Today’s reviews — 5/22

New York Times

Books of The Times: In These Places, Old Age Becomes a Team Sport

A PLACE CALLED CANTERBURY: Tales of the New Old Age in America

By Dudley Clendinen

371 pages. Viking. $24.95.


LEISUREVILLE: Adventures in America’s Retirement Utopias

By Andrew D. Blechman

244 pages. Atlantic Monthly Press. $25.

Washington Post

When the Old West Was New


By Joanna Hershon

Ballantine. 304 pp. $25

USA Today

Summer books roundup (discussed in an earlier post)

‘Untold Tales’ finally told

America’s Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation

Kenneth C. Davis

(Smithsonian Books, $26.95)

Book buzz: Frey’s ‘Morning’ after; Meyer’s ‘Host’ is a big hit

Entertainment Weekly

City of Thieves

David Beinoff


Who killed the literary critic?

The Death of the Critic

by Ronan McDonald

Salon’s reviewers, Laura Miller and Louis Bayard discuss the author’s thesis that the role of the book critic is still important (some more so than others). Bayard makes this great pointL

“Instead of bemoaning the decline of literature, should we be doing a better job of showing people what they’re missing: the excitement of unexpected insights, the thrill of new voices, the sex of ideas?”

(Warning: A Microsoft ad obscures some of the text. I found it impossible to get rid of, but the rabbits are darned cute.)

San Francisco Chronicle

Palahniuk Plums Porm


by Chuck Palahniuk

Doubleday; $24.95

Los Angeles Times

The Chris Farley Show’ by Tom Farley Jr. and Tanner Colby

Hardcover: $29.95
Publisher: Viking Adult (May 6, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0670019232
ISBN-13: 978-0670019236

Barnes & Noble Review

The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession

by Adam Leith Gollner

reviewed by Dava Sobel (Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, and The Planets)

Wall Street Journal

Money to Make Things New

Creative Capital
By Spencer E. Ante
(Harvard Business Press, 299 pages, $35)

A Life of Sound Ideas

Riding the Waves
By Leo Beranek
(MIT Press, 235 pages, $24.95)

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