Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Books

Review: In ‘God Save Texas,’ Lawrence Wright finds the state of the nation’s future

Review: In ‘God Save Texas,’ Lawrence Wright finds the state of the nation’s future

Lawrence Wright has taken on plenty of complex and controversial topics.The New Yorker staff writer and author of nine previous books won a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 and was a finalist for the National Book A...
Published: 04/12/18
Review: Adaptation is the key to Aminatta Forna’s ‘Happiness’

Review: Adaptation is the key to Aminatta Forna’s ‘Happiness’

Wildness is always with us, whether we know it or not, whether we want it or not.In Aminatta Forna’s splendid new novel Happiness, the tension between wildness — animal and human — and control is a central issue for the two main characters.Attila Asa...
Published: 04/11/18
Amazon’s ‘Bosch’ Season 4 taps into the headlines for tension

Amazon’s ‘Bosch’ Season 4 taps into the headlines for tension

In the new season of Bosch, Amazon’s bingeworthy series based on Michael Connelly’s crime novels, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch’s daughter asks him, "Were you here for the riots?" Maddie is talking about the 1992 Los Angeles riots, six days of mayhem to...
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Diplomat Vicki Huddleston talks books and U.S. relations with Cuba

Diplomat Vicki Huddleston talks books and U.S. relations with Cuba

NightstandVicki HuddlestonHuddleston, 75, is the former chief of the United States Interests Section in Havana, and her report for the Brookings Institution about normalizing relations with Cuba was a blueprint for President Barack Obama’s diplomatic...
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Review: Hiaasen’s ‘Assume the Worst’ the graduation speech everyone needs to hear

Review: Hiaasen’s ‘Assume the Worst’ the graduation speech everyone needs to hear

Remember the big speech at your high school graduation?Yeah, me neither. But if it had been the speech in Carl Hiaasen’s new book, Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You’ll Never Hear, it would have made an impression.Hiaasen couldn’t have given...
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Peter Thomas, bookmaker, is artfully rolling into town for the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Peter Thomas, bookmaker, is artfully rolling into town for the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

NightstandPeter ThomasThomas, 64, has been making fine press and artist books for more than 40 years. He graduated with an aesthetic studies degree from the University of California Santa Cruz. With his wife, Donna, a graduate in expressive arts from...
Published: 04/05/18
Updated: 04/11/18
Notable: New books feature criticism by women, and biographies of them

Notable: New books feature criticism by women, and biographies of them

NotableCritical womenThree new books offer a feast of criticism by brilliant women, plus biographies of 10 of them.Feel Free: Essays (Penguin Press) by Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth and Swing Time, collects her wide-ranging, wry cultural critici...
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Review: How women work is Meg Wolitzer’s subject in ‘The Female Persuasion’

Review: How women work is Meg Wolitzer’s subject in ‘The Female Persuasion’

It isn’t always pretty when idealism collides with the real world.Passionate belief in a cause can shape a person’s life — but not always in the direction she expects. Inspiration and disappointment are two sides of one coin, and betrayal can come fr...
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2018 SunLit Festival celebrates books around St. Petersburg throughout April

2018 SunLit Festival celebrates books around St. Petersburg throughout April

From a party for dogs to a celebration of the color pink, from poems inspired by the Day of the Dead to the Buddhism of Jack Kerouac, the fourth annual SunLit Festival has something literary for just about everyone.The festival was created by Keep St...
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Lorie Langdon offers a feminist twist on Oliver Twist

Lorie Langdon offers a feminist twist on Oliver Twist

NightstandLorie LangdonAs a child, Langdon fell in love with the classic motion picture Oliver! She would sit for hours in her room listening to the movie soundtrack while the gang of rascally orphans took over her imagination. In her mind, Oliver wa...
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