February 13, 2013
Grief is hot these days, the market for the grief memoir apparently insatiable. With all due respect, we can’t resist the train wreck, the impossible accident, the ravages of cancer and mental illness, the suicide. Manguso’s slim and stunning The Guardians is not, however, your standard grief memoir. Not by a mile.
December 3, 2012
People have strong feelings about some of our lifetime’s greatest minds, but some are just not up for debate. Add to this group Christopher Hitchens, whose own brilliance remained evident even through his dying days, as he wrote his last work, Mortality.
October 9, 2012
'Reading isn’t the opposite of doing,' Will Schwalbe writes in his book. 'It’s the opposite of dying.' And herein lies the central theme of his memorable and poignant story.
September 9, 2012
This classic young adult novel is as poignant and timeless today as it was when it was originally published in 1978 -- a fitting read for young adults and big adults alike.
August 8, 2012
About This Book: A kayak accident during a South American adventure takes one woman to heaven — where she experienced God’s peace, joy, and angels — and back to life again. In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak [...]
April 22, 2012
There are a few things you don't expect to see in a young adult book. Somewhere near the top of the list would probably be Hell. But that's what makes Heck so surprising.
March 27, 2012
What happens to us after we die? Not in the context of an afterlife or lack thereof, but really, physically – what happens to our bodies? It’s this question that is at the core of Mary Roach’s book Stiff.