GREG RYAN is a writer and reporter who lives in Fort Greene.
It takes all of three sentences of Richard Russos new memoir, Elsewhere, for the Pulitzer Prize winner to confirm what even his most casual reader must suspect: This is a man who grew up among the shuttered factories and potholed souls that make up his fiction.
Michael Paternitis The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the Worlds Greatest Piece of Cheese is a story about the importance of stories. The title promises action, a plotperhaps a romance, an affair, a retaliatory act of violence or sabotage, all inspired, strangely, by a particularly delicious piece of dairy food. But there is little action, at least in the present tense.
If youve heard of Erwin Schrödinger, and your knowledge of physics is limited to a dimly remembered high school class, its probably because of his hypothetical cat.
In The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin tackles Teddy through his relationships with Taft, his trusty-aide-turned-successor-turned-political-rival, and the muckraking reporters who exposed civil and corporate corruption and helped him push through reform.