Review: Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers"
Review: Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers"

The month of May and summer is the perfect time to take in theater in downtown Naples...

Review: Love, Celibacy & Passion
Review: Love, Celibacy & Passion

Evelyn McLean Brady’s words are best, and they are those of a clear-eyed writer with a sense of history.

Review: "Christianity," a second look at a classic
Review: "Christianity," a second look at a classic

Diarmaid MacCulloch, its author, was brought up in a country rectory in East Anglia and is now a fellow of St Cross College, Oxford.

Book review: A Man of Parts
Book review: A Man of Parts

“A Man Of Parts” takes the facts of the life of H.G. Wells and ruminates upon them, creating a novel out of known information - particularly his love life with two wives and many mistresses.

Review: Liberal Arts will rule the digital world
Review: Liberal Arts will rule the digital world

If you majored in humanities or social sciences, you are a fuzzy. If you majored in computer of hard sciences, Hartley says, you are a techie.

Review: The Boat Rocker
Review: The Boat Rocker

Ha Jin’s new novel, “The Boat Rocker”, is about an investigative Chinese reporter working for a Chinese news agency in New York. He’s also applied for his U.S. citizenship.

Review: The Reader's Companion to Ireland
Review: The Reader's Companion to Ireland

There's some fine writing about Ireland by inquisitive visitors - they are curious, ask questions and describe what they've seen.

Review: Latest, best Woolf bio a difficult but rewarding read
Review: Latest, best Woolf bio a difficult but rewarding read

In the last twelve months, three fine biographies of Virginia Woolf have appeared and this latest, Hermione Lee's, is best.

Review: The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh
Review: The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh

The authors' friendship was literary and long-term, both dear and devastating, each feeling alternately prized or pilloried -- and all by post.

Review: Michael Ondaatje's "Warlight"
Review: Michael Ondaatje's "Warlight"

Michael Ondaatje, who shared the Booker Prize in 1992 for “The English Patient”, has a powerful, if at times confusing, new novel in the bookstalls.

Review: Excessive biography bleeds 'Dracula' dry
Review: Excessive biography bleeds 'Dracula' dry

The title of this biography says precisely what's wrong with it.

Review: A Spirituality of Being Human
Review: A Spirituality of Being Human


This is a book of real value, eternal value, if you’re a believer.

A look back at how book reviewing has changed
A look back at how book reviewing has changed

How does one write a review? I can only say what I do.

Review: What Being Catholic Means To Me
Review: What Being Catholic Means To Me

Pope Francis' recent visit to Ireland prompts this book review, slightly updated.

Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns

This is a beautiful if complex read, if you've missed it.

Review: Augustine and The Jews
Review: Augustine and The Jews

Augustine of Hipp is remembered as a theologian and philosopher who developed concepts about what comprise a just war and the nature of original sin.

Review: Being Nixon
Review: Being Nixon

Why the interest in Richard Nixon and his decline again?

Review: Reading in the Dark
Review: Reading in the Dark

The novel is in the form of a memoir about growing up in Northern Ireland in the '40s and '50s. It is painfully, beautifully described.

Review: The Thing About Thugs
Review: The Thing About Thugs

The book draws us into the false idea that Caucasians are a superior race who have the obligation to convert the rest of the world to its brand of Christianity.

Review: Mosaic - A Family Memoir Revisited
Review: Mosaic - A Family Memoir Revisited

Michael Holroyd's book, "Mosaic", is a largely successful pruning of the author's family tree.

Review: V.S. Pritchett - A Working Life
Review: V.S. Pritchett - A Working Life

Pritchett's literary achievement is vast: fiction and nonfiction, autobiography, travel writer, critic, letter writer and diarist. His output was immense.

Review: You are not special
Review: You are not special

Teenagers graduating from high school this year are ticked if you tell them they're not special.

Review: Graham Greene - A life in letters has become a lost art
Review: Graham Greene - A life in letters has become a lost art

Because of the Internet, letter writing is has become a lost art.

