BookChat Man’s Recent Reviews

What’s that?   You want still more ideas for the bookish remnant on your holiday gift list?

As always, I live only to serve. Here are links to  several of my recent book reviews from The Dallas Morning News, all of them  available at remaining book stores everywhere. Don’t settle for the clever summary; click through to the whole review!

1. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.  I wouldn’t bring this one up while dining with happy carnivores or compromised vegetarians.  Reviewed here.

2. Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton. Even as a midwinter beach read, the last novel completed by the late MegaSellerosaurus  doesn’t stand up to the likes of Jurassic Park or Prey, meaning it may only sell 25 million copies.  Reviewed here.

3. No Impact Man by Colin Beavan. New York City guy and his family try to live lightly on the earth for an entire year–no carbon footprint, no pollution, no waste, no imported food, no. . . life, you say? Actually, this book recalls Thoreau’s still -pressing question:  Do we own our things, or do our things own us? Reviewed here.

4. The Humbling by Philip Roth. The last living face on our literary Mt. Rushmore (after the departure of Mailer, Bellow, and Updike) keeps turning out short, bitter  books like  bracing cups of absinthe. The Bad News: Old age brings bad sleep, blooming  polyps and worse. The Good News:  In Roth novels,  polyp-laden 70-ish guys still land those hot young women. Reviewed here.

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