“Bejewelled Treasures offers a bit of exotica . . .”
Hans Christian Andersen wrote a fable about weavers who promised their emperor a new suit of clothes.
What perplexes most is that if an author is going to immerse herself in a subject, why can’t she be fluent with the language and vocabulary of that topic?
After the horror of Kristallnacht in November 1938, the author’s frightened parents lived in mortal fear of Nazi persecution.
Death in Hollywood is always more interesting if it hints at murder, and The Ice Cream Blonde by Michelle Morgan does just that.
In Alone on the Wall, author and free solo climbing phenomenon Alex Honnold with veteran climber and mountaineering author David Roberts, make a game attempt at doing the impossible: captu
Kepler and the Universe by David Love is an interesting, informative, and exciting book—especially if the reader has an interest in science or wants to know more about the famed scientific
Anghiari was a minor battle on June 29, 1440, in a series of otherwise all too common Florentine defeats as this commune spiraled toward the bottom in the years of the Italian Renaissance.
This is such an elegant and luscious book for the mind and the heart.
Common wisdom has it, I think, that, word for word, quip by quip, writer/producer/actress Tina Fey is our leading candidate for modern-age version of Dorothy Parker.
It’s hard to slam a book whose authors really, really want readers to like them.
Morgens Trolle Larsen’s Ancient Kanesh: A Merchant Colony in Bronze Age Anatolia tells the history of the exploration of a city “of the first attested commercial society in world history”
It has often been asked whether Haute Couture is an art, but rarely has that question been applied to or asked of Haute Coiffure—that is if you even knew there was such a category of hair/hairdress
One of the hallmarks of modern communication is the glossy, well-illustrated general science based histories of the origins of our species.
Cultures around the world celebrate the concept of living to achieve a good death. A writer can have a life that makes for as engrossing a story as any tale he or she could invent.
“In an uncertain, overstressed world, full flavor + comfort seems an ideal combination.”
In recent years several writers have discovered the forgotten, ignored, or lost early maritime history of the United States.
“reminds us how fortunate we have been that Ruth Ginsburg came our way at the right time.”
What is so remarkable about books such as this one is that their titles are often misleading and always highly subjective.
It’s a theatrical occasion when a celebrated playwright gets around to publishing his memoirs and reveals how a play is born.
“A rewarding collection whether read straight through or sampling here and there.”
“nothing too exotic, but with just enough of a twist to keep bakers and breakfast-eaters happy.”
The last couple of decades have seen a steady stream of fully documented, honest, readable, and scholarly single works on American slavery.
“The degree of media, materials, and forms presented is truly extraordinary.”
The contents of Clive Arrowsmith: Fashion, Beauty & Portraits are nothing short of breathtaking.