Reviews & Essays

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

On Tocqueville

On Tocqueville

By ALAN RYAN

What a Frenchman of 1831 can teach us about modern America’s class structures.

Posted by × August 27, 2014 ×

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Getting Schooled

Getting Schooled

By GARRET KEIZER

A teaching veteran heads — reluctantly — back to the blackboard.

Posted by × August 27, 2014 ×

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Feminism Unfinished

Feminism Unfinished

By DOROTHY SUE COBBLE, LINDA GORDON, AND ASTRID HENRY

A “century’s worth of U.S.-based feminist movements”, from Alice Paul to Gloria Steinem.

Posted by × August 27, 2014 ×

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F

F

By DANIEL KEHLMANN; Translated by CAROL BROWN JANEWAY

A literary puzzle from a celebrated German novelist invites the reader into a world of games. Review by Tom LeClair.

Posted by × August 27, 2014 ×

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

By RICHARD FLANAGAN

A WWII prisoner of war’s poetic quest is a love story and soldier’s saga that “dares the big revelation.”

Posted by × August 25, 2014 ×

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Bob, Son of Battle

Bob, Son of Battle

By ALFRED OLLIVANT, in a new version by LYDIA DAVIS

A classic story of sheepdogs and their masters, retuned for modern ears.

Posted by × August 20, 2014 ×

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New Selected Poems

New Selected Poems

By LES MURRAY

The outlandish vision of an Australian poet.

Posted by × August 20, 2014 ×

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Dirty Work

Dirty Work

By GABRIEL WESTON

A surgeon faces the consequences of a moment’s error. Review by Anna Mundow.

Posted by × August 19, 2014 ×

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Berlin Now: The City After the Wall

Berlin Now: The City After the Wall

By PETER SCHNEIDER

A passionate guide to a city divided, reunited, and still evolving.

Posted by × August 18, 2014 ×

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Panic in a Suitcase

Panic in a Suitcase

By YELENA AKHTIORSKAYA

A Brighton Beach family’s saga bends Russian literary tradition into mordant modern comedy.

Posted by × August 13, 2014 ×

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The Invisible Bridge

The Invisible Bridge

By RICK PERLSTEIN

The author of Nixonland returns with a chronicle of post-Watergate despair, and the political rise of the man who promised deliverance.

Posted by × August 13, 2014 ×

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Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

By JAN SWAFFORD

An exceptional look at the volatile genius who wrote some of history’s finest music, even after he could no longer hear it. Review by Michael O’Donnell.

Posted by × August 11, 2014 ×

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Shadows in the Vineyard

Shadows in the Vineyard

By MAXIMILLIAN POTTER

Terror meets terroir in the true story of plan to take a winemaker’s vines hostage.

Posted by × August 6, 2014 ×

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Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

By DAVE EGGERS

The author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius takes aim at a terrifying soldier gone mad.

Posted by × August 5, 2014 ×

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2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas

2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas

By MARIE-HELENE BERTINO

An energized cast of characters seek love and limelight in and around a Philadelphia jazz club.

Posted by × August 5, 2014 ×