REVIEW: CARELESS PEOPLE by Sarah Churchwell

This is a must-read for any Gatsby enthusiast, English lit student, or lover of the Jazz Age.  Churchwell carefully pieces together very specific events in the Fitzgeralds’ lives and relates them to Scott’s most famous work, The Great Gatsby.  These are not wild hunches or bizarre theories.  She draws from scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, letters from friends,…

REVIEW: ONE SUMMER by Bill Bryson

Bryson has an uncanny way of approaching his subjects.  Here he looks at human achievements, culture, art and more only during the summer months of 1927.  Using Charles Lindbergh and his historic transatlantic flight as a unifying thread, Bryson also investigates the case of Sacco and Vanzetti, the magical season for the New York Yankees,…

REVIEW: THE SCRAPBOOK OF FRANKIE PRATT by Caroline Preston

I adore this book.  It’s a completely individual way to tell a story.  It’s a novel masquerading as a scrapbook — or perhaps it’s the other way around.  Author Caroline Preston says of taking on this project, “I spent an unhealthy portion of my childhood rooting around in the boiling-or-freezing attic of my parent’s house…

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