Month: May 2012

Washingtonian – Review of Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss

Really? Another book about Obama? Yes. And if you love exhaustive, sprawling biographies, you’ll want to free up some serious real estate on your shelf for David Maraniss’s Barack Obama: The Story.

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UPDATE: Politico’s Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen picked up this review for his daily “Playbook” email. Couldn’t believe it.

The San Francisco Chronicle – Review of Man Made by Joel Stein

Joel Stein, a humor columnist for Time magazine who thinks of himself not as a man but as “a person who happens to have a penis,” was terrified when he learned he was about to have a baby boy. “No man,” he says after a fateful trip to his wife’s obstetrician, “has ever stared so hard at a screen and hoped a blur was a vagina since they eliminated those 1980s cable boxes where you could press two buttons at once and get scrambled porn.”

Washingtonian – Washington Reads, May 2012

I’ll be helping with the Washington Reads page in Washingtonian Magazine for a bit beginning with the May 2012 issue, where I reviewed Toni Morrison’s slim, subtle new novel, “Home,” and Georgetown Professor Francis Slakey’s memoir about climbing the Seven Summits and surfing all the world’s oceans, “To the Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes.”