The Road to Little Dribbling …

… by Bill Bryson Reviewed for New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson   Billed as “a loving and hilarious, if occasionally spiky, valentine” to the author’s adopted country, Bill Bryson’s follow-up, two decades on, to his bestselling Notes from a Small Island, is sometimes that—and sometimes not. His famously droll way of highlighting the “small [...]

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat

… by Edward Kelsey Moore Reviewed for NewYork Journal of Books by Stevie Godson A CLUTCH of husbands, wayward and otherwise, a vicious small-town bigot, and even a couple of benign ghosts – including a most unladylike Eleanor Roosevelt – are among the characters who inhabit the pages of professional cellist Edward Kelsey Moore’s enchanting debut novel. [...]

Driver’s Education by Grant Ginder

Reviewed for New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson IT’S not very often that I agree with book “blurbs,” which tend to be embarrassingly over-the-top paeans of praise for the contents, encouraged (paid for?) by the publisher and presumably approved by the author. The blurb for this book, though, underplays its awesomeness. Grant Ginder’s [...]

The Virgin Cure: A Novel

… by Ami McKay Reviewed for New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson “I am Moth, a girl from the lowest part of Chrystie Street, born to a slum-house mystic and the man who broke her heart.” So begins Ami McKay’s absorbing and occasionally distressing tale of a 12-year-old battling to survive in the [...]

Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century’s Biggest Bestsellers

… by James W Hall Reviewed for New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson It’s a simple premise: take a dozen bestsellers from across the 20th century, turn them inside out and upside down to see what makes them tick, analyse all their similarities and, voila!, you have the recipe for writing a bestseller. Or [...]

Clover Adams: A Gilded & Heartbreaking Life

… By Natalie Dykstra Reviewed for the New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson “Gilded Clover Adams’ life undoubtedly was. It was undeniably tinged with sadness, too—the death of her mother when Clover was only six; the suicide of a beloved aunt; her own childlessness. Clover nonetheless rose above these personal tragedies to live [...]

Confessions of a Left-Handed Man …

… An Artist’s Memoir By Peter Selgin Reviewed for the New York Journal of Books by Stevie Godson IT’S no wonder Peter Selgin gleaned the title of this book of memoir from that ultimate Renaissance man Michelangelo—he’s something of a Renaissance man himself. As Mr. Selgin tells it: “On the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel [...]

Zulu Zulu Golf – New York Journal of Books Review

“‘What does matter is that a lot of people died because I killed them, and I lived. That is what I set out to do and that is what I accomplished . . . to all those people I’ve killed, I am sorry you died, but f**k you all and damn the rest.’” Read the [...]

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