Review: What England was like when Jane Austen was writing
Review: What England was like when Jane Austen was writing

What Jane Austen's beloved novels don't say much about is the rougher context of English society during her lifetime.

Review: The Lunar Men
Review: The Lunar Men

They were all men of the English midlands, amateur experimenters, far from London, for the most part, far from university life.

Review: The revolution of RFK
Review: The revolution of RFK

This is a good time for a biography of Robert Kennedy: after the 100th anniversary of the birth of his brother John F. Kennedy. It's also worthwhile to have a read about the president's brother because of the Netflix series just released.

Review: 'Greatest scientist of his age' has a lot to say to ours
Review: 'Greatest scientist of his age' has a lot to say to ours

This wonderful book on the life of Alexander von Humboldt, is something you'll prize even if you don't know a weed from a willow.

Review: A Legacy of Spies
Review: A Legacy of Spies

John Le Carre's latest spy novel, "A Legacy Of Spies," is a book whose title is chosen carefully.

Book Review: Maeve Brennan, Homesick at The New Yorker
Book Review: Maeve Brennan, Homesick at The New Yorker

Maeve Brennan, latterly appreciated with the publishing of the short story collection “The Springs of Affection," spent part of her unknown life as a disoriented bag-lady on the streets of New York City.

Review: Bio of "Clockwork Orange" Anthony Burgess
Review: Bio of "Clockwork Orange" Anthony Burgess

Pray, if you ever become famous, that you do not get a biographer like Roger Lewis.

Review: Heaven Lies About Us
Review: Heaven Lies About Us

Don’t read 88-year-old, Irish short story writer Edward McCabe’s reflections about Ireland on a rainy day...

Review: God's Bestseller
Review: God's Bestseller

"God’s Best Seller" is the story of William Tyndale, Thomas More and the writing of the English Bible.

Review: 25 years of Irish-Vietnamese identity
Review: 25 years of Irish-Vietnamese identity

Recently Pope Francis recently spoke about this same overwhelming need for humanity to recognize the needs of the dispossessed and how to help them.

Review: "God's Soldiers"
Review: "God's Soldiers"

If you think about how one might write a history of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, founded by Ignatius Loyola in 1540, there are two choices.

Review: Mencken - sorely needed as a critic of today's America
Review: Mencken - sorely needed as a critic of today's America

H.L. Mencken was a journalist whose plain-speaking today's America could use.

Review: The Teenage Brain
Review: The Teenage Brain

I suppose the reason most parents or grandparents might pick up “Brainstorm” is that they are puzzled by the hormone-hyped behavior of a child or grandchild.

Review: Beautiful Souls
Review: Beautiful Souls

A few years ago, writer Eyall Press examined what made people say ‘No’ in morally compromising situations.

Review: “Birthright: The True Story That Inspired Kidnapped”
Review: “Birthright: The True Story That Inspired Kidnapped”

“Birthright” is great work by Virginia Tech professor, A. Roger Ekirch.

Review: Portrait of a Novel
Review: Portrait of a Novel

"Finding the soul of the book" should be the goal of any reviewer. It is easy enough to do in Michael Gorra’s tale of the life of a book...

Review: The Anatomy Lesson
Review: The Anatomy Lesson

Go back to the 17th century, 1632 in fact, to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, and attend the Surgeons’ Guild...

Review: Culture and the Death of God
Review: Culture and the Death of God

Terry Eagleton investigates in “Culture and the Death of God” how our supposedly faithless age – threatened by religious fundamentalism after 9/11 - searches for a replacement for God.

Book review: A Man of Parts
Book review: A Man of Parts

“A Man Of Parts” takes the facts of the life of H.G. Wells and ruminates upon them, creating a novel out of known information - particularly his love life with two wives and many mistresses.

Review: Liberal Arts will rule the digital world
Review: Liberal Arts will rule the digital world

If you majored in humanities or social sciences, you are a fuzzy. If you majored in computer of hard sciences, Hartley says, you are a techie.

