I have read both of Alice Sebold's other books and liked them. This one, I thought was creepy. She writes so well about "crazy" that the reader gets really caught up in it. The book just left me feeling unsettled, probably because I think that the crime was justified.
This book kind of weaves its way into your heart, the further you go along in it. it explores sexuality, friendship and grief, a potent combination. You can see the seeds that become Naslund's later books, The Four Spirits and Ahab's Wife.
I cried so much through the ending of this book I could hardly read it. That's because Enzo, a dog and the narrator, is a character the reader grows to love and respect. I know what he's talking about, I have 3 dogs. This book makes you want to just hug your dogs, look into their eyes and ask, "What are you thinking?"
This book contains "selections from the secrets of John Wooden's Pyramid of success. Hill shares the lessons that made Wooden's teams so successful on the court and his players such successes in life."
Oh, My gosh, this woman can write! I just finished "The Magician's Assistant" and went right into this book. They are very diferent and both riveting. "Bel Canto" is a story of hostages taken at a state event in South America. During the book, the reader gets to know and love both the hostages and some of the terrorists, too. It just shows that people are people, after all.
This is a joyous book with the ups and downs of life, handled graciously by the characters. Maria de los Santos is one of those authors I watch and get every book she writes...she has only written two and I've read them both. I wish her a long and prolific career!
Atul Gawande scores again with his second book, Better. Similar in format to his first book, Complications, this one explores some ideas and parts of the medical profession that are current and thought provoking. For example, as a physician whose duty it is to save people's lives, how do you reconcile attending an execution? Someone has to sign the death certificate. He talks about excellence in many areas...saving lives in Iraq, doctors who do it all in India, and what makes the best Cystic Fibrosis center in the US the absolute best. It is a book filled with inspiration and stories of people who go far above and beyond to do their best, thus making the system a little bit better.