Today’s Reviews — 5/21

Continuing our experiment of rounding up the daily reviews, below is today’s listing. One title, The Wines of Burgundy, is not owned by most libraries I checked and libraries should consider adding more copies of Split: A Memoir of Divorce, which is building significant holds to copy ratios.

5/21 Reviews:

New York Times

WE WOULD HAVE PLAYED FOR NOTHING

Baseball Stars of the 1950s and 1960s Talk About the Game They Loved

By Fay Vincent

Illustrated. 327 pages. Simon & Schuster. $25.

Eric Asimov reviews four new titles in his NYT wine column:

  • The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine (Crown, $24.95), by Benjamin Wallace — “one of the rare books on wine that transcends the genre.”

Also recently reviewed in USA Today, and the Seattle Times

  • The Wines of Burgundy, Clive Coates, (University of California Press, $60

Not owned by the libraries I checked. Asimov calls it “a solid, in-depth reference on Burgundy — the best, in fact, since Mr. Coates’s own Côte d’Or (1997)”

  • Reflections of a Wine Merchant: On a Lifetime in the Vineyards and Cellars of France and Italy, Neal I. Rosenthal, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24)

Also reviewed by Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post and in last Sunday’s L.A. Times

  • Passion on the Vine: A Memoir of Food, Wine and Family in the Heart of Italy, Sergio Esposito and Justine Van Der Leun, (Broadway Books, $24.95

Washington Post

BUSH’S LAW

The Remaking of American Justice

By Eric Lichtblau

Pantheon. 349 pp. $26.95

This has also been reviewed in the New York Times (4/3) and the Rocky Mountain News (4/18)

NPR (5/20)

Interview with James Frey, Bright Shiny Morning

Seattle Times

Split: A Memoir of Divorce

by Suzanne Finnamore

Dutton, 255 pp., $24.95

Also recently reviewed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer with this great line: “Suzanne Finnamore might just as well be the love child of Fay Weldon and Lily Tomlin. “Split: A Memoir of Divorce” is that ferocious, funny and dark.”

And USA Today 4/30, wrote, “Split is hilarious and moving. Finnamore falls apart, she drinks, she burns photos, she needs to be rescued by her mother and friends.”

Significant holds to copy ratios are building in several libraries.

Christian Science Monitor

Ghettostadt: Lodz and the Making of a Nazi City

By Gordon J. Horwitz

Belknap Press 416 pp., $29.95

Boston Globe

A Curious Earth
By Gerard Woodward
Norton, 290 pp., $14.95

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