Review

San Francisco Chronicle – Review of Plato at the Googleplex by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

This isn’t your professor’s philosophy book. By her own count, MacArthur Fellow Rebecca Newberger Goldstein breaks at least one cardinal rule of the academy in her remarkably alive, ruminative new work, “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away.” “I was trained as a philosopher never to put philosophers and their ideas into historical contexts,” she writes, “since historical context has nothing to do with the validity of the philosopher’s positions.”

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Newsday – Review of Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates

You may wish, from time to time, that you could feel like a teenager again. “Teenage knees?” you think. “Sign me up!” But then you run into someone like Cressida Mayfield. The delicate heart of Joyce Carol Oates’ moody, marvelous new novel, “Carthage,” 19-year-old Cressida reminds you that those teenage knees come at a price: You’d have to suffer through all those teenage emotions again to get them.

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Washingtonian – Review of Someone by Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott’s hypnotic, evocative novel, Someone, unfolds through a series of snapshots capturing the life of a woman living in Brooklyn before, during, and after the Second World War. The stories are lean and deliberate, and they appear to be randomly assembled, like snapshots pulled from an old shoebox. But as the exquisite images and poignant truths add up, we’re reminded that nothing happens in a McDermott novel by accident. This is a writer in complete control.

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Newsday – Review of Vanished by Wil S. Hylton

The official story was that the war in the Pacific claimed Jimmie Doyle on Sept. 1, 1944, when Japanese antiaircraft fire brought down his B-24 Liberator during a bombing mission over the tiny Palau archipelago. Neither the plane nor a single member of the 11-man crew was ever found. But there was always a second, darker story, and it haunted Jimmie’s son, Tommy, for most of his life.

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