welsh.
- Fiction Reviews: 12/18/2006
The woman, Annie, who fled Vietnam as a child, also discreetly watches Mike when not servicing clients like Donald Goetzler, a haunted Vietnam vet who uses Annie's high-priced attentions to quell his tortured psyche.
Detective: The Inspirational Story of the Trailblazing Woman Cop Who Wouldn't QuitKathy Burke and Neal Hirschfeld.
- Fiction Book Reviews
She's been gone 10 years and is now uncomfortable around her brother, Jared, and sister, Wendy; while confronting her past, she also tries to discern the meaning of her mother's suicide note: “He isn't who you think he is.”