John R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘The Vanishing American Adult’ book review

John R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘The Vanishing American Adult’ book review

THE VANISHING AMERICAN ADULT: OUR COMING-OF-AGE CRISIS – AND HOW TO REBUILD A CULTURE OF SELF-RELIANCE By Ben Sasse St. Martin’s Press, $27.99, 306 pages “I believe our entire nation is in the midst of a collective coming of age crisis without parallel in our history,” writes Ben Sasse, junior senator from Nebraska and former […]

Claire Hopley: ‘Saints for All Occasions’ book review

Claire Hopley: ‘Saints for All Occasions’ book review

SAINTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS By J. Courtney Sullivan Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95, 352 pages “Saints for All Occasions tells the stories of the Flynn sisters: Nora and Theresa, who leave their home in Ireland to settle in Boston in 1958. Theresa is the adventurous one; Nora is the older, shy, responsible one. She’s engaged to […]

Bob Dylan’s belief in Jesus ‘explicit,’ says new book’s author

Bob Dylan’s belief in Jesus ‘explicit,’ says new book’s author

Bob Dylan Bob Dylan’s music has struck a chord with millions over his 50-year career, but a new book discusses a little-known facet of the rock icon’s artistic journey: his deep faith in Jesus Christ. Scott Marshall, author of “Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life,” has spent years doing research and conducting interviews to shine a […]

Aram Bakshian Jr: ‘Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations’ book review

Aram Bakshian Jr: ‘Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations’ book review

HEMINGWAY DIDN’T SAY THAT: THE TRUTH BEHIND FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS By Garson O’Toole Little A, $24.95, 383 pages Whether he knows it or not, Garson O’Toole writes detective stories. His specialty is detecting suspect quotes, separating fact from fantasy and stalking them back to their authentic sources. More often than not, getting there is half the […]

Kenneth Allard: ‘Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom’ book review

Kenneth Allard: ‘Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom’ book review

CHURCHILL AND ORWELL: THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM By Thomas E. Ricks Penguin Press, $28, 352 pages What could still be left unsaid about Winston Churchill and George Orwell, two of the 20th century’s most ferociously original thinkers? They regularly outraged their contemporaries while defining Britain’s historical struggles against fascism, communism and imperialism. One measure of […]

Martin Rubin: ‘My Life to Live’ book review

Martin Rubin: ‘My Life to Live’ book review

MY LIFE TO LIVE By Agnes Nixon Crown Archetype, $26, 266 pages, illustrated It has long been fashionable in intellectual and academic circles to disdain soap operas, especially in their heyday in the final decades of the 20th century when groups of students would gather round televisions in common areas to watch them. The snobbish […]

Claire Hopley: ‘Jane Austen: The Secret Radical’ book review

Claire Hopley:  ‘Jane Austen: The Secret Radical’ book review

JANE AUSTEN: THE SECRET RADICAL By Helena Kelly Alfred A, Knopf, $27.95, 336 pages The default setting for a novel is the present day. We also have historical novels, sci-fic novels, gothic novels, and novels about other worlds – including chicklit and Scandi Noir. We call them “genre novels” to distinguish them from mainstream fiction […]

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