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In ‘The Inevitable City’, Tulane president offers account of rebuilding New Orleans

Sunday, July 6, 2014

There’s a lot of sensible stuff in this account of post-Katrina New Orleans by the outgoing president of its most prominent educational institution, Tulane University, but there’s a lot of soapy stuff, too. In The Inevitable City, Scott Cowen writes with obvious passion and personal knowledge about the various ways in which the city has seized the opportunity provided by natural disaster to rebuild itself – “reimagining the city from scratch,” as he puts it – and he makes a strong case that the city is well on its way to becoming a better place for more of its citizens. But interwoven with this is … 0

Meg Gardiner’s latest thriller, ‘Phantom Instinct,’ is her best yet

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Meg Gardiner’s latest thriller, Phantom Instinct, begins with a shootout at the club where Harper Flynn works. Harper’s boyfriend is killed, a police officer is severely wounded, the bar burns to the ground and leaves no evidence of how the gunmen entered the highly secure building. The official report claims the two gunmen … 0

‘Supreme City’: How New York rose to the top

Sunday, July 6, 2014

E.B. White, the affectionate chronicler of Manhattan life, believed that New York comprised three cities: one of people born there and a second of the commuter. “Third,” he added, “there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. Of these three trembling cities the greatest is the last – the … 0

Review: Alafair Burke’s latest is one of her best

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Alafair Burke tells a compelling tale that combines a police procedural and a legal thriller in All Day and a Night. Anthony Amaro, convicted of killing six women 18 years ago, has always claimed he is innocent and … 0

The Mindful Reader: ‘Claremont Boy’ tells his tale with wry sense of humor

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Joseph Steinfield wrote a column for the Monadnack Ledger-Transcript called “Looking Back,” where the short personal essays in his memoir Claremont Boy: My New Hampshire Roots and the Gift of Memory first appeared. Whether he’s writing about his … 0

Work your way through ‘Cubed’

Sunday, June 8, 2014

I don’t much like my cubicle. I have papered it with postcards of the pyramids, cartoons that amuse me, words to live by, colorful drawings by my children, magazine photos of the artist Doug Aitken’s nature-filled Los Angeles … 0

Eros, gender roles turn at novel’s heart

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lily King’s new novel, Euphoria, unfolds on a South Pacific island where a trio of young anthropologists lives among isolated tribes to make groundbreaking studies of primitive cultures. Rich in detail, at times fascinating and harrowing, the story … 0

‘Untamed’ captures woman conservationist

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Boys and men who love the rugged outdoors have long had plenty of role models, from James Fenimore Cooper’s Deerslayer to Huck Finn and Teddy Roosevelt. But what about women who prefer woods and swamps to modern society? … 0

‘Michael Jackson, Inc.’ sheds the juicy stuff to get the nitty gritty

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The accountants must breathe a sigh of relief whenever a certain troublesome type of celebrity client dies unexpectedly. Take Michael Jackson. The singer was in debt when he died five years ago, but today his finances are in … 0

The lore of Tammany Hall turned on its head

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New York City’s Tammany Hall is synonymous in popular lore with graft, vote-buying and other abuses long associated with urban politics, but in Machine Made, Terry Golway asserts that this narrative is wrong. The real significance of the … 0

‘Weapons of Mass Diplomacy’ a must-read graphic novel

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Were I in the front row of the White House press briefing room, I would ask spokesman Jay Carney one question above all others: “Have you read Weapons of Mass Diplomacy and if not, why not?” It’s that … 0

Here’s hoping Adam Carolla’s America stays in his head

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Adam Carolla’s fans are legion. They’ve made his first two books best-sellers and The Adam Carolla Show one of the most popular podcasts on the web. And those fans have even loftier goals in mind for this acerbic … 0

The celebrated, maddening, brilliant Vanessa Redgrave

Sunday, June 1, 2014

In his new book, Vanessa, Dan Callahan, who proved himself an astute critic of acting in his biography of Barbara Stanwyck, has now focused on the celebrated, maddening, brilliant Vanessa Redgrave, daughter of Sir Michael, sister of Lynn … 0