Review: The Boat Rocker
Review: The Boat Rocker

Ha Jin’s new novel, “The Boat Rocker”, is about an investigative Chinese reporter working for a Chinese news agency in New York. He’s also applied for his U.S. citizenship.

Review: The Reader's Companion to Ireland
Review: The Reader's Companion to Ireland

There's some fine writing about Ireland by inquisitive visitors - they are curious, ask questions and describe what they've seen.

Review: Latest, best Woolf bio a difficult but rewarding read
Review: Latest, best Woolf bio a difficult but rewarding read

In the last twelve months, three fine biographies of Virginia Woolf have appeared and this latest, Hermione Lee's, is best.

Review: The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh
Review: The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh

The authors' friendship was literary and long-term, both dear and devastating, each feeling alternately prized or pilloried -- and all by post.

Review: Michael Ondaatje's "Warlight"
Review: Michael Ondaatje's "Warlight"

Michael Ondaatje, who shared the Booker Prize in 1992 for “The English Patient”, has a powerful, if at times confusing, new novel in the bookstalls.

Review: Excessive biography bleeds 'Dracula' dry
Review: Excessive biography bleeds 'Dracula' dry

The title of this biography says precisely what's wrong with it.

Review: A Spirituality of Being Human
Review: A Spirituality of Being Human


This is a book of real value, eternal value, if you’re a believer.

A look back at how book reviewing has changed
A look back at how book reviewing has changed

How does one write a review? I can only say what I do.

Review: What Being Catholic Means To Me
Review: What Being Catholic Means To Me

Pope Francis' recent visit to Ireland prompts this book review, slightly updated.

Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns

This is a beautiful if complex read, if you've missed it.

Review: Augustine and The Jews
Review: Augustine and The Jews

Augustine of Hipp is remembered as a theologian and philosopher who developed concepts about what comprise a just war and the nature of original sin.

Review: Being Nixon
Review: Being Nixon

Why the interest in Richard Nixon and his decline again?

Review: Reading in the Dark
Review: Reading in the Dark

The novel is in the form of a memoir about growing up in Northern Ireland in the '40s and '50s. It is painfully, beautifully described.

Review: The Thing About Thugs
Review: The Thing About Thugs

The book draws us into the false idea that Caucasians are a superior race who have the obligation to convert the rest of the world to its brand of Christianity.

Review: Mosaic - A Family Memoir Revisited
Review: Mosaic - A Family Memoir Revisited

Michael Holroyd's book, "Mosaic", is a largely successful pruning of the author's family tree.

Review: V.S. Pritchett - A Working Life
Review: V.S. Pritchett - A Working Life

Pritchett's literary achievement is vast: fiction and nonfiction, autobiography, travel writer, critic, letter writer and diarist. His output was immense.

Review: You are not special
Review: You are not special

Teenagers graduating from high school this year are ticked if you tell them they're not special.

Review: Graham Greene - A life in letters has become a lost art
Review: Graham Greene - A life in letters has become a lost art

Because of the Internet, letter writing is has become a lost art.

Review: What England was like when Jane Austen was writing
Review: What England was like when Jane Austen was writing

What Jane Austen's beloved novels don't say much about is the rougher context of English society during her lifetime.

Review: The Lunar Men
Review: The Lunar Men

They were all men of the English midlands, amateur experimenters, far from London, for the most part, far from university life.

Review: The revolution of RFK
Review: The revolution of RFK

This is a good time for a biography of Robert Kennedy: after the 100th anniversary of the birth of his brother John F. Kennedy. It's also worthwhile to have a read about the president's brother because of the Netflix series just released.

Review: 'Greatest scientist of his age' has a lot to say to ours
Review: 'Greatest scientist of his age' has a lot to say to ours

This wonderful book on the life of Alexander von Humboldt, is something you'll prize even if you don't know a weed from a willow.

Review: A Legacy of Spies
Review: A Legacy of Spies

John Le Carre's latest spy novel, "A Legacy Of Spies," is a book whose title is chosen carefully.

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