Neither Here nor There

Neither Here nor There

Rating:   Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, by Bill Bryson. Perennial (1992), 235 pages. This was a gift from somebody who remembered that I enjoyed Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, a comedic account of his hike along the Appalachian Trail. Neither...
Tokyo Vice

Tokyo Vice

Rating:  Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan, by Jake Adelstein.  Pantheon Books (2009), 335 pages. I normally stay as far away as possible from books that include words like “crime boss,” “FBI,” and...
The Darkest Child

The Darkest Child

(This review first appeared in November 2006) Rating:  The Darkest Child, by Delores Phillips. Soho Press (2004), 387 pages. This is a very well-written and disturbing (in a good way) novel that does not deserve its ugly cover. The boring stock photo of a...
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

(This review first appeared in July 2008) Rating:  The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski.  Ecco (2008), 576 pages. I heard about The Story of Edgar Sawtelle long before it was published, due to early rave reviews billing it as “An American...
The Glass of Time

The Glass of Time

Rating:  The Glass of Time: The Secret Life of Miss Esperanza Gorst, Narrated by Herself, by Michael Cox. W.W. Norton & Company (2008), 575 pages. In Victorian England, young Esperanza Gorst, a twenty-year-old orphan, applies for a position as personal...