February 17, 2018

Nonfiction: 2008 Reviewer of the Year

By Heather McCormack Corey Seeman, Director, Kresge Business Administration Library, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan Five months before autism made the cover of Time magazine, Corey Seeman answered my call for reviewers with knowledge of this developmental disorder. A baptism by fire ensued, but Corey never balked at his monthly assignments. LJ thanks […]

Q&A: Reeve Lindbergh (Forward from Here: Leaving Middle Age-and Other Unexpected Adventures)

By Stacey Rae Brownlie, Lancaster P.L., PA In her new book, Forward from Here: Leaving Middle Age—and Other Unexpected Adventures (LJ 4/15/08), Reeve Lindbergh presents essays that gracefully reflect the skills of a woman accomplished as a novelist and children’s book author, as well as a memoirist about her famous parents. From her longtime home in […]

Q&A: Ted Sorensen (Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History)

By Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA Theodore “Ted” Sorensen (b. 1928) was JFK’s go-to guy for speechwriting and domestic policy issues during Kennedy’s 1000-day presidency. In his memoir out this month, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History (LJ 4/15/08), Sorensen writes mostly of those years with the president, […]


By Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA Although the image remains of the 1950s as led by a president indifferent to the needs of African Americans, David A. Nichols, in his boldly revisionist A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution (see review, p. 71), shows […]

Q&A: Michael Honey

By Karl Helicher The mid-1960s saw civil rights victories in Congress during LBJ’s presidency. But as Michael Honey reminds us in Going Down Jericho Road (LJ 12/06), Martin Luther King Jr.’s final focus showed that the struggle for black and working class parity continued. The 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike was a gritty struggle won […]


By Ann Burns An imprint of Kensington since September 2000, Dafina Books publishes over 70 books a year, both fiction and nonfiction, in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market paperback formats. The imprint targets African American readers as well as those interested in a mix of genres and styles reflecting the black experience. To learn […]

Brooke Allen

By D.L. Davey, NYU Lib. Brooke Allen’s criticism – cultural, political, and literary – has appeared in such periodicals as the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic Monthly, and the New Criterion and has been collected in two volumes: Twentieth-Century Attitudes and Artistic Licence. Her new book, Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers, grew […]

Q&A: LeRoy Ashby

By Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, NJ LeRoy Ashby’s new With Amusement for All: A History of American Popular Culture Since 1830 (see review, LJ 4/1/06) ranges far and wide across this country’s entertainments, from Sam Patch’s jump into the Genesee Falls in 1829 to the minstrel show tradition to radio, television, professional sports, and even […]

Q&A: Gary Hart

By Margaret Heilbrun Gary Hart’s latest book, The Shield and the Cloak: The Security of the Commons, is his third in the last half year. After James Monroe and God and Caesar in America: An Essay on Religion and Politics, Hart, U.S. Senator from Colorado from 1975 to 1987, here newly addresses subjects that have […]

Q&A: Rock Brynner

By Margaret Heilbrun Rock Brynner is actor Yul Brynner’s only son and the fourth generation Brynner formally to bear the name Yul. A historian, he was propelled by a 2003 lecture tour to Russia’s Far East to embark on his own odyssey of research and exploration about the lives of his forbears as they journeyed […]