PositiveThe Wall Street Journal... in Press Reset [Schreier] draws a broader portrait of the volatile videogame industry. He follows the employees at a number of companies as they navigate the highs and lows of a rewarding yet frequently chaotic line of work ... Press Reset is full of eye-opening firsthand reports.
PositiveThe Christian Science MonitorThe Oscar-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher chronicles the unlikely friendship between a South African naturalist and an octopus ... It’s also a celebration of the ocean’s strange beauty. So too is Helen Scales’ The Brilliant Abyss ... The author lucidly explains not only the geological contours of the deep but also the animals that inhabit it ... Scales bids us to think of the deep not merely as a place to exploit for resources, but as a wondrous abode that we are compelled to protect— a precious realm that we should all care about.
PositiveOpen Letters ReviewMuch of the advanced praise for A Theater for Dreamers —the book was first published in the UK last year—speaks to its immersive, transporting nature, and that assessment is spot on ...Erica is an observant witness to this island drama, even as she processes her own trauma. Samson’s character sketches—she’s currently writing the introductions for the reissues of Charmian’s two memoirs—remain convincing and well-done throughout, as the jealousies and suspicions of her various personages escalate to a boil ... successfully brings to life a lost milieu in all its scenery and personality. It’s the perfect read for this time of resurgent travel.
PositiveThe Wall Street JournalIn short, staccato chapters, Mr. Catelli recounts his investigation into the circumstances surrounding Camus’s car crash. He also revisits the Soviet invasion of Hungary and Camus’s connection to a pair of literary figures: the Czech writer Jan Zábrana and the Russian writer Boris Pasternak. Mr. Catelli’s case is compelling but far from ironclad, and some readers will be more convinced than others. But his book provides a clear and useful window into the currents that political writers were forced to navigate during the Cold War ... Mr. Catelli can be somewhat breathless in telling his story ... Mr. Catelli is admirable in his dogged pursuit. He strives to determine who was the source for Zábrana’s diary entry, and speculates how the Soviets could have known Camus’s itinerary that fateful day in 1960. He meets with Zábrana’s widow, Marie Zábranová, who shares candidates who might have told her husband about the Camus incident ... Ultimately, Mr. Catelli may have more to say about Camus the man and writer than Camus the murder victim.
RaveThe Open Letters Review... [Saunders] instills the collected fictions with a new layer of richness. That said, taking these stories a \'page at a time,\' as the author himself acknowledges, is a bit tedious. I, for one, was glad that for the rest of the way, Saunders saves his comments for afterwards ... Saunders brings his own humanist sensibility to these stories ... Saunders’s tone remains charmingly self-deprecating, as he probes these stories’ merits both in composition and philosophical content. Above all, he pours his ever-generous heart into his readings, often revealing hidden threads of humor and compassion ... would be worth owning if only to have all seven stories in a single volume. Yet beyond that, George Saunders has written a loving tribute not only to the giants of Russian literature, not just to the short story, but to fiction itself.