Reviews of Michael D. Coe’s Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya, Richard Lingeman’s The Noir Forties, and Amy Wilentz’s Farewell, Fred Voodoo, plus a full list of social sciences reviews from the Nov. 15 issue.
Angel, Katherine. Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult To Tell. Farrar. Jun. 2103. 304p. ISBN 9780374280406. $26. SOCIAL SCIENCE/WOMEN’S STUDIES In her discussion of female sexual desire, Angel draws on personal experience, but this is hardly memoir. A postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine at Warwick University in England, Angel […]
Barbara’s Picks, May 2013, Pt. 1: Allende, Hill, Le Carré, Savage, Strout, and the World’s Strongest Librarian
Allende, Isabel. Maya’s Notebook. Harper: HarperCollins. May 2013. 400p. ISBN 9780062105622. $28.99; eISBN 9780062105646. CD: HarperAudio. LITERARY FICTION Having sold over 57 million copies of her books worldwide, the esteemed author of The House of the Spirits knows what she’s doing. So trust her on this stylistic departure, which borrows from the thriller writer’s toolkit. […]
Atkinson, Kate. Life After Life. Reagan Arthur Bks: Little, Brown. Apr. 2013. 544p. ISBN 9780316176484. $27.99. LITERARY THRILLER Every time she writes, Atkinson writes something exciting and important. Her debut, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award; best sellers like Started Early, Took My Dog give a whole […]
Aciman, André. Harvard Square. Norton. Apr. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780393088601. $25.95. LITERARY FICTION From vivid, scalding Alexandria (Out of Egypt: A Memoir) to the sensuous Italian Riviera (Call Me by Your Name) to snow-crusted Manhattan during Christmas (Eight White Nights), Aciman has transported us far and wide in his acutely observed works, whether fiction […]