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...
The Great Mortality

The Great Mortality

Rating:  The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time, by John Kelly. HarperCollins (2005), 356 pages. Thirty million people dead in Europe, a third of the Middle East wiped out, and China...
The Devil’s Teeth

The Devil’s Teeth

Rating:  The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks, by Susan Casey.  Henry Holt and Company (2005), 291 pages. It’s not often I come across a nonfiction book that is a...
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...
The Elephant Whisperer

The Elephant Whisperer

Rating:  The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild, by Lawrence Anthony.  Thomas Dunne Books (2009), 368 pages. Anthony tells the story here of his life on a game reserve in South Africa.  He makes a point in the prologue of letting...