book review http://kuvo.org en Review: Best American Essays 2013 http://kuvo.org/post/review-best-american-essays-2013 <p><em>The Best American Essays</em>, edited by Cheryl Strayed, is an anthology worth reading if you enjoy the strictly personal narrative.&nbsp; And, although the essays in the collection offer a wide breadth of writing approaches, there's a sameness to them that makes the 2013 collection less than rewarding.</p><p>The collection has a round up the usual suspects feel to it, as the essayists deal with the all-too-familiar and the all-too-ordinary.</p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:53:42 +0000 Robert Greer 6271 at http://kuvo.org Review: Best American Essays 2013 Guns, Germs, and Steel - still valid? http://kuvo.org/post/guns-germs-and-steel-still-valid <p>In this book review, Dr. Robert Greer reflects on the 1998 Pulitzer Prize non-fiction book Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.</p><p></p><p>Does it hold up? &nbsp;Are Diamond's late 20th century conclusions and forecasts enduring? &nbsp;Click on the "Listen" bar above to hear Dr. Greer's view.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:40:15 +0000 Robert Greer M.D. 5006 at http://kuvo.org Guns, Germs, and Steel - still valid? The Contralto and a Tremelo Guitar http://kuvo.org/post/contralto-and-tremelo-guitar <div><strong>Kot, Greg. I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway. Scribner: New York. 2014.</strong><br /> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:56:07 +0000 Peter Furlong 3827 at http://kuvo.org The Contralto and a Tremelo Guitar Dr. Greer's book review: Elmore Leonard's Westerns http://kuvo.org/post/dr-greers-book-review-elmore-leonards-westerns <p>The late Elmore Leonard was the real, honest-to-goodness deal, as versatile and as gifted a writer as the twentieth century ever saw. &nbsp;Leonard wrote westerns and mysteries, thrillers, and to top it off, &nbsp; &nbsp;high brow literary fiction, it seems, just to prove that a writer doesn't have to be shackled by academe.</p><p></p><p>Leonard's masterful short story anthology, &nbsp;(what other name could the collection possibly have), is as good a short story collection as one will find, and a short story devotee's dream.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:48:39 +0000 Robert Greer 3606 at http://kuvo.org Dr. Greer's book review: Elmore Leonard's Westerns Jonny King’s Primer On Jazz–Part I http://kuvo.org/post/jonny-king-s-primer-jazz-part-i <p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:47:52 +0000 Peter Furlong 1772 at http://kuvo.org Jonny King’s Primer On Jazz–Part I