RaveSt. Louis Post-Dispatch... a marvelous book ... Moore researched her subject thoroughly, scouring old newspapers, letters, diaries and oral histories to pluck details to build a compelling narrative.
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RavePittsburgh Post-GazetteHer writing is gorgeous and vivid. As you read, you smell the cooking pots and incense around the characters, you run with them, hide with them, feel the searing pain in their bare feet, mourn with them ... the story is buoyed, too, by the family’s extraordinary resilience ... This book is so devastating in places as to be unbearable, but then the flow of the writing and the story brings you onto a wave of hope. Then you ride the resilience to the next trough, and so on, until you are nearing the end, wistfully, wishing to stick around longer to witness a good life for the adult Huong.
Emma Copley Eisenberg
PositivePittsburgh Post-GazetteMs. Eisenberg shares deeply personal experiences of her time in Pocahontas County, exposing her vulnerabilities, her own heavy drinking, her relationships with the men there and how deeply she had come to feel about the rugged pouch of land below the Eastern Panhandle ... Besides being a compelling read, this book advances the efforts of other storytellers who have tried to cut through the devious and hurtful attitudes about Appalachia to reveal an abiding humanity in its quirky soul.
RavePittsburgh Post-Gazette...captivating ... Hunter’s Moon is not an uplifting book. It is laced with tragedy and heartbreak. But what makes it so enticing, what makes you almost want to start it again as soon as you finish it, is the stellar writing and the captivating relationships Mr. Caputo creates among his characters, one of which is the rugged and beautiful Upper Peninsula ... additional kudos for [Caputo\'s] ability to write women who are not only believable and three-dimensional but influential and strong ... I almost re-read this book before writing this review.
Mick Cornett with Jayson White
PositivePittsburgh Post-GazetteIn the urban upswing of people-centered place making, Tulsa is going gangbusters in the 21st century, but OK City, much bigger and more challenged, has a more amazing story to tell—and Mr. Cornett tells it with wit, self-deprecation and generosity. He doesn’t gloss over the difficulty of his city’s reinvention, but he is obviously proud as all get-out ... Mr. Cornett is not claiming that middle-sized cities are threatening to depopulate New York or San Francisco. He affirms the importance of all cities pursuing their visions and dreams and building on their unique stories.
PositiveThe Pittsburgh Post-GazetteWhat makes Ms. Barker’s writing compelling, besides its artlessness and precision, is her unsentimental, almost detached eye. She weaves narrative and reportage so skillfully, you don’t realize how much empathy you’re suffering; you’re too busy being involved in what’s happening. She puts you there without making it overly visceral ... This is another fine work by a great writer.
RaveThe Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAs president since 2000, President Kagame has fooled much of the world into thinking his country is a happy democracy ... But author Anjan Sundaram tells a different story, one so chilling and painful that it should encourage international eyes on elections there.