Category Archives: Book Reviews

Up-and-Coming: A Look at Emerging Authors from South Asia

Literary luminaries like Salman Rushdie (The Satanic Verses) and Kamila Shamsie (A God in Every Stone) have dominated the South Asian writing landscape, but there are more heavyweights who merit recognition. The following authors offer a glimpse of contemporary English writing emerging in the … Continue reading

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Why a Football Coach Reads a Tennis Instructor: On The Inner Game of Tennis

The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance Timothy Gallwey Random House, 1997 122 pages $8.75 Buy: book | ebook Perhaps this moment feels like the second half of a joke that starts, … Continue reading

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The Infinitesimals

The Infinitesimals Laura Kasischke Copper Canyon Press, July 2014 100 pages $16.00 Buy: book Imagine a strange land where tumors that resemble “terrible frogs,” a man with an “unbuttoned” face, and an ever-returning sea beast dwell, and where motherhood is … Continue reading

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America’s Saturday Church: On My Conference Can Beat Your Conference by Paul Finebaum

My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football Paul Finebaum with Gene Wojciechowski Harper Collins, 2014 273 pages $19.99 Buy: book | ebook I could travel the world for years and never get halfway through my … Continue reading

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Word Nerds Gone Wild: A Reading List

I remember my intern days well. Hell, I was an intern three times: first during college, then again after being let go from my first post-college job, and once more after making the leap into full-time freelance work. Each one of … Continue reading

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How to Read Derek Jeter: On The Devil’s Snake Curve by Josh Ostergaard

The Devil’s Snake Curve: A Fan’s Notes From Left Field Josh Ostergaard Coffee House Press, 2014 253 pages $15.95 Buy: book | ebook Of course every history is subjective, but Josh Ostergaard starts his from an intriguing place by broadcasting … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: Murakami, Burton, and More

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami In literary locales from Tokyo to London, Murakami’s latest novel was heralded with the hype of a summer blockbuster. In Japan alone, a million copies were sold within five … Continue reading

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I Have To Tell You

I Have To Tell You Victoria Hetherington 0s&1s, 2014 69,000 words $6.00 Buy: ebook While reading Victoria Hetherington’s novel, I Have To Tell You, I occasionally found myself wanting to shake one or two of the characters for a host … Continue reading

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Private Tutor to the Stars: On THE HOOPS WHISPERER by Idan Ravin

The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Heads of Basketball’s Best Players Idan Ravin Gotham Books, 2014 246 pages Buy: book | ebook As a national champion during his only year of college, as the third overall pick … Continue reading

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Auto Biography

Auto Biography Earl Swift It Books, May 2014 368 Pages $18.50 Buy: book | ebook To the casual passerby on North Carolina’s state Route 168—and the County inspectors—Moyock Muscle looked like a junkyard. The lot was overflowing, with hundreds of … Continue reading

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