Probably my opinion of this bold book is worthless.
Edmund White is among the most admired of living authors, his oeuvre consisting of 20-odd books of various forms — novels, stories, essays and biographies — though each one is imbued with his preferred subject, homosexuality.
It is impossible (as I prove in this sentence) to review Philip Roth without mentioning the surge of creativity that began when the author was around 60 and which now sees him publishing a novel every year (his next one, Nemesis, is already finished).
With Blood’s a Rover James Ellroy finally finishes his ‘Underworld USA’ trilogy.
Whether the refusal to allow the Confederate states the right to self-determination, flying as it did in the face of the Declaration of Independence, was the first overt act of American imperialism is a question that goes largely undiscussed.
Free association underpins the comedy of Lorrie Moore’s writing — or perhaps the verb should be ‘unpins’, since her prose spins off in tangential, apparently affectless riffs.
Julie Powell wrote Julie and Julia, a book (and now a film) in which she described her attempts to cook a huge number of recipes by the cookery writer Julia Child.
Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín
Ask Alice, by D. J. Taylor
God Bless America: Misadventures of a Big Mouth, by Piers Morgan
Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Gamble: General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006-2008, by Thomas E. Ricks
Americans in Paris, by Charles Glass
Journals: 1952-2000, by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr, edited by Andrew Schlesinger and Stephen Schlesinger
The Eagle & the Crown, by Frank Prochaska
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America, edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey