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The Man I Never Met

Schefter’s warm, personable book introduces us to Joe and his impact on so many. It is a fascinating work, well worth reading, even as you grieve over the loss experienced by the Maios.


Rise

The book is a lot like its author – unapologetic, businesslike and impatient to make a difference.


Heart Berries

Mailhot alludes at one point to her desire and her felt duty as a Native writer to convey the humanity of her people and subvert stereotypes. She has succeeded by telling the ugly truth with rich and beautiful words, sumptuous imagery and an unforgettable speech. This is a startling book.


Ongoingness

Her book hints at diary-keeping as neurosis, a hoarding that is almost a syndrome, a malfunction, a grief at having no way to halt loss.


Old In Art School

Painter’s story begins with the revelation that, “Being seen as an old woman added a new way of seeing myself as reflected in the eyes of others.” But as she drills down on art-making she develops the skill — the artistic mastery — to hold the gaze herself. A great gift of age, and art.


Left Bank

The EU could be seen not the way Poirier sees it, as Paris-created bulwark, but as sociologist Wolfgang Streeck envisioned it – a deregulation machine exposing its citizens to capitalism gone wild.


Patient Care

Whether describing the obstinacy of patients, the brave faces worn by worried relatives, the technical aspects of repairing injured bodies, or the elation of helping potential catastrophes end well, Paul Seward fills his attractively written narrative with authoritative detail, strong emotion, and a precise sense of place.


My Girls
Kirkus Reviews : My Girls (June 05, 2018)

Fans of Reynolds and Fisher should be pleased by this satisfyingly rich look at their lives, in which the shocking bits are always mitigated by love and understanding.


Never Lost Again

Informative, entertaining reading for nontechies.


Butterfly

A rousing, exciting true story of remarkable resilience.


A Higher Loyalty

Comey may be self-righteous, but in 2018 and given the alternatives, that has come to look like a rather tolerable vice.


A Dangerous Woman

“A Dangerous Woman” may fall short in exploring the complexities of a clearly captivating woman, but Ronald’s group portrait of people of great wealth [...] is breathtaking and quite modern.


The Kings of Big Spring

[Mealer] paints a vivid portrait of Big Spring and the alterations to the town and its overarching ethos in the years his family dwelt there.


Jackie, Janet & Lee

These women dealt in surfaces, but that doesn’t mean they lacked depth. They made no achievements by any modern standard, but this deliciously readable book is not in the business of judging: It knows its value better than that.


The Wife's Tale

The book is always about Yetemegnu and the capacity for an “ordinary” woman like her to be bold, brave and unconventional within the constraints of her time and place.


BRAVE

While McGowan can be sanctimonious and self-aggrandizing, young women, particularly the celebrity-obsessed, have much to gain by reading “Brave.”


The Audacity of Inez Burns

Bloom tells a captivating story of Burns’ ascent, presented alongside San Francisco’s breathtaking transformation in the first decades of the 20th century.