NYTBR 14 March 2010: A Not So Short List

Well, this issue of The New York Times Book Review was full of interesting reviews. Perhaps the old fuddy-duddy is changing with the times, after all! Without further ado, these are the books self is interested in reading, after perusing the 14 March 2010 issue of The New York Times Book Review:

1.    After reading Joshua Hammer’s (absolutely riveting) review of Jim Frederick’s Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death:

  • Jim Frederick’s Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death

2.   After reading Leah Hager Cohen’s review of Lionel Shriver’s latest novel, So Much for That:

  • Lionel Shriver’s So Much for That

3.    After reading Jim Holt’s review of Stephen S. Hall’s Wisdom:  From Philosophy to Neuroscience:

  • An earlier book by Stephen S. Hall:  Size Matters

4.    After reading Terrence Rafferty’s review of Chang-rae Lee’s new novel, The Surrendered:

  • Chang-rae Lee’s new novel, The Surrendered

5.    After reading Eric Ormsby’s review of Jonathan Phillips’ Holy Warriors:  A Modern History of the Crusades:

  • Jonathan Phillips’  Holy Warriors:  A Modern History of the Crusades

6.    After reading Marilyn Stasio’s “Crime” column, the following mysteries:

  • Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo’s first novel to be translated into English, The Redbreast
  • Cara Black’s 10th Aimée Leduc mystery, Murder in the Palais Royal

7.    After reading Jennifer Schuessler’s end-paper essay, “Take This Job and Write It,” the following work-centered novels:

  • John Dos Passos’ USA trilogy
  • Morris Dickstein, Dancing in the Dark
  • Sloan Wilson’s Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
  • Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road
  • Ed Parks’ Personal Days
  • an anthology “of fiction about work” edited by David Gates, Labor Days

(Am very startled to discover, after reading Ms. Schuessler’s essay all the way to the end, that there are apparently no “work-related” novels written by women.  Or, at least, none worthy of being cited.  By a female essayist/scholar.  Does The Devil Wears Prada qualify?)


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