Archive for Book Review

Book Review: Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936

November 5, 2016

The legendary illustrator delivers a rip-roaring fan bio that reminds us coitus isn’t a recent invention.

Book Review: Commonwealth

September 25, 2016

The line between fiction and autobiography blurs in this wholly satisfying novel.

Whose Story Is It Anyway?

September 22, 2016

Can a stingray wound become literary gold? Does the stingray get a vote? Hmm. Whose story is it?

Book Review: Riverine, A Memoir from Anywhere but Here

September 20, 2016

A young writer’s memoir wrestles with complex questions of place and identity.

Book Review: The Glamour of Strangeness

September 10, 2016

Recalling a time when artists could lose themselves — and find inspiration — in the utterly foreign.

Book Review: The Book

September 1, 2016

Savor this deeply researched love letter to every bibliophile’s favorite object.

Historical Novels Review Summer 2016 Issue

August 27, 2016

A brilliant debut sure to scandalize Jefferson worshippers; human decency and magical realism fighting Nazi atrocities in occupied Poland; and celebrating the bicentenary of a Brontë with an homage to Jane Eyre–all in Historical Novels Review.

Historical Novels Review Spring 2016 Issue

May 1, 2016

Two beautifully rendered debut novels, one set in post-WWII Japan and the other in mid-WWI Italy, and a blood-pumping tale of slave revolt in ancient Rome.

More from the Historical Novels Review Spring 2016 Issue

April 29, 2016

A memoir spotlighting family dysfunction amid old-Hollywood glamour, a scholarly coffee table history of the Battle of Agincourt, and a drug-fueled alternative history of Vietnam and its aftermath.

Book Review: The Human Cost of Welfare

April 25, 2016

A refreshingly non-partisan dissection of the social safety net’s unintended consequences.