Book Review: The Fever of 1721 by Stephen Coss


Author: Stephen Coss Title: The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic That Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics Narrator: Bob Souer Publication Info: Simon & Schuster (2016 Summary/Review: I received a free advanced readers copy of this audiobook through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review. 1721 is a pivotal year in Boston history….

Book Review: What’s It Like in Space? by Ariel Waldman


Author: Ariel Waldman Title: What’s It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There Publication Info: Chronicle Books (2016) Summary/Review: I received a free advanced reading copy of this book through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. One of my favorite science writers, Ariel Waldman, collects anecdotes and quotes from astronauts about their experience in space…

Book Review: Listen, Liberal by Thomas Frank


Author: Thomas Frank Title: Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? Publication Info: Metropolitan Books (2016) Previously Read By Same Author:  What’s the Matter With Kansas and Pity the Billionaire Summary/Review: I received a free advanced reading copy of this book through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. Thomas Frank asks…

Book Review: Out on the wire by Jessica Abel


Author: Jessica Abel Title: Out on the wire : the storytelling secrets of the new masters of radio  Publication Info: New York : Broadway Books, 2015. Summary/Review: I received this as a free book through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. Out on the Wire is a comic book about the production of NPR radio shows…

Book Review: The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke


Author: Brock Clarke Title: The Happiest People in the World Publication Info: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014. ISBN: 9781616201111 Books previously read by same author: An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Brock Clarke Summary/Review: A Danish cartoonist, at risk for drawing cartons offensive to Muslims, is moved by the…

Book Review: American heretics : Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the history of religious intolerance by Peter Gottschalk


Author: Peter Gottschalk Title: American heretics : Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the history of religious intolerance by Publication Info: New York: Palgrave McMillan (2013) ISBN: 9781137278296 Summary/Review: I received a free early reviewers copy of this book via the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. As Americans, we proudly proclaim our religious tolerance and maintain that our country was…

Book Review: TransAtlantic by Colum McCann


Author: Colum McCann Title: TransAtlantic Publication Info: New York: Random House, 2013 ISBN: 9781400069590 Previously Read by Same Author: Let the Great World Spin Summary/Review: I’m privileged to review an advanced reader’s copy of this forthcoming novel courtesy of the Library Thing Early Reviewer‘s program. This is a novel of contrasts.  It’s an epic story covering three centuries and as…

Book Review: The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times by Steven Travers


Author:Steven Travers Title: The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times  Publication Info: Lanham, Md : Taylor Trade, 2011. ISBN: 9781589796607 Summary/Review: I received a free advance review copy of this book through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program.  The biography of the great Mets pitcher and Hall of Fame baseball star is generally a hagiography from the…

Book Review: Best Mets by Matthew Silverman


Author: Matthew Silverman Title: Best Mets Publication Info: Lanham, Md. : Taylor Trade Pub., c2012. ISBN: 9781589796706 Summary/Review: I received and advanced copy of this book for free through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program, who like to send me books about baseball (I wonder why).  The title of the book pretty much sums things up, this is a book…

Book Review: Taking the Field by Howard Megdal


Author: Howard Megdal Title: Taking the Field Publication Info: Bloomsbury USA (2011) ISBN: 9781608195794 Summary/Review: I received this book through the Library Thing Early Reviewer program.  Mets fan and sports journalist Howard Megdal, frustrated by the mismanagement of his favorite team decides to take action by running for the office of Mets general manager.  The…

Book Review: Take Time for Paradise by A. Bartlett Giamatti


Author: A. Bartlett Giamatti Title: Take time for paradise : Americans and their games Publication Info: Bloomsbury USA, 2011. ISBN: 9781608192243 Summary/Review: When I was young and stupid, I hated Giamatti for banning Pete Rose from baseball.  Over the years I came to realize that Rose is a cheater and a liar, and that Giamatti’s…

Book Review: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang


Author: Ha-Joon Chang Title: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Publication Info: Bloomsbury Press (2011) ISBN: 97816081916666 Summary/Review: I received this book as an advanced reading copy through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program.  Like the title says, it goes through 23 aspects of capitalism that are myths, misrepresentations, or simply bald-faced lies. …

Book Review: Do It Anyway by Courtney E. Martin


Author: Courtney E. Martin Title: Do it anyway : the next generation of activists Publication Info: Boston : Beacon Press, c2010. ISBN: Summary/Review: Martin (who I didn’t discover until after reading the book is an editor for one of my favorite blogs Feministing.com) interviews and tells the stories of 8 people under the age of…

Book Review: Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson


Author: Steven Johnson Title: Where good ideas come from : the natural history of innovation Publication Info: New York : Riverhead, 2010. ISBN: 9781594487712 Previously read by the same author: Emergence Summary/Review: I’m pleased I won a copy of this book by one of my favorite science writers through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. …

Book Review: The Union of Their Dreams by Miriam Pawel


Author: Miriam Pawel Title: The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chávez’s Farm Worker Movement Publication Info: Bloomsbury Press (2009) ISBN: 1596914602 Summary/Review: I’ve never known much about Cesar Chávez and the United Farm Worker’s union so I was pleased to receive a free copy of this book from the Library…

Book Review: The mom & pop store by Robert Spector


Author: Robert Spector Title: The mom & pop store : how the unsung heroes of the American economy are surviving and thriving Publication Info: New York : Walker Pub. Co., c2009. ISBN: 9780802716057 Summary/Review: This Library Thing Early Reviewers free advance review book is a tribute to independent business.  Through historical discussion – including the…