Tag Archives: New York City

Review: Hometown Appetites by Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris

Subtitle: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate Born just before the turn of the last century, Clementine Paddleford graduated from college in her home state of Kansas, went to New York City … Continue reading

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Review: Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst

It’s best to not know too much about Fiction Ruined My Family before jumping in. (I bought it because it was 50% off at Barnes & Noble and I liked the title.) The Darsts are an exquisitely dysfunctional family: dad, … Continue reading

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Review: Three-Day Town by Margaret Maron

North Carolina Judge Deborah Knott and hubby Dwight Bryant, a high-ranking police official, head from Colleton County to the Big Apple for a much-delayed honeymoon. They’re staying gratis in the Manhattan co-op apartment of Dwight’s sister-in-law. While they’re at a … Continue reading

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Review: Thinking Small by Andrea Hiott

Subtitle: The Long, Strange Trip of the Volkswagen Beetle Thinking Small tells the story of the men who designed, brought to life and promoted the Volkswagen Beetle. The emphasis is on Ferdinand Porsche, whose concept of a People’s Car was … Continue reading

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Review: The Kingdom and the Power by Gay Talese (1969)

When Adolph Ochs bought The New York Times in the 1890s, it was struggling to stay alive. He resuscitated it and made it into what many consider the finest daily newspaper in America. The Times, even to this day, is … Continue reading

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Review: City Room by Arthur Gelb

The author began working at the The New York Times in 1944 at age 20. He retired 45 years later as a top editor. Published in 2003, City Room tells the story of those 45 years, emphasizing the historical events … Continue reading

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Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print and Power by James McGrath Morris

The name “Joseph Pulitzer” is familiar because of the journalism awards given annually in his name. James McGrath Morris fleshes out the man, whose own contributions to journalism might never have won one of his prizes. He started out as … Continue reading

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Review: Mothers & Daughters by Rae Meadows

I’ve always been leery about reading novels that are described as “luminous,” either in reviews or book blurbs. I must have missed that adjective on the back of the advanced readers’ copy, because I read Mothers & Daughters anyway. The … Continue reading

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Review: In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen

Molly Murphy meets a group of Vassar graduates while walking for women’s suffrage in New York’s Easter Parade. Soon her detective agency has two new clients from among them. One wants her to help find out the truth of her … Continue reading

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Review: 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman

97 Orchard is the closest thing I’ve found to time travel — something I, as an amateur genealogist, would sign up for in a heartbeat! The author is an amazing writer, able to weave together lots of facts without overwhelming … Continue reading

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