An enjoyable, thought-provoking approach to addressing conflicts between two people and between nations.


A New Map for Relationships


A husband and wife apply the lessons they’ve learned about managing their marriage to questions of international relations and world peace.

In this combination self-help and public policy book, Martin Hellman (editor: Breakthrough: Emerging New Thinking, 1988) and debut author Dorothie Hellman present their narrative in the form of a dialogue between themselves. The book is divided into two parts, with the first focused primarily on their decadeslong marriage and the second on the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world, but the same themes run through both. Although the idea of applying marital advice to foreign relations may raise readers’ eyebrows at first, the authors make a persuasive case for it. They describe the mechanics of their successful but often contentious marriage and demonstrate the personal benefits they derived from taking a holistic approach to their arguments, placing compassion at the center of their decision-making and accepting that neither person has any control over what the other does. They then apply lessons learned from buying a new car, managing an interfaith marriage, and meeting each other’s emotional needs to the concept of improving U.S. relations with Russia, Syria, Iraq, Cuba, North Korea, and Vietnam. The authors also address the issue of nuclear disarmament, a cause that the Hellmans have long supported. The book is at once conversational and solidly informative, and it includes thorough citations. The casual tone (“Dorothie and I don’t expect the nations of the world to love each other the way we do, but we do expect them to grow up enough to reduce the risk of global devastation to a more reasonable level”) makes for an easy, engaging read, and the authors’ clear passion and dedication to their subject on both a personal and a global level add weight to their arguments. The authors demonstrate wide-ranging knowledge and enthusiasm as they urge even skeptical readers to consider the benefits of a new relationship paradigm.

An enjoyable, thought-provoking approach to addressing conflicts between two people and between nations.

Pub Date: Aug. 23, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9974923-1-6

Page Count: 328

Publisher: New Map Publishing

Review Posted Online: Nov. 3, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    


Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.


New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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