Category: Nonfiction

Walls by David Frye 0

Walls by David Frye

★★★★☆ In Walls: a History of Civilization in Blood and Brick, David Frye has written an encompassing and enlightening review of walls through the centuries, ranging from 2000 B.C. to the present. A “Selected Timeline”...

No Good Alternative by William T. Vollmann 0

No Good Alternative by William T. Vollmann

★★★★★ No Good Alternative is the second half of William T. Vollmann’s Carbon Ideologies, a sprawling two-volume presentation on the world’s energy consumption and its resultant environmental dangers. Together, the two parts of Carbon...

Penguin, 2018. 0

Not Quite Not White by Sharmila Sen

★★★☆☆ Sharmila Sen’s Not Quite Not White is articulate and engaging, so it’s all the more unfortunate that it fails to draw meaningful, practical conclusions about America’s imperfections. In this memoir/manifesto of a first-generation...

Milk! by Mark Kurlansky 0

Milk! by Mark Kurlansky

★★★★☆ Mark Kurlansky writes that milk is a “10,000-year-old controversy. When you think about it, it was a pretty weird thing to begin with, the idea that we could replace mothers with secretions from...