[In this feature, we highlight a handful of the best book reviews appearing over the weekend in major newspapers. Follow it here.]
I went snowboarding last weekend and managed to break my wrist. Until I get/master a dictation program, my posts are going to be a bit short, especially this one and the upcoming January Book Radar. This typing with one hand business is for the birds.
When a writer repeatedly dips back into the same subject matter over the course of several books, it’s either a sign of obsession or a lack of imagination. Haigh, a coal miner’s daughter, “is drawn back to coal country over and over again.” Luckily, this has all the markings of a deep obsession, which is, I believe, where great writing comes from (with the possible exception of James Cameron and the Titanic).