Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

AN OPEN BOOK by Michael Dirda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"An effervescent yet self-effacing tale of a youngster who viewed a library as an all-you-can-eat buffet—and greedily gorged."
The Washington Post Book World's Pulitzer-winning book critic recalls in evocative prose his nerdy youth in Lorain County, Ohio. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 17, 2003

"Whatever the explanation, the survival of the hospital was nothing short of a miracle, one that Silver captures with all due astonishment."
Fascinating footnote to Holocaust history that staggers the imagination, revealing the existence of a Jewish hospital in the heart of Berlin that treated patients to the very end of Hitler's reign. Read full book review >

MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS by Tracy Kidder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being."
Full-immersion journalist Kidder (Home Town, 1999, etc.) tries valiantly to keep up with a front-line, muddy-and-bloody general in the war against infectious disease in Haiti and elsewhere. Read full book review >
NIXON’S SHADOW by David Greenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Thought-provoking from start to finish."
"No postwar politician did more to educate Americans to the primacy of image in politics" than Richard Nixon. So argues historian Greenberg in a rich work full of lessons and implications for spin doctors. Read full book review >
SHE’S NOT THERE by Jennifer Finney Boylan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Serious, real, funny. Told so disarmingly that it's strong enough to defang a taboo. (Photographs)"
The limpid, soul-rich story of novelist James Boylan (Getting In, 1998, etc.) becoming Jennifer Boylan. Read full book review >

FRANKIE’S PLACE by Jim Sterba
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2003

"The perfect summer read about an exceptional summer destination."
Journalist Sterba (Wall Street Journal) glowingly recalls Mount Desert, a Maine island where he and his wife, writer Frances FitzGerald, spend their summers. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 1, 2003

"Enough rich material here to spawn another night of TV crime drama. Law & Order: Bank Robbery Squad, anyone?"
Fast-paced, hard-boiled, anecdotal account of pursuing bank robbers, by a veteran FBI agent. Read full book review >
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Released: July 1, 2003

"A thoughtful, measured tone gives this tale of murder a sense of depth and reach, like a good poem."
Chilling, edgy backgrounder on the high-profile 2002 murder of a fashion journalist. Read full book review >
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Released: July 1, 2003

"A boon for news junkies, full of solid, eye-opening reporting and smartly delivered opinion."
One man's recent wanderings among Ground Zero, Saddam City, and other global hot spots. Read full book review >
FIRST LOVES by Ted Solotaroff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2003

"Meets the very high standard set by Alfred Kazin's Starting Out in the Thirties for describing a young man's intellectual coming-of-age with nuanced honesty and genuine emotion. Let's hope Solotaroff doesn't take five more years to get to New American Review."
Noted editor Solotaroff picks up where Truth Comes in Blows (1998) left off, describing with compassionate acuity the difficult early adult years that led to his vocation as a literary journalist. Read full book review >
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Released: June 2, 2003

"A welcome contribution, full of untold stories, to the literature of WWII."
A fine tale of great and not-so-great escapes, along with the ordinary business of surviving confinement in Hitler's stalags in the final months of WWII. Read full book review >
AS OF THIS WRITING by Clive James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Criticism is not indispensable to art,' James writes. 'It is indispensable to civilization—a more inclusive thing.' His stimulating and thrilling work forcefully makes a case for that bold declaration."
Superb collection of criticism at once deeply serious and deliberately accessible, more than justifying its author's claim that "readability is intelligence." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >