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-- The Week's Best Reading from the Barnes & Noble Review --
April 6, 2012
Katherine A. Powers, whose column, A Reading Life, annually celebrates
seasonal renewal of our national pastime, this week takes a look at some
newest players in the world of baseball books, including a touching
friendship between two baseball greats and a chronicle of 1968's
changes on and off the diamond. Hailing from New England, Katherine's
to regional feelings when it comes to the summer game -- as she puts it,
'certain Yankee-related events have been so traumatic that they are best
designated by numerals alone.' But, whether writing about baseball tales
belles letres, she calls them as she sees them.
You'll find more great reading and writing every day at bnreview.com.
Review by Ward Sutton
'Nuclear armed flying robots. On remote control. What could possibly go
Fans of Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show will recognize the host's trademark
in her new book, "Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power". But
Sutton shows in his latest illustrated review, Maddow's look at the past
present of the American armed forces is no mere repackaging of a
but an entertaining and informative primer on how politics has altered
soldier's mission -- from the days of Thomas Jefferson to the era of
FICTION: Schmidt Steps Back
By LOUIS BEGLEY
Reviewed by Steven G. Kellman
The hero of "About Schmidt" gets a last chance at love.
SPORTS: Open Season: Baseball Books of 2012
By Katherine A. Powers
Tradition and revolution, friendship and bitter enmity, on the diamond
READING ROMANCE: Here Comes Trouble
By Eloisa James
Love stories in which indomitable women aren't ready to stop making
GUEST BOOKS: Jonah Lehrer
The author of "Imagine" selects four books to reprogram your neural
FIVE BOOKS: Castaways
Desert island reading. Literally.
TOP OF THE LONG LIST
Paris in Love
Bestselling romance novelist (and B&N Review columnist) Eloisa James and
her family relocated to
the City of Light for a year of beauty and self-discovery -- and they
But her dream-come-true sabbatical required some significant
adjustments, recounted in this
warmly funny and devastatingly honest memoir.
D. J. Taylor's novel captures the Victorian passion for horse racing, as
enthusiasts from every walk
of life converge on Epsom Down one summer. Much rides on the performance
of proven winner Tiberius,
but "sporting gentleman" George Happerton secretly wants his horse to
lose so that he can win big at
the betting window. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, it's a tale
rife with romance and rivalry,
period detail and Dickensian scope.
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