An Iconic Town: Looking at Big Apple Books | LJ Reviews


A superb example of mid-century modern architecture; striking design details of 47 interiors built from 1811 to 1967; the High Line will enthrall design fanatics; fans of fine photography will find much to absorb in Store Front II

Focus on Photography: Snap Up These Timely Titles


A gorgeous book of Edward S. Curtis‘s masterworks; 25 years of the National Gallery of Art; casual pictures that convey an unrehearsed truthfulness, rock music photography; radical developments in photography’s long history

Katrina, Ten Years On


A haunting yet powerful photography collection from Spielman; a gripping read of the hurricane’s emotional and personal impact; Rivlin’s recommended blow-by-blow account of the months and years after Katrina

Five Essential Historical Titles | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 2


Crowley, Roger. Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire. Random. Dec. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9780812994001. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780812994018. HISTORY Crowley spent some of his childhood in Malta, hung around Greece the summer after finishing school, and taught in Istanbul after reading English at Cambridge, and his enduring interest in the history of the […]

Nonfiction on Cuba, Garden Design, The Iliad, Armin Hansen, and More | Xpress Reviews


Hayden on welcoming Cuba, Hodgson on garden design, Green’s new Homer translation, Knapp “finds” his dog in photography, Shields resurrects Hansen, Wallbridge emphasizes spirituality, personal growth, and self-awareness

Ackroyd on the Stuarts & Charlie Chaplin, Bai on Gary Hart, Hill on Diplomacy, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2014, Pt. 5


Ackroyd, Peter. Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2014. 528p. ISBN 9781250003638. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466855991. HISTORY The award-winning biographer, historian, and novelist (e.g., Whitbread Novel Award, James Tait Black Memorial Prize) continues his “History of England” series with a third volume focusing on […]

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


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 […]

Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, March 14, 2014


Artists in their studio habitats, how to take great photographs, a treasure for lovers of Chagall’s work, an exhibit catalog for art historians and Japanophiles, a guide for the hare-raising among us, a historic crime in our 50th state

Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, December 20, 2013


An addictive read about exploring, National Geographic photographs, a new work on Junipero Serra, a concise look at Common Core Standards, The Geek’s Guide to Dating, the contributions of George Washington, a look at divorce

Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, October 18, 2013


Wine, from grape to glass; ultimate adventures via Lonely Planet; Paleo Sweets and Treats; more on Whitey Bulger; The Modern Art Invasion; loving medical fiction; as told by Roger Rosenblatt; the evolution of slavery in America; Why Photography Matters