January 13, 2013

This week's reviews

FOR ALL IT'S WORTH

Money, Felix Martin
"We don’t usually think of money as a tool to accomplish all that, but Felix Martin, an economist and former World Bank official and author of the compulsively readable new book “Money: The Unauthorized Biography,” says that money can give us all those thi...more".
Reviewed by Heidi N. Moore
  • The Dismal Science

    KAMIKAZE STRATEGY

    Reviewed by Martha Mcphee

    (Martha McPhee is the author of "Dear Money" and other novels.) The mountain of Purgatory haunts the cover of Peter Mountford’s arresting second novel, “The Dismal Science.” The image, which calls to mind the second...more

  • The Leading Indicators

    STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

    Reviewed by Diane Coyle

    (Diane Coyle is an economist and the author of "GDP: A Short but Affectionate History.") In the dark days of the Great Depression, the economist Simon Kuznets set about calculating the total national income of the United...more

  • A Snicker of Magic

    NEW GIRL IN TOWN

    Reviewed by Elisabeth Egan

    As any young bookworm knows, the library shelves are crammed with beloved characters whose lives have been vastly improved - if not saved - by words. Consider Harriet the Spy, who made sense of the world in her green composition...more

  • Swim That Rock

    TAKING THE HELM

    Reviewed by John Freeman Gill

    “Swim That Rock,” an affable coming-of-age novel by Jay Primiano and John Rocco, is bookended by pencil drawings ostensibly made by Jake Cole, the book’s 14-year-old narrator. The opening spread (in fact drawn by Rocco, a...more

  • Visible City

    SMALL WORLD

    Reviewed by Julia Glass

    The facade of a classic prewar New York City apartment building - the opening image of Tova Mirvis’s third novel, “Visible City” - presents a plain-spoken metaphor for human acquaintance. Meeting a stranger, you may walk...more

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