PositiveThe Washington PostThe quest memoir is a balky beast. To tame it as well as Canadian journalist Sasha Chapin does in All the Wrong Moves, you’ll need an obscure but preferably universal target of obsession — chess mastery, in his case ... \'It’s tricky to explain the appeal of chess to someone who doesn’t play,\' Chapin concedes, yet he makes all the right moves in doing just that.
Daniel de Vise
PositiveThe Washington PostThat blend of chaos, kindness and cruelty typifies the scenes that journalist de Visé brings to life in this sympathetic-verging-on-reverential retelling of LeMond’s trailblazing career (first American to enter the tour, first to win it) ... As a reporter, de Visé skates lightly over the objective facts of that ordeal. As an author in quest of his protagonist’s motivation, though, he subjects it to extreme torque: \'Greg found, in cycling, the ultimate distraction from his own demons, the pain of guilt and sorrow and humiliation that still roiled his brain from the months of [childhood] sexual abuse.\' With The Comeback, LeMond appears to have finally dropped his demons.
RaveThe Washington Post\"His heartfelt (if obsessional) salvage job starts to make sense as you scan the endnotes and realize that Caddyshack has been the author\'s lifelong passion ... \'Oh!\' exults Carl. \'He got all of that one! He\'s gotta be pleased with that.\' Nashawaty should feel likewise about his scene-stealing book.\
Bruce Campbell and Craig Sanborn
PositiveThe Washington PostEven if Hail to the Chin doesn’t make Bruceniks of us all, die-hard fans will embrace it as canon ... Fans will also discover that headliner Jeffrey Donovan, 10 years Campbell’s junior, 'became like a younger brother to me.' And they will savor the news that big bad Bruce turns the wild lavender on his Oregon property into sweet-smelling soaps and sachets — ideal gifts for the fragrant Teamsters on the Miami-based set.
RaveThe Washington Post...the author doesn’t merely beckon you in for a sit-down and a cuppa; she springs a back panel to her mind and guides you down the thought paths inside — some dark, others dappled, all converging confidently on the things that truly matter in our lifetimes.