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Terry Tempest Williams
Williams’ mother left Williams all her journals before she died. But when Williams goes to read the journals, she finds they are all blank. Unsure of what her mother meant by this, Williams takes readers on an introspective search that explores voice–how we find it, use it, and take care of it. In many ways, this seems to be the book Williams was born to write. Her words resonate as powerfully and deeply as in her other books, yet we learn more about her life and the connections that tie her to the land and to her family. Williams is a brilliant writer, and lovers of her work will not be disappointed.
Both haunting and beautiful, this book of short stories is not soon forgotten. The stories stick with you long after reading them. Englander writes with a certain candor and precision that is masterful. His stories force you to look deep inside yourself and to assess your true capacity for love, hate, courage, and forgiveness.
I call this the “Harry Potter book for adults.” Morgenstern has produced a story too well-written to not call it literature, yet richly visual and imaginative enough to transport her readers to a magical, absorbing world that will evoke the child-like wonder in all of us.
Keret is a literary mastermind. His stories challenge us to deepen our thoughts, digging past surface plots, until we recognize both the beauty and flaws in human nature and society. Entertaining and funny, dark and playful, Keret’s stories are fun, memorable and thought-provoking. Fans of Vonnegut will fall head-over-heels for Keret.
Refreshingly powerful. An absolutely beautiful story of sacrifice, human weakness, and strength. Cleave’s novel has been added to my all-time favorites list. Well-written, thought-provoking, and suspenseful– a worthy read.
Once again, Vonnegut demonstrates his signature ability to entertain, inspire, and engage readers. One of his rules of short story writing was to ensure the reader’s time was never wasted. He certainly stays true to that rule in this collection that was unpublished during his life. Thankfully, through posthumous publishing, Vonnegut lives on!
Each story in this book could stand on its own as an excellent example of powerful characterization. But what makes this novel superb is how well Rachman links the stories to the life of a newspaper struggling to survive in an evolving industry.
Hilarious. If you’re a fan of Tina Fey, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, or just humor in general, you’ll dig this book. Tina Fey’s charming and witty personality shines through in this funny memoir of how she rose to star status.
Definitely deserving of the Pulitzer prize, this book has so many intricate, well-crafted layers, you sometimes want to go back and re-read chapters to connect the dots between characters, themes and story lines. This book has a remarkable amount of breadth and depth crammed into a few hundred pages, including commentary on music and society, a variety of narrative styles, and a magnificent cast of complex characters that spans generations. A Visit from the Goon Squad is a thought-provoking epic that explores the inevitability of death and the art of aging with grace.