Reading The New York Times Book Review of 20 November 2011

Here’s a list of book reviews self is saving from The New York Times Book Review of 20 November 2011:

Kathryn Harrison’s “Empress of All the Russias,” a review of Robert K. Massie’s Catherine the Great:  Portrait of a Woman.  Harrison writes:  “Massie, who has spent almost half a century studying czarist Russia, has always been a biographer with the instincts of a novelist.”

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David Greenberg’s “Standing Pat,” a review of Ann Beattie’s Mrs. Nixon:  A Novelist Imagines a Life.

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Liesl Schillinger’s “Unnamed Sources,” a review of Don DeLillo’s story collection, The Angel Esmeralda.

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Alison McCulloch’s “Wherever the Wind Took Them,” a review of Sabina Murray’s new story collection, Tales of the New World.

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Alexander Star’s “Applied Anthropology,” a review of three new books on Afghanistan:  Noah Coburn’s Bazaar Politics:  Power and Pottery in an Afghan Market Town, Thomas Barfield’s Afghanistan:  A Cultural and Political History, and Rory Stewart and Gerald Knaus’s Can Intervention Work?

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Richard J. Evans’s “Theater of War,” a review of Max Hastings’s Inferno:  The World at War, 1939 – 1945.  Of Hastings, Evans writes:  “A professional war correspondent who has personally witnesses armed conflicts in Vietnam, the Falkland Islands and other danger zones, Hastings has a sober, unromantic and realistic view of battle that puts him into a different category from the armchair generals whose gung-ho, schoolboy attitude to war fills the pages of a great majority of military histories.

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Bridget Kevane’s “From Here to Oaxaca,” a review of Dagoberto Gilb’s third story collection, Before the End:  After the Beginning.

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Marilyn Stasio’s Crime column, in which she reviews Sue Grafton’s V is for Vengeance, Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Frus’ co-written The Boy in the Suitcase, and Fred Vargas’s An Uncertain Place.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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