Book Review

Book Review: The Invaders

Nov 30, 2015

I don’t know why Karolina Waclawiak called her new novel “The Invaders”or why she allowed a poolside photo from decades ago to adorn the cover. Ignore these distractions, and you’ll find yourself involved in an absorbing tale that may remind you of the witty, satiric critiques of suburban America by John Cheever and John Updike. And maybe, also, of a lot of sex-and-drug-fueled soaps on TV– except that The Invaders is literature.

Book Review: Upper West Side Story

Nov 11, 2015

It took Susan Pashman 14 years to complete Upper West Side Story, a novel about race relations and “urban parenting.” Life intervened, she says: marriage, children, but she must know that her tale now could not be more timely.

Book Review: All The Truth Is Out

Mar 12, 2015

The presidential aspirations of former U.S. Senator Gary Hart of Colorado were destroyed by a sex scandal back in 1987.  But Author Matt Bai says that wasn’t the only casualty.  Bai is a former chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine and a native of Trumbull, Connecticut.   In his new book he says the Gary Hart sex scandal led to the decline of journalistic ethics and the rise of tabloid reporting.   Book critic Joan Baum has this review.

Book Review: The Zone Of Interest

Jan 27, 2015

Book critic Joan Baum has this review of a novel set in a concentration camp understood as Auschwitz, the Nazis' most notorious death camp.

Book Review: The Social Climber's Bible

Jan 13, 2015

A new book called The Social Climber's Bible mocks the idea of climbing the social ladder, but also tells you how to do it. Book critic Joan Baum has this review.