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.
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.
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.
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.