Nobody skewers college football better than Gilbert Gaul, not with bombast but with a financial spreadsheet he began compiling as an Inquirer reporter. In his absorbing new book, Billion-Dollar Ball, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner uses statistics, interviews with college administrators, and his own bulldog tenacity to make a stinging indictment of a sport gone mad.
Here's the news: W. W. Norton, driven by editors Ann Goldstein and Robert Weil, has collected the writings of Primo Levi, the Italian novelist, poet, memoirist, and concentration camp survivor - introduced by Toni Morrison and translated by writers such as Jenny McPhee and Jonathan Galassi - and created a boxed set of three wonderful books.
Even as double lives go, Rose Eytinge's was unusual.
A leading actress best known for her portrayal of a "bibulous prostitute" in the stage production of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, Eytinge nonetheless needed extra income to supplement her extravagant lifestyle. Her solution: smuggle silks, sat
Brief Candle in the Dark, Richard Dawkins' sequel to his 2013 Appetite for Wonder, is a jam-packed memoir by a brilliant, complex, and contradictory man. The seventysomething Dawkins writes of his fascinating life from the 1970s to the present as a professor, scientist, writer, documentarian, husband, loving father, and atheist with humor and occasional hints of humility.
The 2016 selection for One Book, One Philadelphia is the 1997 Civil War novel Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.
The Free Library of Philadelphia and the mayor's office were scheduled to announce the selection Thursday morning in an event that will kick off the program's four-month reading period, during which about 800 copies of the book will circulate throughout each of the library's 61 branches.