- REVIEW: 'The Undertaking,' by Audrey Magee
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: Books, Wednesday - 10/22/2014 - 12:51 PM
FICTION: A young German soldier and his wife become casualties of war in a powerful and poignant depiction of great love, grand dreams and bitter disillusionment.
- A celebration of American reading from the author of ‘Reading Lolita in Tehran’
Washington Post, Tuesday - 10/21/2014 - 04:47 PM
Azar Nafisi is an enthusiast. In the epilogue to her book, “The Republic of Imagination,” she states that she began her analysis (but, really, celebration) of American literature intending to write about 24 books. She ended up choosing three: “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Babbitt” and “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” In these works by Mark Twain, Sinclair Lewis and Carson McCullers, she finds the essence of the American experience, filtered through narratives not about exceptionalism or fabulous success, but alienation, solitude and landscape.
- Leon Panetta’s ‘Worthy Fights’
New York Times: Books, Tuesday - 10/21/2014 - 03:02 PM
Leslie H. Gelb reviews Leon Panetta’s memoir, which recounts a career in public service, including stints as White House chief of staff, director of the C. I. A. and defense secretary.
- Christopher Hill's Undiplomatic Exit
Wall Street Journal: Books, Monday - 10/20/2014 - 10:47 PM
It wasn’t the ‘neocons’ who torpedoed the ambassador’s dream of a ‘blockbuster deal’ with North Korea, but dictator Kim Jong Il.
- Amazon.com and Simon & Schuster reach multiyear agreement for print and digital books
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: Books, Monday - 10/20/2014 - 09:55 PM
- REVIEWS: 'Leaving the Pink House,' by Ladette Randolph, and 'In Search of the Perfect Loaf,' by Samuel Fromartz
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: Books, Monday - 10/20/2014 - 02:47 PM
- Samuel Hynes Discusses His Book ‘The Unsubstantial Air’
New York Times: Books, Monday - 10/20/2014 - 01:07 PM
Samuel Hynes’s new book, “The Unsubstantial Air: American Fliers in the First World War,” was inspired by his life of flying, most notably as an airman in World War II.
- Ebola and the Epidemics of the Past
Wall Street Journal: Books, Monday - 10/20/2014 - 12:47 AM
Essay: Just a few generations ago, progress against infectious disease convinced Americans that modern medicine had won the battle against microbes, David Oshinsky writes. Why is the public so skeptical today?
- Book review: ‘The Brewer’s Tale,’ a history of beer, by William Bostwick
Washington Post, Saturday - 10/18/2014 - 08:49 PM
In “Bird by Bird,” Anne Lamott’s book of advice for writers, she warns against sitting down with the idea of tackling a vast and overwhelming subject such as “a play about the immigrant experience or a history of — oh, say — women.” Read full article >>
- Ebola Invokes Plague Term 'Quarantine'
Wall Street Journal: Books, Saturday - 10/18/2014 - 12:47 AM
The 40-day period that gave ‘quarantine’ its name may have had Biblical sources.
- Cultural Studies: A Not-So-Young Audience for Young Adult Books
New York Times: Books, Friday - 10/17/2014 - 07:01 PM
An adult who reads books for young people counters critics who say she should keep to her own age.
- Michael Dirda reviews ‘The Immortal Evening’ by Stanley Plumly
Washington Post, Thursday - 10/16/2014 - 04:47 PM
“On December 28, 1817,” writes Stanley Plumly, “the painter Benjamin Robert Haydon hosts what he refers to in his diaries and ‘Autobiography’ as the ‘immortal dinner.’ The stated reasons for the dinner are, one, that Haydon wants to introduce his young friend John Keats to the great William Wordsworth, and, two, that Haydon wishes to celebrate his progress on his most important and largest historical painting so far, ‘Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem.’ ” Read full article >>