Nonfiction Book Reviews

edited by Debbie Hagan



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Below you will find book reviews from our first twelve years of publication. Brevity has an updated design and has moved to a new server, so the latest issues and the newest book reviews can be found at

Debbie Hagan reviews Susan Kushner Resnick's Goodbye Wifes and Daughters

Steve Coughlin reviews Jay Varner’s Nothing Left to Burn

Richard Gilbert reviews Jim Minick's The Blueberry Years

Stephanie Susnjara reviews Annia Ciezadlo’s Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War

J. Luise Eberhardy reviews Ethan Gilsdorf's Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

J. Luise Eberhardy also interviews Jane Brox in this issue, discussing Brox's latest book, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light

Ira Sukrungruang reviews Jon Pineda's Sleep in Me

Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser reviews Sonya Huber's Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir

M.M. Wittle reviews Curtis Smith’s Witness

Debbie Hagan reviews Elyssa East’s Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town

Debbie Hagan reviews Sue William Silverman’s Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir

Deborah Thompson reviews Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

David Wanczyk reviews Ander Monson's Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir

M.M. Wittle reviews Stephen Markley’s Publish This Book: The Unbelievable Story of How I Wrote, Sold and Published This Very Book

Dinty W. Moore reviews Philip Graham's The Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon

Michelle Wittle reviews Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity

Kelly Ferguson reviews Quotidiana: Essays

Patty Wetli reviews Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession

J. Luise reviews Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife

Kelly Ferguson reviews Sonja Livingston's Ghostbread

Stephanie Susnjara reviews Susan Cheever’s Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction

Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser reviews Ann Hood’s Comfort: A Journey Through Grief

Karen Babine looks at Best American Essays 2009 (a special between-issues bonus review)

Stephanie Susnjara reviews at S. L. Wisenberg's The Adventures of Cancer Bitch

J. Luise reviews Emmanuel Guibert’s The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders

Dinty W. Moore reviews Brenda Miller's Blessing of the Animals

Review of Jay Griffiths’ Wild: An Elemental Journey by Jamie Barber

Review of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by J. Luise

Review of Patricia Klindienst’s The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans by Tracy Seeley

Review of Tricia Tunstall’s Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson by Julie Foster

Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel, reviewed by Mary Richert

Richard Todd's The Thing Itself: On the Search for Authenticity, reviewed by Richard Gilbert

Kim Sunée's Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home, reviewed by Stephanie Susnjara

Joey Franklin reviews Sonya Huber's Opa Nobody

Debbie Hagan reviews Lou Ureneck’s Backcast

Liz Stephens reviews Terese Svoboda's Black Glasses like Clark Kent

Bill Milligan reviews Robert Root's The Nonfictionist’s Guide: On Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction

Desirae Matherly's crossword puzzle review of Ander Monson's Neck Deep and Other Predicaments

Kelley Evans reviews Lia Purpura's On Looking

Todd Davis reviews Joe Mackall's Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish

Debbie Hagan reviews Kathryn Harrison's The Mother Knot

Dinty W. Moore reviews David Griffith's A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America

Amy Lee Scott reviews Deborah Tall's A Family of Strangers

Todd Davis reviews Debra Marquart's The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere

Lee Martin reviews Helen Fremont's After Long Silence

Patrick Madden reviews Eduardo Galeano's Voices of Time: A Life in Stories

Porter Shreve reviews Alison Bechdel's Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Kim Dana Kupperman reviews Temple Grandin's Animals in Translation


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