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Fantastic Starred PW review for Lyanda Lynn Haupt's The Urban Bestiary

September 17, 2013

Lyanda Lynn Haupt's just-published The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little, Brown) grabbed a great starred review from this week's Publishers Weekly:

In this sparkling follow-up to Crow Planet, Haupt returns to the urban wilds, this time familiarizing the reader with the wildlife ecology within their own backyards. From the ubiquitous squirrel, to the seldom seen coyote, or the subterranean mole, Haupt seeks to demystify the lives of the animals that commonly surround us, even in the most urban and seemingly unnatural settings... Packed with information yet conversation in style, this nature memoir invites backyard birdwatchers and amateur naturalists to take a moment to be still, observant, and to discover that the wild world really does extend into our own lives, and even still today, we are too a part of that wild.

Posted by waleslit on September 17, 2013  |  Permalink

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Dan Savage's American Savage a Top 10 PW Pick!

April 22, 2013

Publishers Weekly's Best Summer Books list for 2013 is out, and American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics by Dan Savage (Dutton, May 28, 2013) is on the list. PW also did a cool short interview with Dan. Here's a quick clip:

You serve up seriously unconventional advice in this book, including tips on marital infidelity!

It’s going to happen, so why not do it right? I’m not condoning serial adulterers who are abusing their partners or putting them at risk. But there are times when cheating can save a marriage—for example, when one spouse is seriously disabled and the other, to stay sane, gets his or her needs met elsewhere, discreetly. Or maybe it’s a terrific marriage except for very divergent needs for sex. It overemphasizes the importance of sex to say that, if a marriage is working in every area but sex, a spouse must divorce first and cheat second. There are times when people should cheat first and divorce not at all.

Your own same-sex marriage seems almost a model of wholesomeness. Is there a tension between the radical sex-advice columnist and your inner Ward Cleaver?

People who consider me the enemy of all things good and decent would be appalled at how Ozzie and Harriet it is around our house. People come over expecting a sling over our dining room table and a goat under it, and they’re just flummoxed: Terry and I are in bed at 9:30 p.m. most nights and sometimes we can’t make it through The Daily Show. But there are also times when we go to the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago and tear it up. Being parents should not preclude taking a walk on the wild side every once in a while.

Posted by waleslit on April 22, 2013  |  Permalink

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Starred PW Review for Dan Savage's American Savage

March 15, 2013

Rave starred review for forthcoming American Savage: Insight, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics by Dan Savage (Dutton/Penguin, May 28, 2013) in today's Publishers Weekly:


America’s most in-your-face sex columnist and gay-rights activist comes out swinging in these pugnacious, hilarious essays.. Savage (Savage Love) proffers more unvarnished and often sacrilegious bedroom and relationship advice, recommending, for example, that spouses try each other’s kinks on for size and, if sexual incompatibility proves insurmountable in an otherwise satisfying marriage, that they consider a little nookie on the side. He reserves his most pointed sex tips for detractors and ideological opponents, suggesting a number of lewd acts they could perform to cope with their upset over his forthright advocacy of marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.  (He widens his brief to include cogent soap-boxing on behalf of single-payer national health insurance, gun control, and physician-assisted suicide.) Savage is that rarity, a liberal—verging on radical—who defends his positions with steel-trap logic and scornful humor laced with profanity and stripped of politically correct cant. But in his own way he’s a champion of “family values,” which emerge in warm domestic scenes with his husband and son, in moving reflections on his mother’s death, and in his common-sense understanding of sexual fulfillment as an anchor for stable relationships. Underneath Savage’s scabrous, bomb-throwing exterior beats the heart of a softie.

Posted by waleslit on March 15, 2013  |  Permalink

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Bill Streever Names the 5 Hottest Places in America

January 25, 2013

For people who think 90F is mild, Bill Streever put together a list of five of the hottest (and sometimes dangerous) sightseeing opportunities and activities, in the U.S.

#5 is the Brookhaven, NY Super Collider:

Scientists have found a way to create and measure temperatures present within moments of the Big Bang. How? By accelerating ions of gold and lead to close to the speed of light and then guiding those ions into a head-on collision. In 2012, the Brookhaven National Laboratory, an hour or so by train from New York City, achieved temperatures of 7 trillion degrees. This is far from the hottest temperatures of the Big Bang, which exceeded 1032 degrees (that would be a 1 followed by 32 zeros), but it is hot enough to end the lives of protons and neutrons, reducing matter to a quark-gluon soup with characteristics that surprised the best and brightest theoretical physicists. And now the collider near Geneva, Switzerland, often known as the CERN Collider (after the initials of the particle physics research organization behind the collider), may have exceeded that record. Visitors are not normally allowed into the collider tunnels, but both facilities offer tours and explanations of what they are doing. For thermophiles with a streak of geek, a collider visit should not be missed.

For the other four, check out Publishers Weekly.

