Issue of April 18, 2010

Travel around the world and into time with BiblioBuffet this week!

The world of art seems as if it should be a genteel one, filled with inspired and inspiring works. But the work itself is almost a backdrop to the backbiting, scratching, viciousness, greed, insanity, and yes, even the incredible generosity that Lev Raphael finds in his review of four books (one history, one biography, one monograph, one novel) that portray, in fascinating detail, the worlds four masterpieces created in Four Portraits.

Writing about one’s previous employment can be weird, but in sports it can take on a particularly sensitive strain unless the writer has succeeded at the only measure for success, in this case the Yankees 27th championship. It’s an unflinching look with a welcome dash of perspective, says Pete Croatto, in Then  He Came to the End,  and that makes the book in its new paperback edition (with Afterword) worth reading.

For a generation, the name “Vietnam” has wrought some of the most painful and personal memories of war since the Civil War. It ripped apart not only generations but an entire country. Now, nearly forty years after the raw end, comes a book that tells the stories of the men of one unusual unit in a war that, David Mitchell says, “will always be an ugly conflict, but the heroism of some of its participants and their will to survive against all odds is inspiring” in Long Ago But Still Remembered.

Horror is the spice of life. At least it’s the spice in Kiwi-turned-Australian author Paul Haines’s life. As Gillian Polack discovers in her interview, Haines likes to delve into the profoundly personal to produce the terrible terror, and he does it rather well. Discover how in The Horror in Life: An Interview with Paul Haines.

Incorporating new books into one’s library should be a fun job for any bibliophile. But sometimes those books—filled with memories and connections and relationships—are more than just new books as Lauren Roberts shares in Giving Books.

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3 responses to “Issue of April 18, 2010

  1. Lauren, it’s wonderful the way you’re able to share your dad’s love of reading and books. I enjoyed reading his portrait in books. This aging thing is tough, though.

    Also enjoyed this week’s image–wow.

    • Thank you, Cynthia. I actually enjoy seeing his Grishams and other books in among mine. There’s a nice kind of connection in the co-mingling of our books.

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