Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



Ethel Rosenberg by Anne Sebba

Ethel Rosenberg is a biography about the woman executed for treason by the U.S. government in 1953. For many people, when they think of her, they see Meryl Streep sitting at Roy Cohn's bedside as he lay dying of AIDS.... Continue Reading →

Undaunted by James O. Brennan

Undaunted is the memoir of John O. Brennan, the CIA director for the last half of President Obama's term. Since his retirement, he has been critical of Trump and the Republicans who refused to act to punish Russia for intervening... Continue Reading →

The Cynic by Alec MacGillis

I have been wanting to read The Cynic ever since I saw a picture of Mitch McConnell, student activist, organizing a civil rights march to Frankfort and learned he witnessed the signing of the Voting Rights Act. How did someone... Continue Reading →

The Notorious Mrs. Clem by Wendy Gamber

Just three years after the end of the Civil War, Jason and Nancy Young were murdered along the White River outside Indianapolis. The investigation quickly settled on a conspiracy of three men and a woman who were involved in a dubious financial... Continue Reading →

The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser

Nearly everyone loves Jane Austen. People have favorites and can get quite heated over whether "Emma" or "Mansfield Park" or "Pride and Prejudice" are the best or who wrote the best completion of Sanditon or how anyone would dare, but... Continue Reading →

Good Friday on the Rez by David Hugh Bunnell

Good Friday on the Rez is an effective combination of personal memoir and history organized around a road trip on Good Friday. Author David Hugh Bunnell, back in his hometown of Alliance, Nebraska, sets out on a visit to Pine Ridge... Continue Reading →

Explorers’ Sketchbooks by Kari Herbert & Huw Lewis-Jones

Explorers' Sketchbooks: The Art of Discovery & Adventure is a stunningly beautiful and fascinating book by Kari Herbert and Huw Lewis-Jones. This is one of those books you will fall in love with within moments and want to linger over. It... Continue Reading →

The Inkblots by Damion Searls

Damion Searls' The Inkblots is a history of the famous Rorschach inkblots, the test, and the man, Hermann Rorschach, who created them. I confess I fell in love with Hermann Rorschach. He was a polymath, skilled in science and art, full of life... Continue Reading →

The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe by Elaine Showalter

I have been eagerly waiting for The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe to work its way up the hold list at the library ever since I read a little paragraph promoting it. I was intrigued by the suggestion that her own life... Continue Reading →

Everybody Behaves Badly by Lesley M. M. Blume

Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story of Hemingway's Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises is a fascinating biography by Lesley M. M. Blume, though it is more the biography of Ernest Hemingway's book than merely a biography of Hemingway. In telling the story... Continue Reading →

A Fifty-Year Silence by Miranda Richmond Mouillot

A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France is an entrancing memoir written by Miranda Richmond Mouillot as she puzzles out the fifty-year estrangement between her grandparents, Anna and Armand. So entrancing, I started to read this book... Continue Reading →

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

I have a deep, abiding fascination for Antarctic and Arctic exploration, for those people who challenge the ice and persevere. In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides is an excellent... Continue Reading →

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