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reviewed Wit: A Play. May 12, 2013
Wit: A Play
If there ever was a play that deserved to win the Pulitzer Prize, this is the one. In this play, we are introduced to Dr. Vivian Bearing, Ph.D, John Donne expert. When she is diagnosed with metastatic …
reviewed Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose. May 12, 2013
Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
For anyone wanting to understand the theory and importance of writing, whether it be fiction or nonfiction, get this book. Flannery O' Connor delves deeply into the mystery of writing, why people …
reviewed Winter's Tales. May 12, 2013
Winter's Tales
Isak Diensen's book of ornate, Baroque prose is on an unreachable echelon separate from any writer writing literature today or even from her era. Her stories transport readers to a period where thinking …
reviewed They Dare to Speak Out: People and In.... May 12, 2013
They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions
Paul Findley has written one incredible, eye-opening book that calls into question the high pressure, unethical, slander tactics used against academics, religious figures, journalists and political figures …
reviewed Covering Islam: How the Media and the.... May 12, 2013
Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts
Prof. Said's book is one that gets through the marrow of hackneyed, obtuse, sterotypical untruths that the media unfortunatelly often places on individuals of Arab decent. His work delves deeply …
reviewed Anne Sexton: A Biography. May 12, 2013
Anne Sexton: A Biography
Diane Wood Middlebrook's biography of Anne Sexton was balanced and insightful enough so as not to be too intrusive; it is simple and direct, as I believe this biography ought to be. It could be much …
reviewed Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake-Han.... May 12, 2013
Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake-Handling and
Salvation on Sand Mountain was a book that truly awed me to feel things that I never felt before when it came to faith and being closer with the Spirit. Covington's book will take readers to parts …
reviewed The Saudis (Signet). May 12, 2013
The Saudis (Signet)
This is a good introductary or pulp nonfiction book, if such a thing exists. It would be a typical best-seller. What this book does, however, is introduce readers and help them to understand the complexities …
reviewed Bible and Sword: England and Palestin.... May 12, 2013
Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the
Barbara Tuchman's first work of history, Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age To Balfour, is vast in historical, religious, diplomatic and political scholarship. From the early …
reviewed Salvador. May 12, 2013
Salvador
Joan Didion's book is a reedy, powerful work of nonfiction that explores El Salvador's horrific civil war and the American government's dark involvement with helping certain individuals "to …
reviewed Einstein's Dreams. May 12, 2013
Einstein's Dreams
Alan Lightman's Einstein's Dreams is essentially a book on physics that is explained through literary technique: the novel. Each chapter is a new date in time that explains vast possibilities …
reviewed Madam Secretary: A Biography of Madel.... May 12, 2013
Madam Secretary: A Biography of Madeleine Albright
The fact that this book even got published makes my head smart with incredulity; there is no political objectivity or critical analysis to be found anywhere on the printed pages nor is there any scholarly, …
reviewed Play It As It Lays: A Novel. May 12, 2013
Play It As It Lays: A Novel
What would life be like if it was meaningless, if the people we associated with were plastic? not real? pretentious? What if our life was just a hopeless void with loose morals, drugs, hollow sayings …
reviewed The Bell Jar. May 11, 2013
The Bell Jar
After reading the biography of Pulitzer Prize winning poetess Anne Sexton of Newton, Massachusetts who committed suicide in 1974, I was gripped by the genuineness as well as the frank simplicity of The …
reviewed Faces in the Water. May 11, 2013
Faces in the Water
Janet Frame's Faces in the Water belongs on the same shelf with such contemporary books: The Bell Jar and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. But in its grim earnestness and somber naturalism of …
reviewed Offshore. May 11, 2013
Offshore
Engossingly sagacious in observance and unremitting in economical prose, Offshore is a sententious written work of art that owes its eloquence to its timeless and picturesque narration as well as its …
reviewed In Cold Blood. May 11, 2013
In Cold Blood
The murders that are graphically depicted in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood -which is now universally recognized more for its writing than anything else- are nauseating, grisly and malicious; these …
reviewed Scarlet Sister Mary: A Novel. May 11, 2013
Scarlet Sister Mary: A Novel
Written by former plantation mistress Julia Peterkin, Scarlet Sister Mary is a novel of intellect, individualism, coltish word play, tradition and most importantly, respect. The novel, like, Their Eyes …
reviewed Miss Lulu Bett.. May 11, 2013
Miss Lulu Bett.
Dramaturgically scrimpy in dialogue, plot, character development and visualization, Miss Lulu Bett is anything but an American comedy of manners; it is American manure, at best. A jejunely piece of writing, …
reviewed Reeds in the Wind. May 11, 2013
Reeds in the Wind
Reeds in the Wind is a resounding success, for it is a literary work of art that is suffused with Sardinian folk culture, unwavering faith in Catholicism and vivid lore of the "dark beings who populate …
reviewed Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family. May 11, 2013
Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family
A classy, modernistic literary magnum opus that is truly representative of global literature, Thomas Mann's masterpiece about the bourgeois-which is a tornado of unceasing recherche prose and firmly …
reviewed The Americanization of Edward Bok: Th.... May 11, 2013
The Americanization of Edward Bok: The
In 1920, the former editor of the Ladies' Home Journal, Edward Bok, published his fascinating memoir, an exceptionally well-written book through which he candidly yet eloquently recounted the step-by-step …
reviewed Scoundrel Time. May 11, 2013
Scoundrel Time
Desensitized for a long time to the stressful pain of the infamous McCarthy period, Scoundrel Time must have been a most cathartic memoir for Lillian Hellman to write; it is, of the autobiographical …
reviewed Pentimento (Back Bay Books). May 11, 2013
Pentimento (Back Bay Books)
Pentimento: A Book of Portraits is electrfying in its earnestness and candor, incisive in its tone, acerbic in its wit and picturesque in its mental imagery - a memoir (unlike An Unfinished Woman) that …
reviewed An Unfinished Woman: A Memoir (Back B.... May 11, 2013
An Unfinished Woman: A Memoir (Back Bay Books)
A life where no living is done is a life not worth living. Like O'Neil, Shaw, Williams and Isben, Lillian Hellman (1905-1984, scriptwriter, playwrite, social and political activist and critic) wrote …
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