Saturday , June 22 2024

Books

Book Review: Personal Injuries by Scott Turow

Scott Turow is no John Grisham, and that’s good, because one Grisham is enough. The two writers sometimes get lumped together because both had major bestsellers with thrillers about court, and suddenly, surprisingly, they made stories about lawyers exciting and fascinating. Definitely not an easy task. But while Grisham has …

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Book Review: Harvey Pekar’s The Quitter

Harvey Pekar’s ongoing cold war against himself and a world that abides such an infuriating creature turns hot in his gripping new coming-of-age graphic novel, The Quitter. Pekar, the cantankerous retired V.A. hospital file clerk best known for his pioneering, autobiographical comic book series “American Splendor” and the award-winning film …

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Book Review: Grievance

Rocksburg, Pa. Detective Officer Rugs Carlucci has two problems, one of which is much more difficult emotionally. The first fits into his traditional job – help determine who killed a local steel magnate. This work is relatively easy. But it’s the second problem – dealing with his mother as she …

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Book Review: A Man in Full

Tom Wolfe reminds me of a good, focused studious portrait artist&#8212he can draw an excellent picture of whatever it is that he sees before him. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the problem with his new tome, A Man in Full. No doubt about it, Wolfe is an excellent journalist: he describes all …

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