This week on All About Books, Otis Young distills two volumes: Barbara Holland's "The Joy of Drinking," a witty look at the history of human culture's relation with alcohol; and "Dirty Martini" by J. A. Konrath, the latest installment in the Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels mystery series.
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July 26, 2007
July 19, 2007
This week on All About Books, Charles Stephen discusses four paperbacks: "Eagle Pond" by Donald Hall; "The Complete Roadside Guide to Nebraska" by Alan Boye; "Galápagos: The Islands That Changed the World" by Paul D Stewart; and finally, "Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians" by David J Wishart.
July 12, 2007
Otis Young reviews "The Life of Meaning" by Bob Abernethy and William Bole, a collection of interviews and essays discussing spirituality with various public figures; Also, Charles Stephen explores Meryle Secrest's "Shoot the Widow," the story behind the author's biography-writing process.
July 5, 2007
Charles Stephen examines Günter Grass' "Peeling the Onion," the remarkable memoir of an artist and writer who served in the Waffen SS toward the end of WWII. Otis Young discusses "Stupid Reasons People Die," a crash-course in treatment options and preventive medicine, written in layman's terms, by... more››
June 28, 2007
Otis Young explores "A Peculiar Grace" by Jeffrey Lent, the tale of an hermetic artist's journey from the pain of the past to love in the present. Then, Charles Stephen reviews a collection of essays by contemporary Nebraska non-fiction writers called "The Big Empty," which provides glimpses into... more››
June 21, 2007
Charles Stephen discusses "Stalin's Ghost" by Martin Cruz Smith, a mystery in which Moscow detective Arkady Renko chases crimes old and new across contemporary Russia. Otis Young examines John Connolly's new thriller "The Unquiet," a spooky tale that delves into the darker side of rural Maine.
June 14, 2007
Otis Young reviews "The Good Husband of Zebra Drive," the newest installment in Alexander McCall Smith's "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" mystery series. Charles Stephen takes a look at Donald E. Westlake's "What's So Funny?" which finds hapless thief John Dortmunder on the trail of a golden chess... more››
June 7, 2007
Charles Stephen explores "Mayflower," a realistic and unsentimental history of the Plymouth Colony settlers, by Nathaniel Philbrick; Otis Young discusses "What You Have Left" by new novelist Will Allison, which touches upon threads of betrayal, guilt, and redemption across four generations.
May 31, 2007
Otis Young discusses "In an Instant," in which television journalist Bob Woodruff and his wife, Lee, share their story of love and perseverance while dealing with injuries he sustained covering the war in Iraq. Charles Stephen examines Mark Slouka's engaging "The Visible World," a novel about an... more››
May 23, 2007
Charles Stephen reviews "The Looming Tower" by Lawrence Wright, an essential new chronicle on the history, men, and organization behind 9/11. Otis Young explores "Letter to a Christian Nation," author Sam Harris' response to letters he received over his previous book "The End of Faith."