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Book Review Roundup

Book Review Roundup: The Art Of Cruelty And Things You Need To Know About Stieg Larsson

Posted 09.10.2011 | Books

"The Art of Cruelty" by Maggie Nelson Slate Whatever distaste we may feel when they thrust brutality in our faces, Nelson is right to urge that ...

Book Review Roundup: Short Stories And Scientology Secrets

Posted 09.04.2011 | Books

"The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers and Child Traffickers" by Scott Carney Seattle PI The bo...

Book Review Roundup: A Portrait Of India And A Dissection Of A Novel That Changed The Course Of History

Posted 08.20.2011 | Books

"The Secret Knowledge On the Dismantling of American Culture" by David Mamet New York Times This is an extraordinarily irritating book, written ...

Book Review Roundup: British Rock And An Amazonian Forest Adventure

Posted 08.06.2011 | Books

"Daughters of the Revolution" by Carolyn Cooke San Francisco Chronicle This is a dramatic social novel, a successful entwining of people that c...

Book Review Roundup: A Web Of Lies And The Getty's Ethically Unsound Undertakings

Posted 07.23.2011 | Books

"Tangled Webs" by James Stewart Washington Post As in earlier books such as “Blood Sport” and “Den of Thieves,” Stewart offers riveting ...

Book Review Roundup: A Forgotten Founding Father And Something Juicy

Posted 07.09.2011 | Books

"The Forgotten Founding Father" by Joshua Kendall Los Angeles Times In one critical respect, Webster is a biographer's dream, with an abundance ...

Book Review Roundup: Obama's Mom's Bio And A Book About Heaven And Hell

Posted 07.03.2011 | Books

"The Summer Without Men" by Siri Hustvedt New York Times Hustvedt’s novels tend to be as somber as they are intellectually invigorating. Her g...

Book Review Roundup: War And Shakespeare

Posted 06.25.2011 | Books

"1861: The Civil War Awakening" by Adam Goodheart The New York Times Not everyone will be enamored of “1861.” Some will object that it conce...

Book Review Roundup: Surviving Natural Disasters And Shakespeare On Justice

Posted 06.18.2011 | Books

"The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life" by Elijah Anderson Slate In Anderson's case, the greatest contribution of his book...

Book Review Roundup: David Foster Wallace's Posthumous Novel And A Guide To Modern Poetry

Posted 06.11.2011 | Books

"The Pale King" by David Foster Wallace Slate Incomplete or not, The Pale King is whole enough, a fully imagined, often exquisitely fleshed-out ...

Book Review Roundup: Essays By Tina Fey And The Abuse Of Literature

Posted 06.04.2011 | Books

"Bossy Pants" by Tina Fey Los Angeles Times If nothing else, "Bossypants" should make any profile of Fey unnecessary, since it provides, in abun...

Book Review Roundup: Sexcapades And Faulkner Anecdotes

Posted 05.28.2011 | Books

"Every Day by the Sun" by Dean Faulkner Wells Los Angeles Times Happily for us, her affectionate, unblinking memoir gives us a vivid snapshot o...

Book Review Roundup: Victorian Sex And Alan Arkin's Memoir

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"An Improvised Life: A Memoir" by Alan Arkin January Magazine Fans and admirers of the Academy Award-winning star will enjoy "An Improvised Lif...

Book Review Roundup: A History Of Information And Short Stories Galore

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Give Me Your Heart" by Joyce Carol Oates Los Angeles Times Oates isn't writing horror fiction, but she might as well be. Her stories pack the s...

Book Review Roundup: Keith Richards And Bath Toys

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Tiger, Tiger" by By Margaux Fragoso New York Times It's testimony to Fragoso's narrative abilities that she can render both her own and Curran'...

Book Review Roundup: Hemingway's First Wife And A Book Of Short Stories

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Gryphon: New and Selected Stories" by Charles Baxter Washington Post Many of these 23 stories will already be familiar to his fans, all having appe...

Lots Of Love And A Little Anarchy

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady" by Elizabeth Stuckey-­French New York Times "The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady" is populated exclusively by...

A Marriage Memoir And A Book About Death: Book Reviews You Might Have Missed

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Shortcut Man" by P.G. Sturges The Washington Post But overall, this is an assured and diverting performance, with an ending that should impress eve...

Philosophy And A J.D. Salinger Biography

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Examined Lives" by James Miller New York Times Few readers will be astounded to learn that philosophers make as much of a mess of their lives as an...

Why Mark Twain Should Have Burned His Letters

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"The Memory Chalet" by Susan Salter Reynolds The Los Angeles Times One of the nation's leading public intellectuals, Judt was inspired by historian Jo...

What Does The Guy Who Killed Pluto Have To Say For Himself?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"How I Killed Pluto: And Why It Had It Coming" by Mike Brown The New York Times But Dr. Brown has a unique distinction: He was, for a few hours in 2...

Rap, Eloise, Seabiscuit And Doughnuts

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Autobiography of Mark Twain" by Mark Twain The American-Statesman Twain was insistent never to write a coherent, chronological account of his life. A...

The Beatles, The Stones, The Raiders

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock 'n' Roll Rivalry" by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot Seattle Pi Three subjects are no...

Lennon, Dylan, Sinatra And Marilyn Monroe

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

'Fragments' by Marilyn Monroe The Los Angeles Times Unless, of course, that author happens to have been famous and somewhat mysterious, which is the c...

Movie Flops, Reality TV And The Constitution

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self" by Danielle Evans The New York Times Evans follows girls and young women who are intelligent, gutsy and blac...