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There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction

Bellow’s nonfiction has the same strengths as his stories and novels: a dynamic responsiveness to character, place and time (or era).

God Help the Child: A novel

Unlike "The Bluest Eye," which is a challenging novel, resisting easy resolution, "God Help the Child" rarely stirs into articulated life.

On the Move: A Life

This is a more intimate book than Dr. Sacks’s earlier ventures into autobiographical territory, like “Uncle Tungsten,” and the more he tells us about himself, the more we come to see how rooted his own gifts as an artist and a doctor are in his early family experiences in England and what he once thought of as emotional liabilities.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

“Missoula” ends up sounding only one cautionary note in a debate that’s becoming ever more layered and ­cacophonous.

Ordinary Light: A memoir

In “Ordinary Light,” Smith writes as a daughter who has lost her mother and is thinking of her own daughter as she submits to the “powerful nostalgia for the very years I was in the process of living, when the world of my family was the only heaven I needed to believe in.”

The Death of Small Creatures

There is no cozy hindsight, just the raw and repetitive monotony of self-destruction.

Black Run
Kirkus Reviews : Black Run (April 28, 2015)

The suspects are thin as onionskin, and the culprit might have been plucked from a hat. But Rocco’s detective chops are as authentic as his crabbiness and his matter-of-fact corruption, and the denouement at Leone’s funeral has to set some kind of record for calculated bad taste.

The Road to Character: The Humble Journey to an Excellent Life

The Road to Character is confused and contradictory. Brooks berates the lack of an inner life, in a culture in which he says, “the competition to succeed and win admiration is so fierce that it becomes all-consuming”.

Blood on Snow: A novel

You’d imagine there was far more meat to dig into, investigating a man who kills for a living; he does his best, but in the end, Olav doesn’t possess the sheer, page-turning magnetism of Harry Hole.

Smash Cut

Gooch’s story is compelling, his telling it not always so.

Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Hissing Cousins proves that being a Roosevelt, and a woman, is not a zero-sum game.

A Buzz in the Meadow

It is laughter, or rather the joy of life that is expressed by laughter, that knits A Buzz in the Meadow together.

The Strays

This story of bohemian living is about more than champagne and cigars; the strong bonds, bleak outcomes and moral struggles of its central female characters give? The Strays its substance.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A novel

This is a heroic book marred by its determination to demonstrate high seriousness, which often collapses into pop philosophy. But for all its overstriving, this is a book you should read.

Signs Preceding the End of the World

Herrera’s great achievement lies in elevating the harsh epic of “crossing” to the “other side” to soaring myth.

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education

What I took from Robinson’s impassioned work is the never-ending need for innovation in education.

The Barefoot Lawyer

The book contains shocking details about the horrors of the Chinese penal system.

Downstream: A History and Celebration of Swimming the River Thames

Hurrah, then, for Caitlin Davies, who fearlessly dives into the Thames to restore its reputation as a source of pleasure and even sensuality.

The Dirty Dust: Cré na Cille

Translating Cré na Cille cannot have been easy. Titley is one of the few — in the world — who possesses the necessary combination of linguistic and literary skills required for the task, and he has made a difficult work readable and accessible in more ways than one.

Binary Star

Binary Star suspends us in this state, and our stomachs lurch only when the ride stops.