I’m not familiar with Bill James’s “Harpur and Iles” series, and I’m usually not keen about series in general, let alone jumping in at the 29th installment. But Mundow, in this brief review, not only gives great respect to James’s characters, she says that one scene should be counted among the funniest in all of modern literature. That’s obviously hyperbole, but I’d settle for one of the funnier scenes in modern mysteries, which is a much lower bar. I’m in.
Alice Munro is the rare writer that will give you exactly what you expect, every time (specifically, she will give you very good short stories). This review of her latest collection is half career retrospective, and it’s a perfect place to start if you’re unfamiliar with her work.
This “history of how we cook and eat” sounds a contemplative book that carries some interesting insights. Wilson examines the evolution of cooking, from fuel sources to utensil choices, and Drzal says, “Wilson’s insouciant scholarship and companionable voice convince you she would be great fun to spend time with in the kitchen.”