Book reviews

The Heroines by Eileen Favorite

The Heroines

Anyone interested in novels that like to mess with classic literature should pick up The Heroines by Eileen Favorite.

This fanciful debut novel is full of literary humor poked liberally at the dramatic, tragic, soap-operatic heroines of the classics.

Berlin Diary by William L. Shirer

Berlin Diary: the Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941

William Shirer opened the foreword to his published diary as follows: "Most diaries…are written with no thought of publication… They are personal, intimate, confidential, a part of oneself that is better hidden from the crass outside world. This journal makes no pretense to being of that kind."

Tower by Nigel Jones

Tower by Nigel Jones

It has stood as a landmark for over nine hundred years. It has held infamous prisoners and royalty. Millions flock to it every year. The Tower of London has served many functions during its long life.

Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski

Objects Of My Affection by Jill Smolinski

What happens when you combine a professional organizer with a messy personal life, an eccentric artist who considers hoarding a full-time job, and a huge secret that one of them is trying to keep from the other? You get Jill Smolinski’s newest novel, Objects of My Affection.

Words in Air: the Complete Correspondence of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, ed. Thomas Travisano and Saskia Hamilton

Words in Air

In his poem, "To Sir Henry Wotton," John Donne observes: "Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls, For thus, friends absent speak. This ease controls The tediousness of my life; but for these I could ideate nothing which could please…" This is a sentiment Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell would heartily endorse.

Kansas City Public Library Beta