A Few Book Review Essays

We’ll be getting to these soon, but if you want to beat me to the punch, or you just have the time now and you’re not sure you will later, feel free to read them. I’ll be trying to guide you toward reviews from Slate, the New York Times Sunday Book Review, the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. I’ve also included one from David Frum’s blog, and I might add some from other places.

Here’s Dan Kois at Slate, reviewing The Lifespan of a Fact, by Iowa Citian John D’Agata and Somewhere Elsian Jim Fingal. Interesting essay about the ethical responsibilities of a nonfiction author to be truthful.

Slate political columnist Dave Weigel reflects on the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords, critiquing Tom Zoellner’s new book on the subject.

Mark O’Connor discusses an out-of-print book by Martin Amis: a guide to classic video games.

In the New Yorker, Rollo Romig ponders religion, government, and Simon Critchley’s new book The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology.

And here’s the one from former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum: a five-part (!) review of Charles Murray’s book Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010. That has been a controversial enough book that it’s worth including the New York Times review and the LA Times review as well… But Frum’s is an in-depth analysis and argument, and worth the time.

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