Foreword Reviews

  • Book of the Day

    Marita

    Every event is like a tabloid headline in this engrossing memoir, written by a former spy.

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  • The Gift of Books

    To a book lover, gift books may be a term too specifically applied to one subset of literature; all books are gifts. These eight books reviewed in our September/October 2017 issue are especially gifty.

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  • A Funny Cancer Memoir is Tragedy Plus Time

    Writing a cancer memoir is difficult while you're inside the story, undergoing treatment. What does help, though, is writing down every thought, dark and light, to friends and family. Out of this came, for one author, a humorous cancer memoir.

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  • Want to Get a Child to Read? We Recommend These Books

    The saying goes “if you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” These books reviewed in our September/October 2017 issue will help any child learn to love reading.

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  • Company See Company Do

    Success Isn't Monkey Business

    This diverse collection of business books includes fascinating case studies of failed startup, a thriving financial organization, and more.

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Book Review

Origins of a Story

by Matt Sutherland

Stories have stories, and when these stories are about stories like To Kill a Mockingbird or Frankenstein or Lolita or Charlotte’s Web or another classic, beloved novel, those stories take on great meaning. Of Infinite Jest, in an... Read More

Book Review

Paperbacks from Hell

by Matt Sutherland

As trends in genre fiction go, you’d be hard pressed to find a more indelible example than the paperback horror novels of the 1970s and 1980s. All manner of depravity, from Nazi leprechauns, psychic spawn, ghost trains, and... Read More

Book Review

Nothing Left Behind

by Matt Sutherland

Burning Man, festival beyond words in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, attracts 70,000 utopians for a weeklong experiment in barter, selfless giving, artistic self-expression, and unchecked revelry. But don’t get the wrong idea. The event... Read More

Book Review

Secret Marvels of the World

by Matt Sutherland

Lonely Planet wants you to visit the far reaches of weird. Are you prepared for three hundred jars of human brains in Lima’s Museo del Cerebro? How about the sight of ten million hay-colored bats flying over your head as you wander... Read More

Book Review

Tasting Georgia

by Matt Sutherland

Ancient, enigmatic Georgia, enviably positioned between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, lays claim to one of history’s greatest civilizing feats: the first domestication of wild grapes more than five thousand years ago. This... Read More

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Eating Eternity

by Matt Sutherland

God felt so guilty about creating France as the most beautiful place in the world that he somehow needed to make amends. So he created the French people. Bada bing! But he also sprinkled the population with incomparable French chefs and... Read More

Book Review

Bark

by Matt Sutherland

Back again to the ongoing attempt to wrap one’s brain around the unwrappable, the unbrainable evil that was the Holocaust. This time in the guise of a tiny book of photos and reflections on Auschwitz-Birkenau. Birken, German for birch,... Read More

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