NYTBR — Sunday, May 25

It’s great to see a title from indie publisher (and fellow Brooklynite), Soft Skull Press on the cover of Sunday’s New York Times Book Review. The image is creepy (blood and flies), but appropriate for a novel about a paramedic. The reviewer says:

Although Black Flies is a novel, it contains more reflections of lived experience than some memoirs (particularly recent memoirs). Reading this arresting, confrontational book is like reading Dispatches, Michael Herr’s indelible account of his years as a reporter in Vietnam…Be warned: as in Dispatches, many of the most vivid scenes in Black Flies make for harrowing reading. Visceral and mercilessly detailed, they are not included for sensational purposes — not as an E.R. version of “war porn.” Instead, Burke uses them as shock treatment for the conscience,

The book is owned in small quantities in most, but not all of the libraries I checked. Holds are building in some areas.

Black Flies
By Shannon Burke

  • Paperback: $14.95
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (May 21, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1593761910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593761912

Other titles:

Standard Operating Procedure
By PHILIP GOUREVITCH and ERROL MORRIS
Reviewed by RAYMOND BONNER

“Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris collaborate to tell the story of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse.”

The movie, a documentary, opened on April 24th.
In Search of Buckley
Review by VICTOR S. NAVASKY
“Through two new books, a view of William F. Buckley Jr.’s transideological conservatism.”

The Lazarus Project
By ALEKSANDAR HEMON
Reviewed by CATHLEEN SCHINE
“This novel’s hero is obsessed with an immigrant who died in 1908.”

Reviewed widely. Author, Aleksandar Hemon also appears on TitlePage.tv, Episode #5.

The Bin Ladens
By STEVE COLL
Reviewed by CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
“The children of Muhammad bin Laden, from the desert to the jet set to the cave.”

McMafia

By MISHA GLENNY

Reviewed by PETER ROBB

A look at the global phenomenon of organized crime.
Sleeping It Off in Rapid City
By AUGUST KLEINZAHLER
Reviewed by STEPHEN BURT
“New poems and old, retrieved from dreams and peregrinations, here and on other continents.”

The Big Squeeze
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
Reviewed by ROBERT H. FRANK
“The outlook for the American worker: increasingly hostile.”

Panther Soup
By JOHN GIMLETTE
Reviewed by CRAIG R. WHITNEY
“A British lawyer and travel writer retraces a march upcountry with a former U.S. lieutenant.”

No Way Home
By CARLOS ACOSTA
Reviewed by JENNIFER BALDERAMA
“A memoir by the dancer Carlos Acosta traces his rise from the Havana slums to the Royal Ballet.”

Governess
By RUTH BRANDON
Reviewed by SUSANN COKAL
“An examination of England’s 19th-century governesses, real and fictional.”

Rediscovering Jacob Riis
By BONNIE YOCHELSON and DANIEL CZITROM
Reviewed by MATTHEW POWER
“A new look at the groundbreaking journalism and advocacy of Jacob Riis.”

Can’t Remember What I Forgot
By SUE HALPERN
Reviewed by KYLA DUNN
“Sue Halpern finds out what scientists know about dementia.”

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