Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, December 6, 2013

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A multifaceted view of the dandy, Auerbach revisited, lovers of Anchorman may flock to this work, Chekhov’s insights can be tiring, a veteran wine writer divulges more secrets, Correspondence between Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud, Fuchs rambles (sometimes escaping) from Mayan and Mixtec barrios, memoir from Gilden camping in the USSR, poets’ Deep Gossip, Prager on how to negotiate a fare on auto rickshaws and taxis, Carter’s Swann’s Way is an unprecedented and laudable intellectual feat, why van Gogh was repetitious, essential Rebeck plays, Shapiro’s perils and pleasures, New York gets a “Big City Food Biography,” Weegee for all collections

Memoir (Molly Wizenberg), Sports (Mariano Rivera), & Dad Talk (Bill & Willie Geist) | Nonfiction Previews, May 2014, Pt. 4

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Bishop, Bryan. Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried To Kill Me. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. May 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781250039842. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466835337. MEMOIR The ever-popular sidekick on the top-rated Adam Carolla Show, Bishop was flying high (and newly engaged) when he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor. Soon he […]

Galloway, Heller, Jonasson, Prose; Doll, Dyer, Petit, Todd | Barbara’s Picks, May 2014, Pt. 1

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FICTION Galloway, Steven. The Confabulist. Riverhead. May 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781594631962. $27.95. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Galloway’s poignant, sharp-eyed The Cellist of Sarajevo was both a commercial and a critical success, having sold over 100,000 copies, won multiple awards (e.g., the Evergreen Award), been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Award and Scotiabank Giller Prize, been featured by […]

The Most of Nora Ephron | RA Crossroads

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The richness of Ephron’s spry, vivid, and insightful writing invites gleeful reading, listening, and watching

From Joan Barthel on Elizabeth Seton to Chelsea Handler on Travel Travails | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2014, Pt. 4

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Barthel, Joan. American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth Seton. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780312571627. $26.95. BIOGRAPHY Born and raised in late 1700s New York, at a time when Catholicism was illegal, Elizabeth Seton wore monogrammed slippers to George Washington’s 65th Birthday Ball, spent fruitless time in Italy trying to cure her […]

Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2014, Pt. 5: Humor, Memoir, Sports, & More

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Barry, Dave. You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About. Putnam. Jan. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780399165948. $26.95. CD: Penguin Audio. HUMOR Pulitzer Prize winner Barry is always funny, and here he is being funny about the trials of parenthood, including having to accompany his […]

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 […]

No Joke: Calvin Trillin Takes 2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor

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Calvin Trillin, a longtime New Yorker staff writer, comic novelist, and witty bard of political doggerel, was named the winner of the 2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his essay collection Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff. The award, which includes a crystal plaque and a $5000 prize, was given to […]

Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2012, Pt. 2: Tony Bennett, Violins, and Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

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Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2012, Pt. 2: Tony Bennett, Violins, and Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

Nonfiction Previews, October 2012, Pt. 3: Colbert, Janzen, Khan, & Underwater Dogs

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Nonfiction Previews, October 2012, Pt. 3: Colbert, Janzen, Khan, & Underwater Dogs