Marshmallow Tests and Swimming Puppies | More Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 5

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Aptowicz, Cristin O’Keefe. Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine. Gotham. Sept. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781592408702. $27.50. BIOGRAPHY/MEDICINE Whether you know it or not, you are deeply indebted to Thomas Dent Mütter, a plastic surgeon in mid-19th-century Philadelphia who pioneered the use of anesthesia and the sterilization […]

Richard Blanco, Charles M. Blow, John Lahr, Brian Turner, Sheila Weller | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 4

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Blanco, Richard. Untitled Memoir. Ecco. Sept. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780062313768. $25.99. MEMOIR Blanco has won Agnes Starrett, Tom Gunn, Patterson, and PEN/American Beyond Margins honors for his poetry. What’s more, he was appointed the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay poet to receive that […]

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 […]

Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2013, Pt. 5: Three Major Cookbooks; Katzen, McCord, Seinfeld

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Katzen, Mollie. The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation. Houghton Harcourt. Sept. 2013. 608p. ISBN 9780547571591. $34.99. COOKERY Katzen made history with the Moosewood Cookbook, one of the biggest cookbook best sellers of all time and among the first vegetarian cookbooks to make waves (my copy is in tatters). Since Moosewood […]

Fiction Previews, Dec. 2012. Pt. 1: Eight Thrillers from Evanovich, Hoag, Preston/Child, Vine, and More

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Fiction Previews, Dec. 2012. Pt. 1: Eight Thrillers from Evanovich, Hoag, Preston/Child, Vine, and More

Barbara’s Picks, November 2012, Pt. 3: Moning, T√≥ib√≠n, Cahalan, Grass

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Barbara’s Picks, November 2012, Pt. 3: Moning, T√≥ib√≠n, Cahalan, Grass

Fiction Previews: May 2012, Pt. 1: Balogh, Berry, Buckley, and the Rest

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Fiction Previews: May 2012, Pt. 1: Balogh, Berry, Buckley, and the Rest

Nonfiction Previews, May 2012, Pt. 1: From Bissinger’s Fathers Day to Westin’s Exit Interview

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Nonfiction Previews, May 2012, Pt. 1: From Bissinger’s Fathers Day to Westin’s Exit Interview

Four Forthcoming Titles Not To Miss: Harris, James, Gottschall, Maddow

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Four Forthcoming Titles Not To Miss: Harris, James, Gottschall, Maddow

Fiction Previews: Apr. 2012, Pt. 4: A Big Batch of Thrillers

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Fiction Previews: Apr. 2012, Pt. 4: A Big Batch of Thrillers

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