“Johnston . . .
Though Tom Zoellner’s The National Road: Dispatches from a Changing America came out at the end of this unprecedented year, it is unlikely that even the author could have imagined the “cha
“With the ever-increasing numbers of poor adults and children in the United States, and current government efforts to further decrease benefits for them, this is an extremely timely book.”
“Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America is a must read for those who want to understand the media phenomenon now in the White House.”
“We need anthropology now more than ever. As Ruth Benedict once noted prophetically, ‘The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human difference.’”
The Digital Plenitude: The Decline of Elite Culture and the Rise of New Media by Jay David Bolter is a book about exactly that: the decline of one thing and the rise of another.
“Art and Arcana offers glorious illustrations, fascinating backstories, and the occasional painful misstep of a franchise entering its 40th year.”
“Throughout his moviemaking career, Hughes relentlessly worked the Hollywood system to fuel his ego, his libido, and his ambition, but in the end, he was undone by his own paranoia.
The Columbus Museum of Art commemorates the centenary of The Harlem Renaissance with an exhibit titled I Too Sing America, which is also the title of the beautifully curated companion book
“Alice Sparberg Alexiou makes us miss the Bowery— more than we ever knew we could.”
". . . a marvel-filled book."
“They are unhinged, mentally ill, and represent a clear and present danger to the world.”
In recent times of rising Islamophobia, rampant misinformation about Islam, and political rhetoric against Muslims, books showcasing the positive aspects of Muslims in America are very welcome.
Happy Anyway is a collection of short essays by current and past denizens of Flint, Michigan—the hometown of General Motors.
“Anything But Sweet draws the reader into the fantasy of a small town where people view each other’s quirks and foibles with affection, . . .”
“. . . compulsive and engaging, . . . crackles with energy and wit . . .”
“The death of Robert Parker in 2010 did not slow the output of his Spenser books.
“The nine short works are not all theater masterworks, but they are a fair representation of the spectrum of styles and subjects being examined by contemporary playwrights.”
“. . . teeming with passion and steam and the love-of-a-lifetime-is-doomed tension that results in a dramatic happy ending.
“If he would just inject a little humor and poke a little fun at the French, Mr.
Lowestoft is a city on the east coast of England most noted for its production of fine porcelain in the 18th and 19th centuries.
What do you do with the news that your wife’s brain tumor is terminal and she has nine months to live?
A father hits his wife while grieving the loss of his son. Overcome with guilt, he wanders for days in the woods and nearly dies.
“It was as if Gloria was sabotaging herself, Sam thought. Well, they were both sabotaging themselves, just going about it from opposite directions.”