My Reading Life by Pat Conroy has some interesting book reports in it. In Gone With the Wind, he tells the story but always against the backdrop of what the book meant to his mother and the women of the South. He later explores other books by how he was affected. In between is a good bit of biography – all oriented about his writerly soul.
He doesn’t try for a lean style. I skipped paragraphs and felt I missed little.
Got the Great Santini from the library.