Saturday Evening Book Reviews

Hector Tobar on Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.’s Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party: “The most important contribution of “Black Against Empire” is simply to treat the Black Panthers as the serious political and cultural force they were.” (LATimes)

Isabel Berwick on Tracey Thorn’s Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star: “…a nostalgia-fest for anyone who remembers that vanished age when people judged and were judged on the basis of the record collections visible on the shelves of rented flats.” (Financial Times)

Kathryn Hughes on Fanny and Stella: The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian England: “Purists and puritans may balk at the book, both its tone and its way of proceeding. But everyone else will have a ball.” (The Guardian)

Malcolm Forbes on Manuel Gonzales’ The Miniature Wife: “The stronger stories showcase Gonzales’ fecund imaginative abilities. There are true moments of Kafkaesque absurdity and Borgesian fantasy, but also hints that Gonzales is tracing that long line of Russian surrealists, from Gogol’s madcap antics to Ludmila Petrushevskaya’s bleak little fairy tales.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

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