PositiveAP NewsAt times, the narrative drifts away from the Astor family itself ... It’s an effort to paint a fuller picture of the U.S. during the time period, but at times it feels like filler. Drawing mainly from secondary sources, Astor is a breezy overview of a storied family.
RaveAssociated Press\"While none of this may sound funny, Bamford is well versed in joking about her maladies and opens up in the hopes that others might not feel as alone as she was battling her illness. The memoir offers a candid look at Bamford\'s decades in self-help and support group services and compassionately urges anyone suffering to reach out and get help — anywhere they can find it.\
PositiveAssociated PressShe’s become an advocate for reform in the \'troubled teen\' industry, testifying before Congress about her experience ... Now embracing her ADHD as her \'superpower,\' these days Hilton focuses on being a mogul with a perfume and jewelry line and other ventures, with a legion of fans she calls her \'Little Hiltons.\'
PositiveAssociated PressCai’s debut novel has all the trappings of a breezy rom-com ... But Cai’s novel is decidedly not a rom-com ... With a compassionate lens, Cai’s novel details how disorienting it can be as a young adult to try to meld together the pieces of past and present to build a place for yourself that finally feels like home.
PositiveAssociated PressLovers of used paperbacks and 1990s nostalgia will find a lot to like about this wholesome debut novel, and are likely to leave it with a new book recommendation or two.
Bret Easton Ellis
PositiveAssociated Press\"...propulsive and twisty ... Fans of Ellis will welcome a return to the growing metafictional \'Ellisverse.\' Newcomers will either be drawn in or repelled by Ellis’ bleak mix of sex, violence and wealthy teenage disaffection.\
RaveAssociated PressThe lurid headlines of the stranger-than-fiction crime missed many crucial facts about the case, which author Kathleen Hale lays out in rigorous step-by-step detail that’s the result of seven years of research ... Hale’s compassionate look at the case is a compelling yet harrowing read that reveals how a seemingly innocent childhood friendship could lead to such a devastating outcome.
Marissa R. Moss
PositiveAssociated PressMarissa R. Moss chronicles how three singers – Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and Mickey Guyton — found ways to circumvent the traditional Nashville Music Row country music industry path and its \'good ol’ boy\' mentality to chart successful paths of their own ... As Moss shows, the women in Her Country, have managed to produce some of the most creative, inclusive and successful country music of the moment despite obstacles.
RaveWashington PostShannon peppers the memoir with inside-showbusiness anecdotes that make the memoir a hard-to-put down page turner ... Hello, Molly! paints a portrait of a resilient spirit persevering through tragedy and the cutthroat world of fame to build a fulfilling life for herself.
PositiveThe Associated Press... a breezy tour ... Spanning roughly the decades from the 1930s through the 1980s, Levy touches on the general comedy trends intertwined with several of the women’s careers...But he keeps his focus on the women’s individual stories, dividing the book into eight chapters that serve as mini profiles of each comedian ... Levy doesn’t delve too deeply into any individual story. But the overview serves as a useful starting point for comedy buffs wanting to learn more about each of these trailblazing comedians.
RaveThe Associated PressAuthor Sarah Weinman digs deep ... Meticulously researched, Scoundrel paints a portrait of a criminal adept at targeting people like Buckley who he could win over — but whose violent instincts eventually led to his downfall.