In “Late for Tea at the Deer Palace,” Tamara Chalabi writes a colorful family history, a story inextricably tied to the recent tumult in Iraq.
“The Great White Bear,” by conservationist and environmental writer Kieran Mulvaney, delves into the lives of one of the poster species in the crusade against global warming.
At 7 p.m. on a Wednesday, the back of Kepler’s Books was packed. Most of the crowd was older – people who likely never had the good fortune to take a class with classics and history Prof. Ian Morris – but upon cracking his new book, “Why the West Rules – For Now,” one could see why they came.
“The Wrong Blood,” by Manuel de Lope, is the much-anticipated English translation of “La Sangre Ajena,” first published in 2000.
Embarking upon a cross-country tour promoting her memoir, Deborah Fallows spoke at the Stanford Bookstore on Wednesday evening to a modest but enthusiastic turnout.
While “Emma Darwin” is a great resource for historians, researchers and college students with papers due, it is not the sort of book that would appeal to a wider readership, regardless of how hard the authors seem to try.
“Under Heaven” is a master-work of epic proportions, which at once captures the essence of an entire people and society, and delves into the lives of the individuals who populate his story, from the crippled beggar on the street to the courtesan-turned-concubine whose servant he once was.
The writers don’t seem to realize that there is more to good parody than a string of jokes, however funny they might be.