Endings & Beginnings: Family Essays by Dewitt Henry

Review by Jack Smith Henry’s newest collection of autobiographical essays, going back over twenty-five years, takes us from beginnings to endings.  As the title suggests, this book is going to…

Festival Days by Jo Ann Beard

Review by George Yatchisin There’s an honored and honorable tradition of writers writing to explain why they write, from George Orwell to Joan Didion to Annie Dillard. Jo Ann Beard,…

Francis Bacon: Revelations by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan

Review by David Starkey Francis Bacon: Revelations is a monumental book: the press release claim that it was “ten years in the making” doesn’t seem like an exaggeration. The notes…

Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist by Marc Ribot

Review by George Yatchisin Brilliant guitarist that not enough people know by name Marc Ribot has written his first book, Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist, and all…

Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, From The Revolution to Reconstruction By Kate Masur

Review by Brian Tanguay Prior to reading Until Justice Be Done by Kate Masur, a historian who teaches at Northwestern University, I assumed that the critical period in the struggle…

Gilded Age Cocktails: History, Lore, and Recipes from America’s Golden Age by Cecelia Tichi

by George Yatchisin If you’ve ever wondered how historical nonfiction can be dry like a martini and not dry like a textbook tome, you need to pick up Cecelia Tichi’s…

The Cruelty Is The Point: The Past, Present and Future of Trump’s America by Adam Serwer

Review by Brian Tanguay When Donald J. Trump ran for president in 2016 he made many promises, from rebuilding America’s infrastructure to reducing the federal deficit to replacing the Affordable…

A Year with Swollen Appendices by Brian Eno

Review by David Starkey Several years ago, as I was listening to the ambient music of Brian Eno, which has kept me company through decades of reading, writing and grading…

Cuttings from the Tangle by Richard Buckner

Review by George Yatchisin Richard Buckner, songwriter, singer, can open a song with the lines “Tough is as she does, won’t you slump on over and stir my shuffle down,”…

The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California by Mark Arax

Review by Brian Tanguay On the coast of California where I live drought has been a constant feature of the past twenty years. Enough rain some years made us forget,…