Barnett, Kristine. The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius. Random. Apr. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780812993370. $27; eISBN 9780679645245. CD/Downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR At age 12, Jacob Barnett became a paid researcher in quantum physics, and his IQ is higher than Einstein’s was. But as a distracted toddler, he was diagnosed with autism, and Jacob’s [...]
Alexandrov, Vladimir. The Black Russian. Atlantic Monthly. Mar. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780802120694. $25. BIOGRAPHY Several years ago, while preparing a course on Russian émigré culture between the wars, Yale professor Alexandrov ran across a reference to “the famous Russian Negro Fyodor Fyodorovich Tomas,” said to have owned an entertainment establishment in Moscow called Maxim’s. A [...]
Joyce Johnson is a memoirist and novelist whose books include the recent Missing Men and the National Book Critics Circle Award–winner Minor Characters, about her relationship with legendary Beat writer Jack Kerouac. Her correspondence with Kerouac was published as Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters. Her newest book, The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac, is a groundbreaking portrait of the artist’s early years. Tantorious is a semi-monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio.
Bouton, Katherine. Shouting Won’t Help: Why I—and 50 Million Other Americans—Can’t Hear You. Sarah Crichton: Farrar. Feb. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780374263041. $26. HEALTH & FITNESS/HEARING Nearly 20 percent of Americans suffer from some form of hearing loss, and Bouton, who was a senior editor at the New York Times for over two decades, is one [...]