Manhood for Amateurs

Manhood for Amateurs

Rating:  Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son,  by Michael Chabon. HarperCollins (2009), 306 pages. Chabon’s writing in this collection of essays appears, as usual, to be effortless, as if his words were typed out...
Neither Here nor There

Neither Here nor There

Rating:   Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, by Bill Bryson. Perennial (1992), 235 pages. This was a gift from somebody who remembered that I enjoyed Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, a comedic account of his hike along the Appalachian Trail. Neither...
Tokyo Vice

Tokyo Vice

Rating:  Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan, by Jake Adelstein.  Pantheon Books (2009), 335 pages. I normally stay as far away as possible from books that include words like “crime boss,” “FBI,” and...
Factory Girls

Factory Girls

Rating:  Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, by Leslie T. Chang. Spiegel & Grau (2009), 436 pages. This book provides a multifaceted understanding of those three little words we cannot escape: “Made in China.” We think we have some...
Bright-Sided

Bright-Sided

Rating:  Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America, by Barbara Ehrenreich.  Metropolitan Books (2009), 235 pages. Ehrenreich is making all kinds of really excellent points in this book. Yes, being told you must...
The Snakehead

The Snakehead

Rating:  The Snakehead:  An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream, by Patrick Radden Keefe.  Doubleday (2009), 414 pages. In June of 1993, in the middle of the night, a ship ran aground a few hundred yards off the Rockaway Peninsula in...