Search Results: "Lewis H. Lapham"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WISH FOR KINGS by Lewis H. Lapham
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"Eloquent, piercingly intelligent essays crying out against America's Orwellian future."
The editor of Harper's and author of Imperial Masquerade (1990), etc., reaches the top of his form in five distinguished essays arguing that too few Americans any longer care or know enough to protect and nurture democratic institutions. ``[The] habits of liberty have fallen into disuse,'' writes Lapham, ``and the promise of democracy no longer inspires or exalts a majority of the people lucky enough to have been born under its star.'' America has devolved into an oligarchy, the argument begins—an argument buttressed with facts, figures, and observations—and the nation's collective frame of mind has changed as well over the past 30 years from that of ``democrat'' to that of ``courtier'': from a citizenry that understands government to be what the governed make of it to a citizenry that passively and obsequiously seeks favors and dispensations from the high and unresponsive powers that be. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 31, 1995

"This raucous assembly of one proves the point."
Harper's editor Lapham (The Wish for Kings, 1993, etc.) proves why his magazine won the 1995 National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 2004

"Literate, sophisticated, and plenty ticked-off: vintage Lapham, and a ringing endorsement of First Amendment freedoms."
The noted contrarian takes on a presidency that seems devoted to taking the path of least resistance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE END OF THE WORLD by Lewis H. Lapham
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 22, 1998

"Nonetheless, an intriguing and stimulating collection."
The end of the world, this varied and often vivid anthology reminds us, has always been largely a matter of personal interpretation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

H by Elizabeth Shepard
Released: April 1, 1995

"The impulse to utilize an innovative form is admirable, but the results are unfortunately shoddy."
This slim fictional collection of letters from, to, and about a disturbed 12-year-old boy reads more like a writing-class assignment than a debut novel. Read full book review >

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Released: July 8, 1992

"Stick to the high ground of the original instead."
Sequelmania strikes again as Haire-Sargeant presumes upon Emily Brontâ's stark, strange masterpiece, delivering a story that achieves a slight success as a literary pastiche but never becomes a satisfying work of fiction in its own right. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEWIS by A. Barsell Carlyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 23, 2009

"An enjoyable beach read for men, but suspense lags until the final pages."
A debut novel of men's fiction/suspense. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"He's written a pleasing little book just in time for the eager graduates, class of '99. (Author tour)"
Lapham (Hotel America, 1995, etc.), adept cosmopolite, elegant essayist, and longtime Harper's editor, provides a high-class self-helper appropriate to our times" contemporaneously Menckenite, sardonic, and withering. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LAPHAM RISING by Roger Rosenblatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2006

"Great stuff."
An island-dwelling recluse launches countermeasures against his boorish, McMansion-building neighbor. Read full book review >

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LOVE, H by Hettie Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2016

"A fertile trove that needs a stronger framework."
Letters revealing the enduring friendship of two "beat chicks." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 8, 1997

"A charming if terse summary of the journey; readers wanting a detailed history should look elsewhere. (First printing of 100,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
Duncan's second book on the Lewis and Clark expedition (Out West, 1987) is the companion volume to the newest documentary by Burns, scheduled to air on public television stations in early November. Read full book review >