“an exquisite, engrossing, and very moving book.”
Timothy Brennan begins his intellectual and political biography of Edward Said—the Palestinian American literary critic, gadfly, and largely self-appointed global diplomat—on a somber note.
“If you have read only smaller portions of Dostoevsky, Christofi’s account will send you off to look for more.
“Demons haunted Germany after World War II, and Germans turned to ancient rites and rituals to seek redress and recovery. Professor Black tells that story well.”
“What Were We Thinking will give you a fascinating overview and analysis of the books that explain where we are now, how we got here, and where we might be headed.”
“Eric Weiner’s The Socrates Express presents universal concepts in an immediately accessible way, reminding us that, in an increasingly frenetic world, there is no more important l
“Selling the Farm by Debra Di Blasi is a creative work for those who enjoy poetic prose in a familial memoir.”
“This is a very good read, especially at introducing writers at all levels to authors they may want to know more about.”
The inspiration for Marjorie Garber’s interesting but ultimately frustrating book seems to be the political ascendancy of Donald Trump.
“the term ‘hard-boiled’ came to mean a type of character that readers can, on the one hand idealize, while on the other hand, they can rely on for certainty in an uncertain world.
“intriguing, certain to be debated for some time, and likely to bring pleasure to young scholars who encounter See’s playful prose in the midst of their studies.”
“a superb chronicle of marginalization, a collage depicting a continent-sized country still finding its way nearly 200 years after independence.”
“A professor of English at Rutgers with a specialty in the history of the book, Leah Price has encyclopedic knowledge.
“Coventry marks a return to a more conventional style of writing, yet retains that same sense of an alert, engaged intelligence, negotiating the complexities of women’s lives and i
“readers will appreciate the elegance of both writers here, and will, moreover, relish the couple’s unending devotion to each other.”
“grab your secret decoder ring and your blaster, strap yourself in for liftoff, and enjoy. . . . The pictures in this book are reason enough to buy it.”
“If offers compelling research, information, and speculative insight. It reminds us all that we should read Kipling again.”
“The Infernal Library is truly an imaginative way of looking at history—and it’s by far better written than the words of the leaders Kalder focuses on.”
We know more about William Shakespeare than we know about the lives and work of most of his contemporaries; the documentary record, though sparse, is substantial.
“[S]ome empowering concepts and more than a few compelling arguments should you decide to approach Don’t Read Poetry . . .
“White is a refreshing read because it’s just so full of rage.
“What if we took seriously the form of thinking that we find in tragedy, and the experience of partial agency, limited autonomy, deep traumatic affect, agnostic conflict, g
Arguably the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji was written by a Japanese noblewoman known as Murasaki Shikibu around the year 1,000 CE.
“Little Boy will delight you again and again. It is rich and playful poetry disguised as a novel, and it is pure Ferlinghetti.”
There is something about the word delights that quickly brings to mind such things as sweetness, laughter, and endless flirtation. Ross Gay’s small book seems designed for the backpack.