When I read this book, I enjoyed the story and the characterizations, but in the back of my mind, I kept thinking "This is the guy who made a big stink about being in Oprah's book club. Elitist prat." Despite that, it was an enjoyable book.
Pocket sized book of wisdom from the Breslover Rebbe. I keep it in my desk drawer at work to read as devotions and to study.
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov suffered from depression and died young, but he struggled mightily against his depression and his work reflects that. This is a good book for people who are also struggling with the spiritual aspects of depression.
This book has something for everyone. A little sci-fi in that it's set in the future, a little murder mystery/police procedural, a little political thriller, and it's set in Russia, so there's exoticism as well.
This is one of my favorite books. Kingsolver has a rich narrative style and she describes the land the way other writers might describe a fine meal. The cultural and political subtext are intriguing. I highly recommend this book.