Thursday Evening Book Reviews

Rob Brunner awards Hilary Mantel’s newest – Bring Up the Bodies - an A, taking particular pleasure in “watching Mantel build, with remarkable skill and emotional sensitivity, toward the inevitable” in the story of Henry Tudor and Anne Boleyn. (

John Charles reviews a quartet of new romance novels. (Chicago Tribune)

H.W. Brand, who “reconsiders an American villain” in his new biography The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr, takes a look at 4 other books on “misunderstood lives.” (The Daily Beast)

Kevin G. Keane says that, in White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You, economist Simon Johnson and lawyer James Kwak “point out the absurdities of a budget debate dominated by partisan exaggerations and warnings of pending doom.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

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