Posted by waleslit on January 25, 2013  |  Permalink

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Starred Publishers Weekly Review for Bill Streever's Heat

December 14, 2012

Fantastic starred review for Heat: Adventures in the World's Fiery Places by Bill Streever (Little, Brown, Jan 2013) in  Publishers Weekly:


Streever's follow-up to his 2010 New York Times bestseller, Heat... (is) delivered in funny, matter-of-fact prose, as when describing his ineptitude at starting a fire ("If the world were populated by people like me, we would still be living in trees and eating fruit. Climate change would not be an issue"). In this worthy companion to Cold, Streever is able to mix the pop science, personal experiences, and historic asides into a fun and informative commentary on a subject that few people think about despite its inherent life and death implications.



Posted by waleslit on December 14, 2012  |  Permalink

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Dolls Behaving Badly, a novel by Cinthia Ritchie: a tale of female triumph

December 14, 2012

Great Publishers Weekly review for Cinthia Ritchie's debut novel, Dolls Behaving Badly (Grand Central, Feb. 2013):


Ritchie’s quirky debut concerns 38-year-old Carla Richards, whose many years of waitressing and motherhood have derailed her dreams of becoming an artist. After Carla begins making erotic dolls to supplement her income, she rediscovers her passion for painting.... Ritchie’s tale of female triumph makes for a fun read. 


You can catch the full review on Cinthia's blog.

Posted by waleslit on December 14, 2012  |  Permalink

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Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain, stories by Lucia Perillo: A PW Top 10 Pick

November 2, 2012

Lucia Perillo's story collection, Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (W.W. Norton, 2012), won a Top Ten spot on Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2012.

Write-up and  starred, boxed review can be found here, and the list is here.

Congratulations Lucia!

Posted by waleslit on November 2, 2012  |  Permalink

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The Rocks Don't Lie: Starred PW review

May 30, 2012

A starred review in Publishers Weekly for The Rocks Don't Lie by David Montgomery (Norton, August 2012):

Many theologians and scientists within the Christian tradition have long interpreted the biblical story of Noah’s flood as a worldwide event and a foundation for determining the geological age of the earth. In this rich, animated narrative, geologist Montgomery points out that theologians have often bent an amazing array of geological evidence to support a literal interpretation of Noah’s flood. But what does the Earth itself tell us? Using the evidence he finds in the various strata of rocks in a roadbed in Kentucky, Montgomery contends that the “440 million-year-old, trilobite-bearing limestone” is clearly not a chaotic, mixed-up product of an earth-churning flood. The rocks formed when an ancient “proto-Atlantic Ocean” led to the formation of a thick pile of sediment that gradually accumulated layer by later—stretching from Newfoundland to Alabama. Moreover, plate tectonics shatters the myth of a global flood by explaining the sequences, ages, and assemblages of rocks we find throughout the world, as well as the global distribution of topography. Brilliant and provocative, Montgomery’s exploration of scientific and theological understandings of Noah’s flood vibrantly opens our eyes to the marvels of ancient rocks that are far grander than ourselves.

Posted by Waleslit on May 30, 2012  |  Permalink

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Whaleboats under sail

March 28, 2012

"A true artist!"-- Two starred, boxed reviews for Lucia Perillo in the March 26 edition of Publishers Weekly for her first fiction collection, Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (Norton, May 2012) and a new poetry collection.

MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-nominated [finalist] poet Perillo debuts a work of fiction in a lyrical short story collection that reveals a genius for plot and metaphor. The collection's 14 stories take place in the Pacific Northwest and chart a broad emotional arc... Perillo (Inseminating the Elephant) strikes a glorious balance between wryly intelligent prose and emotional force, recalling Alice Munro at her best. This volume's vibrant stories demonstrate the full potential of the short story form when put in the hands of a true artist.

You can read the full review for Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain here, and the review for On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths here.

Posted by Waleslit on March 28, 2012  |  Permalink

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Whaleboats under sail

March 5, 2012

Starred, boxed review from Publishers Weekly for Kirsten Grind's The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual-- the Biggest Bank Failure in American History (Simon & Schuster, June 2012). We've quoted from the review below and you can see it on the PW website here:

Hubris and greed break the bank in this absorbing saga of the housing bubble. In her first book, Wall Street Journal reporter Grind chronicles the rise of Washington Mutual from a sleepy Seattle-based thrift to America’s biggest savings and loan bank, its reckless plunge into the can’t-lose subprime mortgage market, and its 2008 failure. As the honest, avowedly “nice” WaMu succumbs to the lure of easy money, an almost Shakespearean boardroom melodrama unfolds, featuring vivid personalities like Kerry Killinger, WaMu’s conquering hero-turned-vacillating nebbishy CEO, and Jamie Dimon, the ruthless JPMorgan leader who swallowed WaMu. (Grind raises disturbing questions about how JPMorgan benefited from the FDIC’s forcing a possibly salvageable WaMu into receivership.) Even more revealing are the bit players—the WaMu salespeople peddling extortionate adjustable rate mortgages to impecunious borrowers who didn’t understand what they were signing. Grind pens a lucid, entertaining guide to the delusions and frauds powering the debacle, from Fed chief Alan Greenspan’s rose-tinted economic forecasts down to the falsified documents that put people with no income, assets, or perhaps even pulses into mortgages they could never repay. Hers is one of the best accounts yet of WaMu’s demise—and of the Great Crash as it played out on a human scale.

Posted by Waleslit on March 5, 2012  |  Permalink

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