- Fla. man charged with killing 16-month-old son to play Xbox undisturbed
- Drones from the deep: Pentagon develops ocean-floor attack robots
- Michigan mayor slaps back atheists’ try to erect ‘reason station’ at city hall
- PHILLIPS: Where is the conservative establishment?
- 7.5-magnitude earthquake shakes southern Mexico
- ISTOOK: IRS “wants to throw us in jail,” says tea party leader
- Easter woes: Chocolate costs soar, becoming ‘unaffordable’ luxury
- Michaels craft chain confirms hackers hit 3M customers
- Special Forces’ suicide rates hit record levels — casualties of ‘hard combat’
- Many Americans would quickly face financial hardship after losing job, poll shows
Topic - Stephen L. Carter
As I suggested by quoting the book's first sentence, he often becomes melodramatic, or pretentious when he's going for profound, humorless when funny would help and funny when it doesn't, and fond of the occasional odd name or word: e.g., he describes a character as being "dubitante," which I had to go beyond my pocket-sized French-to-English dictionary to learn probably means "doubtful."
In that capacity, he wrote seven books of nonfiction, but as he showed — especially with the first two ("The Emperor of Ocean Park" and "New England White") — he can also write popular fiction.