Friday, April 4 2014
Philip Short's book is a masterfully written, sweeping narrative of Mitterrand’s life with decisive, revealing anecdotes and a meticulous chronicling of fact that is remarkable enough to be fiction.
Thursday, April 3 2014
There are a plethora of memoirs and true crime stories to read, but few of them are as eloquent and passionate as Things I’ve Learned from Dying: A Book About Life.
Wednesday, April 2 2014
"Our Germans beat their Germans," someone quipped when Wernher von Braun's team of rocketeers put Americans on the Moon, but Operation Paperclip reveals that US involvement with ex-Nazi scientists was far deeper, and far darker.
Tuesday, April 1 2014
You may not find yourself in lockstep with Frédéric Gros, but you will be glad you made the journey with him.
Monday, March 31 2014
If Sex in the City had been based on reality, it would have been more like the The Harm in Asking: My Clumsy Encounters with the Human Race.
Friday, March 28 2014
We live in a world filled with powerful, compact, networked computers -- a world that those computers are about to transform.
Thursday, March 27 2014
Writer Katherine Bouton was 30 years old when hearing in her left ear lessened. She did what most people would: she ignored it.
Wednesday, March 26 2014
Sex Scene offers a new angle for examining the "longest revolution", and demonstrates the profound ability of the media to influence how we think, and what we think about.
This innovative and heartfelt 'community history'-style biography reveals what made artist, DJ and community organizer Will Munro into one of Canada's queer icons.
Tuesday, March 25 2014
Have you ever wondered why biographer Blake Bailey has chosen to write at length about three notably disturbed men of letters?
A Japanese period of heightened tension, military marches, and personal discovery.
Monday, March 24 2014
I'll Take You There is really the biography of a musical family, centering on not one but two life stories: Mavis Staples’, and that of her biggest influence, dear ol' dad.
Jung Chang pays tribute to a complex ruler at the crossroads of change, and dispels the rigid caricature that has been portrayed for so long.
Friday, March 21 2014
After fighting so long as a Cassandra of the coming ecological catastrophe, Elizabeth Kolbert's latest, The Sixth Extinction, embraces the long view of disaster.
Thursday, March 20 2014
Elizabeth Lunbeck's The Americanization of Narcissism describes how this misunderstood concept has been inextricably woven into the fabric of American culture for decades.
Ron Currie Jr.'s smart, funny writing is overshadowed by an ambitious reach that falls short.
Wednesday, March 19 2014
Lorrie Moore resists the current trend of publishing a story collection with a central theme or gimmick. Hers are simply the products of random bolts of inspiration.
A curious manuscript. The specter of a small child. Cold fevers. That's right, it's a ghost story.
Tuesday, March 18 2014
Manto was no Charles Bukowski with a tendency to excoriate the perils of the female flesh, nor Alifa Rifaat, who wrote frankly about female desire and lust; he created his own world where women were not victims.
Monday, March 17 2014
Richard Florida is one-upping Karl Marx, casting the creative class as the rightful inheritors of the fruits of the Earth.