From Don DeLillo to Service Dogs to the Baker & Taylor Cats | Barbara’s Picks, May 2016, Pt. 4


Belfer, Lauren. And After the Fire. Harper. May 2016. 464p. ISBN 9780062428516. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062428547. LITERARY/HISTORICAL FICTION In 1796 Berlin, famed musician Sara Itzig Levy hides an anti-Semitic cantata written by Johann Sebastian Bach and given to her by her teacher, one of Bach’s sons. In 1945 Germany, U.S. soldier Henry Sachs snatches a […]

Banks on Travel, Guy on Elizabeth I, Dickey on Pit Bulls, & More | Nonfiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 4


Banks, Russell. Voyager: Travel Writings. Ecco. May 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780061857676. $25.99. ESSAYS/TRAVELOG A Pulitzer Prize and Carnegie Medal finalist, novelist Banks is also an inveterate traveler. Here he offers a collection of essays arching over decades and continents as he interviews Fidel Castro in Cuba, elopes to Edinburgh with his fourth wife, travels along […]

Nonfiction: Iraq & Afghanistan, the Westons, Peggy Lee, Women in Politics, Beastie Boys | Xpress Reviews


Latin American photos, dogs, U.S. wars in the Middle East, the Bible, the Weston sisters, travel and bartering, Peggy Lee, women in politics, Route 66, cybercrime, Carl Schmitt, the Beastie Boys, Northern race relations, aging well

Thanks for the Memories | Memoir


September memoir reviews cover dog stories, tales of illnesses and triumph, marriage and remarriage recountings, and a reckoning with forgiveness.

Split-Brain Theory, Evolution, Interstellar Travel, & More | Science Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 3


Bell, Jim. The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission. Dutton. Feb. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780525954323. $27.95. ASTRONOMY The Voyager spacecraft mission was launched in 1977 with the aim of traveling into interstellar space; Voyager 1 left the solar system in 2013 and sister craft Voyager 2 is expected to do so in 2015. Clipping along […]

Nonfiction: Rolling Stones, Leonard Cohen’s Marianne, Guitar Rigs, & Harlem Photos | Xpress Reviews


On tour with the Rolling Stones; the story of Cohen’s muse, Marianne Ihlen; amp-le info for guitarists; a beautifully designed volume on decades of life in Harlem

Science & Technology Reviews | November 15, 2013


Reviews of Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words, In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America, Ivory, Horn and Blood: Behind the Elephant and Rhinoceros Poaching Crisis, plus a full list of Science & Technology reviews from the November 15, 2013 issue.

Science & Technology Reviews | November 1, 2013


Reviews of Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself: A Man and His Dog’s Struggle To Find Salvation, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild, and The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto, plus a full list of Science & Technology reviews from the November 1, 2013 issue.

Going to the Dogs: Some Waggingly Good Tales | The Reader’s Shelf, June 1, 2013


Dogs are not just our best friends. As these books prove, they are also our saviors, traveling companions, and earnest and loving teachers. In the early 1960s, John Steinbeck took a long and winding road trip across America with his poodle, Charley, by his side. Drawing on his sardonic wit, Steinbeck recorded many keen observations […]

Video Reviews | October 15, 2012


Reviews of Red Dog, Eames, and Marley, plus a full list of video reviews in the Oct. 15 issue.