History (David O. Stewart), Politics (David Axelrod), Self-Help (Ron Lieber), & More | Social Science Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 4

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Axelrod, David. Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. Penguin Pr. Feb. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9781594205873. $29.95. CD: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR After eight years as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Axelrod switched lanes to become a political consultant, strategizing for over 150 local, state, and national campaigns. His clients have included Barack Obama, […]

Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2014, Pt. 2: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Alan Furst, Sue Miller, & More

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Betts, Dwayne. The Circumference of a Prison: Youth, Race, and the Failures of the American Justice System. Avery. Jun. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781583334751. $27. LAW A distinguished poet, Yale law student, and NAACP Image award winner, Betts received a Soros Justice Fellowship to support the writing of this book, which addresses the inequities of a […]

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

Next Stop: Timbuktu | September 1, 2013

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Recent titles on Timbuktu from the September 1, 2013 issue.

Memoir Is Storytelling | Memoir

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Last month I found something in blogland that summed up the ideal of memoir writing so elegantly that I have to get out of the way and let Dani Shapiro—whose memoir Devotion you should all run out and read right now—do the talking. What is the job of the memoirist? Is it to tell all? […]

Social Sciences Reviews | April 1, 2013

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Reviews of Marie Arana’s Bolivar, Rick Atkinson’s The Guns at Last Light, and Alison Singh Gee’s Where the Peacocks Sing, plus a full list of social sciences reviews in the Apr. 1 issue.

Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, February 22, 2013

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A well-organized presentation of the sculptural arts of Nigeria, a worthy tribute to lesser-known warriors in the civil rights struggle, a virtual support group for caregivers, and one of the best books on the early history of show business

Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, February 15, 2013

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Globetrotting travel, a very personal look at the U.S. health-care system, helping your teens, women’s evolutionary biology, the truth behind online dating, and theater pieces that deserve a wide audience

Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, January 25, 2013

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Lots of rock and roll stuff, cheap travel, protecting children against concussions, a social history of “The Violin,” “making nice” in business, traveling like Thoreau, and Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” in audio

Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2013, Pt. 3: Of Hamlet, English Spelling, Italy by Rail, and More

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Chopra, Aneesh. Big Small Smart: How American Government Can Accomplish More with Less Through Open Innovation, Collaboration, and Participation. Atlantic Monthly. Jun. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9780802121332. $25. POLITICAL SCIENCE As the federal government’s first chief technology officer, Chopra worked hard to help Americans through online means, bringing in everything from electronic records for veterans to […]

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