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The Star and the Scepter: A Diplomatic History of Israel

Praise from the Jerusalem Report:

“As a history, The Star and the Scepter delivers a matter-of-fact account of Jewry’s international relations; it concerns itself with praxis, not theory (and therefore a theoretical treatise remains a major desideratum).”

Forbidden Memory: Tibet during the Cultural Revolution

Praise from the New Yorker:

“Such pictures, and others, in Forbidden Memory (Potomac), by the Tibetan activist and poet Tsering Woeser, show that even Tibet, the far-flung region that China had occupied since 1950, did not escape the turmoil. “

1962: Baseball and America in the Time of JFK

Praise from Sports Media Report:

“Krell takes readers through the year in 12 chapters, each loosely representing January through December but more clearly taking a topic relevant to the year and digging in. It’s not a review of the baseball season as much as a recalling of the time in politics, and, more, in popular culture.”

Disparates: Essays

Praise from Tupelo Quarterly:

“The message is playful, but clear: enjoy and don’t take any of this—or yourself—too seriously. This book celebrates the essay in the classic sense, then goes farther.”

Escape from Castro’s Cuba: A Novel

Praise from The Sisterhood of Books Blog:

Escape from Castro’s Cuba is completely engrossing with the great character development and well-done action scenes that I’ve come to expect from Tim Wendel. As was the case in Castro’s Curveball, Cuba and its past are painted with as much depth as any of the people in the book, and Billy Bryan’s love for the island is as evident as his sadness over what it has become.”

To Hell With It: Of Sin and Sex, Chicken Wings, and Dante’s Entirely Ridiculous, Needlessly Guilt-Inducing Inferno

Praise from Kirkus Reviews:

“Fans of the formally innovative comic essayist Moore learned of his falling-out with the faith of his childhood via his 1997 spiritual memoir The Accidental Buddhist. Now, however, it turns out he’s still working on freeing himself from the far-reaching aftereffects of Catholic school, inviting readers to join him in sloughing off the “massive emotional backpacks of needless guilt that have been strapped onto our tender psyches by organized religion and the pretzel-logic of medieval theology.”

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