Monday, July 1 2013
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas’ honest and forthright style, her often dry wit, and her unique ability to find connections where most would find none make reading this book time well spent.
Sunday, June 30 2013
This compendium provides a fitting tribute to punk's intellectual and political energy, harnessed to a friendlier, if assaultive, approach that invites in all to play and listen.
Thursday, June 27 2013
If being an efficient worker under capitalism means making enough money to have a comfortable life, having the means to acquire that comfortable life means not having the time to participate in the personal and social relationships that make it comfortable.
This enthralling book brings together a collection of 12 case studies where horror narratives have been used to improve the teaching of philosophy, psychology, gender studies, film, and classical literature.
Wednesday, June 26 2013
In Mark Mazzetti’s essential book, the entire dark alchemy of America’s post-9/11 campaign of worldwide assassinations and dirty tricks, where soldiers started acting like spies and spies turned into soldiers, is revealed in gripping and sobering detail.
Tuesday, June 25 2013
Neither properly a bird nor entirely human, Raven Girl embodies elements of both and is thus trapped between worlds, and it is her striving to find her rightful place that forms the arc of this narrative.
In the space of minutes Sonali Deraniyagala went from being the matriarch in a loving family spanning three generations to being utterly alone.
Monday, June 24 2013
This novel turns inward, where the shadows hover over even the sunniest of days for those who endure in an island constantly threatened by rain, salt, and slurry.
Discussing Laurence Sterne, Friedrich Schiller, Adam Smith, Lord Shaftesbury, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, Mary Shelley, D. W. Griffith, Frank Capra and others may seem culturally crowded, but Chandler is so learned, his prose so lucid, that he weaves them together with impressive dexterity.
Sunday, June 23 2013
The World of the End just proves that the end of one’s life might not be the end of one’s loves, and makes you really re-think that old line from the marriage ceremony, "'till death do us part."
Thursday, June 20 2013
Art historian Elizabeth Childs' new book on Paul Gauguin and John La Farge shows us how the colonial imagination contributed to the exoticism associated with Tahiti and the South Seas.
A story of jazz, wealth and family; 'Nica' Pannonica de Koenigswarter's life was truly one for the ages.
Wednesday, June 19 2013
I was a child who lived largely in books. I fell into this latest edition of Little Women with the same old joy, balancing Shealy’s ungainly volume in my lap, oblivious to the hockey playoffs blaring in the background.
From the things we want to remember to the things we wish we could forget, The Totally Sweet '90s is a fun-filled jaunt down memory lane.
Tuesday, June 18 2013
There’s no shortage of good research to be conducted on modern television, nor can it truly be said that what Leigh Edwards has accomplished isn’t good research.
Democracy of Sound examines the roles of piracy and copyright law in the last century and has something to say about the fate of both in this century.
Monday, June 17 2013
What should have been a lively romp from a notable author gets mired in the mundane.
Investigative reporter and Detroit native Steve Miller takes us from the glory days of Grande Ballroom to the time when Kid Rock rapped -- and beyond. Wayne Kramer, Jack White, Violent J, and others appear.
Sunday, June 16 2013
This collection of short stories is a sharp, seductive venture into the foibles of marriage, infidelity and friendship among today's 30- and 40-somethings, with echoes of Updike, Freudenberger and Noah Baumbach.
Thursday, June 13 2013
What does it mean to be a revolutionary leftist today?There is still that tapping at your shoulder, that whisper in your ear that you once knew, when you were young, idealistic, in college -- Marx was right and you know it.