Nonfiction Book Reviews

edited by Debbie Hagan



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Below you will find book reviews from our earlier 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

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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