I was going to start this review by listing categories of people that should read this book: people interested in gender roles, people interested in family, people interested in science, people interested in human folly, women, men... I couldn't stop listing. Everyone should read this book. It is a fascinating chronicle of of one man's life that serves as an allegory for the hubris of science and all sorts of other trouble. It's also an indictment of Freud, which I like, too.
One of my favorite Hiaasens. A page-turner of old fashioned newspaper journalism, a yummy reluctant romance, and of course, murder (but always interesting amusing murder-- cartoon violence, nothing I can't handle). Oh, except this one has less environmentalism and more rock and roll. And you can tell Hiaasen really believes in his narrator. Totally fun and satisfying.
I found this almost unreadable. I'm sure she has some good ideas, but I had to read 30 rambling pages before I got to her thesis, and even then I was underwhelmed. I'm sure I agree with a lot of what she's saying. Unfortunately, too many references, too much flowery language and a manic pace do not make me wait to hear her point.
A fascinating portrait of a midwestern family... aging. Grown children, their interactions with their parents, spouses, etc. Sad and trenchant. Like John Updike, but less wordy, like Anne Tyler, but less quirky. Well sketched characters. Enjoyable, but hard to swallow in parts (recognize too much of my own family, maybe?).
Fantastically funny and well-written story of a youth plagued not by garden variety OCD, but by scrupulosity, a more rare form that's possibly more fascinating. She also reflects eloquently on her half-Jewish, half-Catholic upbringing.
A fast-paced (of course, he's manic!) account of a more-manic-than-usual man enduring and ultimately understanding the throes of bipolar disorder. A court drama and New York references thrown in for good measure. A nice read.
A wonderful first novel from an exciting young Japanese writer. Interestingly, her protagonist in her other novel is an HIV positive white teenager, but this one goes to her roots and is perfectly told.