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Brief Book Reviews

by Stephen Kaye
Sat Mar 26th, 2016

H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald (the current Reid book club selection) is about the author’s using a hawk to come to terms with her grief.  Hawking is an unusual prescription for grief; it is not often suggested.  Her book will probably not create a stampede into hawking by the grief-stricken.  But there has been a stampede to purchase her book, which has been on the best-seller list since it came out in 2014.  It is now in paperback, and continues to sell briskly.

A book not likely to make the best seller list, The Gates of Europe, A History of Ukraine, by Serhii Plokhii is the subject of a long piece in the current New York Review of Books by Anne Applebaum.  Mr. Plokhii, a professor at Harvard, is the father of Olessia Plokhi, a former reporter and news editor of TMI.  He visited the Millbrook Book Fair in 2011 and drew a crowd to his discussion of the Yalta Conference, the subject of his book Yalta, The Price of Peace. Mr. Plokhii is Ukrainian and one of the few experts with academic credentials teaching Ukrainian history in the United States.