Bill Bryson made his name with witty travelogues that spanned the world. But does the shtick ever get old?
I started thinking seriously about journalism as a career in eighth grade. Specifically sportswriting, thanks to a discounted subscription to Sports Illustrated courtesy of the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. I always read it from cover to cover, even the articles about sports I didn’t care about or people I didn’t know. That was how I learnedContinue reading “These compelling profiles transcend sports”
Author’s note: It’s #ThrowbackThursday here at An American Bluestocking, when I share earlier takes on books I think are worth your time. I originally wrote this review in January 2016; it was published on LibraryThing. This book broke my heart. One of the (few) encouraging things that seems to be coming out of our currentContinue reading “‘Just Mercy’”
John Steinbeck hits the road in ‘Travels With Charley’ In 1960 at the age of 58, Steinbeck had already published his last novel (although he didn’t know it), and had less than a decade to live (which he also didn’t know but probably suspected). He was restless, a feeling exacerbated by having spent the pastContinue reading “Have dog, will travel”
‘A Chesapeake Requiem’ takes the reader inside the endangered world of Tangier Island There’s a romance that lingers around certain places in America. Usually they are places that to outside observers have been “left behind” by modernity. Those of us frantically trying to keep up with the blistering pace of technology fool ourselves into thinkingContinue reading “A watery way of life”
Sports stories — and especially baseball stories — are written at certain altitudes, as it were. Some are written from 30,000 feet, taking a wide overview of what’s happening across a broad span of time. Some cruise along at a lower altitude, focusing on a particular team or player but still encompassing a number ofContinue reading “‘Yells for Ourselves’ gets up close and personal with the NY Mets”
Kory Stamper Shares Her Love For Language in the Delightful ‘Word by Word’ Every last syllable of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries (Pantheon Books, 2017) is utterly delightful. You should seek it out and read it immediately. The End. OK, that’s not much of a review. Let’s try again. Kory Stamper is a lexicographerContinue reading “You could look it up”
“The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating” is Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s luminous memoir about a year of debilitating illness, with only a snail to provide companionship and comfort.
From the start, he needed to overcome internal and external opposition by willful acts of self-definition, the ambitious farm boy autodidact becoming a splitter of words and ideas rather than fence rails. Fred Kaplan, Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer I’m having trouble writing this review because I have so much to say. I triedContinue reading “Abe Lincoln had the write stuff”