Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky; A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead; and Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield Continue reading Recent reads & reviews
I’ve long been a geography junkie and map lover, so Simon Garfield’s On the Map seemed right up my alley. I figured I’d learn something new, but would it live up to the subtitle’s “mind-expanding” aspirations? Continue reading Can a book about maps really expand a geography junkie’s mind?
Who was Joseph Smith, really? This is the basic question Richard Lyman Bushman attempts to answer in Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, a “cultural biography” of the first president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The answer Mr. Bushman—a member of the Church* and an emeritus professor of history at Columbia University here in New York—gives is, in many respects, rather simple. … Continue reading American prophet
A review of Alice Sparberg Alexiou’s The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City that Arose with It. Continue reading A landmark and the man who built it