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This Week’s New Reviews

Written on: October 11th, 2010 by: in Blog Posts

This week’s Sunday book reviews in the New York Times provides the usual wealth of choices. Here are a selection of titles that are currently available from one of your Delaware public libraries. You can now place requests for any public library-held title, so even if you don’t see a copy held by your local library, place a hold and an available copy may be sent from anywhere in the state to the library you select:

  • Jill Lepore’s Whites of their Eyes is one of several recently published books about the Tea Party movement that are reviewed this week. Lepore is a historian of the American Revolution, deeply versed in the fascinating story of the compromises and deliberate omissions that created the Charters of Freedom, and uses her own knowledge along interviews with Tea Party movement members to challenge the populist notion that the Consitution was meant to provide immutable limits to government.
  • The Gendarme is Mark Mustian’s epic of memory and forgiveness- not likely to be published in Turkey any time soon.
  • In Bill Bryson’s new book At Home, the author tried to write “A history of the world without leaving home.” In wandering from room to room, Bryson connects the everyday structures and objects found in domestic life to sweeping currents in global economic and social life.
  • Man in the Woods by Scott Spencer is a murder mystery without a whodunit- the mystery here is what effect will a heinous crime have on the good man who commits it?
  • Jason Elliot’s The Network is a thrilling mixture of “spy chick and ubergeek…the ideal thriller for the age of C.S.I.”
  • Ethiopian-born Dinaw Mengestu’s new book How to Read the Air continues the author’s exploration of the experience of African refugees in America.
  • The Tiger by John Vaillant follows Russian wildlife rangers as they track a man-eating Amur tiger- the largest and most deadly of the species- through the trackless Russian wilderness.