Nonfiction Previews, Pt. 5: On Johnny Carson, Charlie Parker, and Masterpiece Theatre

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Bushkin, Henry. Untitled on Johnny Carson. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780544217621. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780544217737. MEMOIR/TELEVISION Johnny Carson’s attorney for nearly two decades, at a time when the Tonight Show was at its height and Carson went through two divorces, Bushkin ultimately served as his “counselor, partner, employee, business advisor, earpiece, mouthpiece, enforcer, […]

Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2013, Pt. 4: English History, World War I, World War II, and a Thatcher Biography

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Ackroyd, Peter. Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. Thomas Dunne Bks: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2013. 512p. ISBN 9781250003621. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781250037596. HISTORY Ackroyd, who is responsible for books like London: The Biography, offers the second in his “History of England” series. His skills as a novelist will doubtless come […]

Video Reviews | April 1, 2013

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Reviews of Universal Classic Monsters, Sholem Aleichem, and Give Me the Banjo, plus a full list of video reviews from the Apr. 1 issue.

Adult Fables and Literary Essays | Classic Returns

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April’s Classic Returns feature new English translations of The Fabliaux, Tacitus’s stern Annals, and a slim retelling of One Thousand and One Nights alongside Müller’s Anne Frank: The Biography, Merton’s Selected Essays and a rarely seen bilingual collection of Proust’s poetry.

Social Sciences Reviews | April 1, 2013

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Reviews of Marie Arana’s Bolivar, Rick Atkinson’s The Guns at Last Light, and Alison Singh Gee’s Where the Peacocks Sing, plus a full list of social sciences reviews in the Apr. 1 issue.

Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2013, the Last Roundup: From Mary Beard to Eileen Rockefeller

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Beard, Mary. Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations. Liveright: Norton. Sept. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780871407160. $28.95. HISTORY Described by the New York Times as “the closest thing, if it exists, to a celebrity classics professor” in a story about her having stood up to some naysayers who abused her on the Internet, Cambridge scholar […]

Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2013, Pt. 4: Atwood, Berg, Brook, Gurganus, Lethem, Rush, Shacochis, Vann

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Atwood, Margaret. Maddaddam. Doubleday. Sept. 2013. 416. ISBN 9780385528788. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385537834. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. DYSTOPIAN FICTION In this wrap-up to the magisterial trilogy begun with Oryx & Crake and continued with The Year of the Flood, the waterless flood has indeed descended, wiping out most of humanity. Ren and Toby have rescued poor […]

Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2013, Pt. 4: Capturing the Kommandant of Auschwitz and Playing Chopin During the Revolution

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Bacon, John U. Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football. S. & S. Sept. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9781476706436. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781476706443. SPORTS College football is currently beset with scandal and sanctions, so one can be forgiven for expecting this report from Bacon to be a downer. And, indeed, drawing on […]

Audio Reviews | March 1, 2013

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Reviews of H.W. Brands’s The Man Who Saved the Union, R.A. Dickey & Wayne Coffey’s Wherever I Wind Up, and William Souder’s On a Farther Shore, plus a full list of audiobook reviews in the March 1 issue.

Spring Baseball Roster | February 15, 2013 (With Two Online-Only Reviews Added)

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Everything you need to read up on America’s favorite pastime this spring.

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