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Reviewed by Kevin T. McEneaney
Tue Apr 4th, 2017

The autobiography is thoroughly interesting and easy to read, devoid of the superficiality or narcissism that afflicts most autobiographies. This is the history of spirit whose journey through the artistic imagination is rooted in an international humanitarian ethic. Unlike Béla Bartók, the...

by John Nixon
Reviewed by Stephen Kaye
Tue Jan 24th, 2017

Do we need another book to add to the already extensive library devoted to the Iraq War?  This one adds first-hand testimony from a CIA analyst whose brief was Saddam Hussein, the principal target of a war that began in 2003 and may not yet be over some 14 years later.  


Book review
Reviewed by Kevin T. McEneaney
Fri Dec 2nd, 2016

Do you have a friend who enjoys satire? If you do, this short novel may be the perfect gift. The novel takes its cue from Lawrence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy (1767 ). Although not as obscure as Sterne’s book, American readers might be a little challenged to identify some of the...

Translated from the Italian by John Cullen
Reviewed by Stephen Kaye
Mon Nov 14th, 2016

One of Italy’s hottest female novelists tells a moving tale on a simple plot line; it nevertheless holds the reader through pages of detail that can be tiresome and easily skipped over.  She uses the devise of interior monologue which is told to the first person’s daughter.  The teller...