Category Archives: Culture

Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 147 pages, 2004 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: It was featured in Time Magazine, and since the author is from Toronto, I thought it might be worth checking out. Synopsis: A collection of … Continue reading

A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 274 pages, 2001 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: A Cook’s Tour has to be the worst show on television for a vegetarian to get addicted to, but I can’t resist Bourdain’s bad-ass, snarky, … Continue reading

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 343 pages, 2003 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: A buzz book. Synopsis: In Reading Lolita, Nafisi chronicles her life in Iran as a university professor during a time of war and repression. In … Continue reading

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 279 pages, 2000 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: A recommendation from Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust. Synopsis: Gladwell takes a fascinating look at the people who start trends and epidemics, and the little things … Continue reading

The Meaning of Wife by Anne Kingston

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 336 pages (incl. 44 pages of notes, index and bibliography), 2004 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: The spectacular, attention-grabbing cover. Synopsis: Kingston investigates the role that women take on when they become a … Continue reading

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy by Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 256 pages, 2004 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: I think the tv show is hilarious. Synopsis: Television’s Fab Five continue their quest to improve straight men, this time in book form. Each expert … Continue reading

How to be Alone by Jonathan Franzen

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 278 pages, 2002 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: Loved The Corrections and happened to walk by How to be Alone at the library. Synopsis: In this collection of thirteen essays, Franzen gives his … Continue reading

Dude, Where’s My Country? by Michael Moore

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 249 pages, 2003 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I liked Stupid White Men, as well as Moore’s documentary, “Bowling for Columbine.” Synopsis: Moore explores post-September 11, 2001 America, and how the event has … Continue reading

Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values by Michael Adams

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 224 pages (incl. 80 pages of appendix and index), 2003 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: It sounded interesting. Synopsis: Through a series of surveys conducted in 1992, 1996, and 2000, Adams explores how … Continue reading