Book Openers

As a little kid I always had my nose in a book. And now that I'm thoroughly grown up, I still do. Below you'll find author profiles (lots of memoirists) as well as mini – and not-so-mini – book reviews.

Book Openers: Jon Krakauer — A Macho Writer Who Hooks Me in Every Time

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I really don't want to read about a bunch of macho guys trying to scale Mt. Everest and cluttering up the place with their … [Read more...]

Book Openers: I Still Haven’t Figured Out How to Pray — But I’m in Good Company

By Barbara Falconer Newhall "I am a failure at prayer," author Barbara Brown Taylor confesses in her new book, An Altar in the World: A Geography of … [Read more...]

Book Openers: Gary Laderman — Holy Super Bowl, Holy Bambi, Holy Michael Jackson

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Author Gary Laderman sees Holy everywhere in America. That is, he sees Americans practicing "religion" all over the place - … [Read more...]

Book Openers: Barack Obama — How He Got So Smart

By Barbara Falconer Newhall If you haven't yet read President Barack Obama's memoir, Dreams from My Father, don't miss it. It explains, I think, how … [Read more...]

What’s Rhetoric? Let My Two-Year-Old Enlighten You

By Barbara Falconer Newhall What's rhetoric? I've always thought of it as the high-flown, idealistic and/or manipulative language of politics.  But … [Read more...]