Issue of June 19, 2011

In this week’s issue, we have some fabulous reading and reading recommendations for you. The world of science? You have it with Gillian. Looking for some outstanding summer reading? Lev has that. The inside scoop at ESPN? Check in with Pete. What’s behind the biography? Carl tells all. So be sure to check all our columns out. You might just find the perfect readers’ summer in them.

What’s it really like being inside ESPN? That is precisely the subject of a new book that  Pete Croatto, in Really, What’s the Score?, found to be an “addictive, eye-opening oral history” with, unfortunately, a few oversights in an “otherwise outstanding book.”

“In other words (with caveats about the opening and closing sections) this is an excellent introduction to the subject,” writes Gillian Polack about a flawed but quite worthy book exploring the world of ancient Greek science in Scientists and Scholars and Ancient Greece.

Are you looking for something out of the ordinary for summer reading? Lev Raphael has four intriguing and entertaining choices, which couldn’t be less run-of-the-mill and more different from each other in Super Summer Books.

Carl Rollyson’s current work-in-progress, a biography of actor Dana Andrews, is causing him some frustration—not because there is insufficient material but because there is so much of it. In Biography and the Backstory, he finds himself constantly tempted to “go off on tangents” that would “dilute the compelling human-interest story” of a complex man.

On the occasion of Father’s Day, Lauren Roberts meanders a bit down the bibliophile memory lane in Dads, Daughters and Books.


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