Saturday, April 19, 2014

I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring by Henry J. Eyring

Things I liked:
1. More frank than your average LDS-leader-bio hagiography (but this isn't Rough Stone Rolling).
2. Lots of excerpts from President Eyring's journal, which provided lots of in-the-moment color.
3. Most church members know the leaders just as conference speakers which, of course, plays to the strengths of some but not to others. President Eyring's speaking style is not one of my favorites (I think it is that second person address thing), so it was good to see a different side of him.
4. His sketches. Wow.

Things I didn't:
1. I've said this about other bios, but it is disturbing to see how much time they spend away from their families, both in their professions and in their church callings.
2. There is something . . . vaguely unfortunate/unsettling . . . about the insularity of church leaders as portrayed in this book. It makes me feel like a Bad Person to say that, but you really get the feeling that they and their multi-generational LDS families and their overlapping educations/career/calling paths exist within a bubble that is largely separate from the rest of the church.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Decent, but the characters were flat and it seemed too-obviously set up for a sequel.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much. I was just completely charmed by this one.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Letters to a Young Mormon by Adam Miller

I did a sort of joint review of this book at Times & Seasons.

Review copy provided by publisher.

The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona

It really irks me when historical fiction forgets or ignores the fact that people in times past did not have the same mind-set (supporting feminism, individualism, self-determination, etc.) that we have today. But I can almost forgive this book for committing that most common of sins because the setting was so interesting. But the plotting and writing were pretty mediocre, and the setting wasn't enough to overcome all of those weaknesses.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

I actually kind of liked this.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

I can't figure out why this book has won so many awards and why everyone seems to love it. There were a few bright spots here, but it really did nothing for me.

Review copy provided by publisher.

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