Here is a book I might have to put on my wish list. Did I mention I have a birthday coming up? This is the publisher’s description: “In this sweeping history, Paul Starr shows how politics created our media world, from the emergence of the […]

It’s the largest published book in the world. Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom is a collection of photographs taken by MIT students in Asia, and is described as a “visual odyssey across the country.” At five feet by seven feet, six […]

OK, who’s with me? I’m chucking it all and moving to Vermont. That’s right, you heard me Vermont. Spread the word. This is such a good story; a small town in Vermont, St. Johnsbury, population 7,571 as of 2000, is according to David Mehegan of […]

Ted Conover is one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read anything he’s written, you must. He is a writer of the “literary nonfiction” variety–an author who tells true stories about life’s characters right where it’s lived. He writes in first person, somewhat in […]

Do we read anymore? Has mass attention deficit disorder been firmly established in our land of home theaters and iPods? This is a subject that could spin in a million directions. Wow. Implications abound–from its effect on everything from the state of book publishing, to […]

There is an interesting review of books about Abraham Lincoln in the current issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Writer Peter Schramm reviews “Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America” written by y Allen C. Guelzo. The book examines the motives and […]

Ron Chernow is going to be at the Barnes & Noble in Edina on Monday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. Chernow is the National Book Award winner (for his first book, The House of Morgan) and his last book, Titan: The Life of John D. […]

If you would not be forgotten As soon as you are dead and rotten Either write things worth reading Or do things worth writing. – Ben Franklin “Poor Richard’s Almanac” Quoting a Founding Father, Ellen Mitchell writes in current issue of Newsday that there are […]

Jacques Barzun is one of those scholars that the world of academia will likely never produce again. An historian, and author of thirty books, Barzun is a scholar who is rightly defined as a master of Arts and Letters. I came across his masterpiece “From […]

I just read today that Bill Clinton’s memoirs will be available June 30. I will be interested to see how much detail he gives about what was going on behind the scenes during the impeachment episode. The book, titled “My Life,” is already number one […]