January 13, 2013

This week's reviews

THE WOMEN BEHIND THE BOMB

The Wives of Los Alamos, Tarashea Nesbit
"In her first novel, “The Wives of Los Alamos,” TaraShea Nesbit conjures forth that lost time. Thousands of civilians, including young couples just out of the university, lived behind the secret project’s checkpoints. While their husbands worked a few mile...more".
Reviewed by George Johnson
  • Three Brothers

    THREE SIBLINGS AND A MURDER

    Reviewed by Gary Krist

    Peter Ackroyd’s new book begins like a fairy tale: “In the London borough of Camden, in the middle of the last century, there lived three brothers.” And a wondrous set of boys they are, having been born at precisely midday...more

  • The Gray Notebook

    LANGUAGE WITHOUT A COUNTRY

    Reviewed by Alan Riding

    Like many admired writers from small countries, Josep Pla is largely unknown outside his native Catalonia. Not that Catalonia is a country as such, but the Catalan language has long been a proud symbol of the region’s separate...more

  • No Book but the World

    INNOCENCE PROJECT

    Reviewed by Julie Myerson

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing. But in fiction it can take on a whole new power - blunderingly obvious or brightly illuminating, depending on how imaginatively it’s applied. Rare is the contemporary novel that doesn’t set...more

  • Asia's Cauldron

    SEA CHANGE

    Reviewed by Ian Morris

    This is the latest in a series of insightful books, like “The Revenge of Geography” and “The Coming Anarchy,” in which Robert D. Kaplan, the chief geopolitical analyst at the global intelligence company Stratfor, tries to...more

  • Money

    FOR ALL IT'S WORTH

    Reviewed by Heidi N. Moore

    Most people are used to owing money to others, but few think about what money may owe us: an equitable society, a functioning political system, a peaceful economy that can stay off the exhausting roller coaster of financial booms...more

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