Jonah Raskin

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Book Reviews by Jonah Raskin

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“What She Ate is for foodies, fashionistas, feminists, and for anyone who enjoys reading about meals as much as eating them.”

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Two hundred years after her death on July 18, 1817, Jane Austen and her novels are now more beloved than ever before.

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Books take us hostage and transport us to times and places where we ourselves can’t go, whether it’s to a remote tropical island or to the Parthenon in ancient Greece.

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Ever since it was first published in England in 1847 and in the U.S. in 1848, Jane Eyre has been a literary phenomenon, widely read, profoundly influential, and lovingly imitated.

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Sherman Alexie’s compelling memoir offers a mix of poetry and prose that links emotional intimacy to a powerful narrative that will likely keep readers off balance.

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One can always trust the police to be dogged and to keep voluminous records, though they’re not always accurate.

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“an author who has carved out her own territory and made the personal essay into a thing of beauty.”

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In The Pen and the Brush, the versatile biographer Anka Muhlstein explores some of the complex and fascinating relationships that have existed between painters and novelists.

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Denied the kind of shapely body and beautiful face that made Hollywood producers see stars, but gifted with a razor-sharp mind and a motor mouth, Joan Alexander Molinsky made the best of her talent

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“If you’ve enjoyed McClure’s writings in the past, this volume ought to recapture your poetic heart and rekindle your imagination.”

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Teenagers who heard the Wilson brothers—better known as the Beach Boys—harmonize on their big hits, “Surfin’ Safari,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” and “Good Vibrations” in the early 1960s, p

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As a boy and a young man, Robert Gottlieb read for the love of reading itself. Later he read because his career demanded that he do so.

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The journalist, biographer, and Rolling Stone contributing editor Rob Sheffield calls David Bowie a lot of names: tramp, vagabond, and “the most alien of rock artists” to name a few.

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In May 1944, at the age of 77, Laura Ingalls Wilder received a letter from a schoolteacher in Cleveland, Ohio.

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After the release of his quirky 2014 movie The Grand Budapest Hotel, director/writer Wes Anderson confessed to The Daily Telegraph in London, “I stole from Stefan Zweig,” though n

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In its own inimitable way, West of Eden is as epic as John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden.”

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Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food, the worldwide grassroots organization, and the author of Slow Food Nation, exudes so much joy, hope, and optimism in his new book that it’s hard no

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“In Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, Harjo soars majestically, wails beautifully, and prays soulfully.”