A two-fold tension runs throughout the book: Dyson’s persistence and creativity in solving engineering and design challenges, and his run-ins with British institutions and cultural prejudices about manufacturing
Ozeki embraces the reader in her accessible prose as if inviting a friend on an exciting new adventure.
The hiring of Michelle Boone was a stroke of genius. But it was surprising, too, at least from Boone’s side. For as perfect a hire as she was for the foundation, she pretty much could have any job she wanted in the cultural world.
This is not your typical self-help book.
What we have in “Beautiful World, Where Are You,” is a novel from a growing writer coming to terms with her recognition.
There is little nostalgia, but many hard facts: loved ones sick or dead, whole populations in turmoil, rulers ruthless and the helpless preyed upon, the planet neglected.
This is the landscape that writer David Gaffney and illustrator Dan Berry have plunged into with their graphic novel, “Rivers.” Dreams and “real” characters occupy a set of vignettes and it takes time to sort it out. But diligence in wading through the confusion pays off, eventually, since unlike the open questions of my recurring dream, these strands eventually resolve, aided by the fictional if intriguing app, Dreamr.
In the graphic novel “”Rebecca and Lucie,” with a subtitle that indicates it might be the first in a series to come, Pascal Girard refreshes the well-worn amatuer sleuth genre by making his detective a bored mother on maternity leave who inserts herself into the search for a missing neighbor, and conducts her investigation with a baby in tow.
Friedman’s anecdotes are packed with the stories of creators, from Judd Apatow to Stephen King to Kurt Vonnegut and Vonnegut’s theory that all stories fit into one of six narrative arc.