Two new book reviews

9780805092295_300X300I’ve recently returned to something I’ve always enjoyed but haven’t done for awhile: reviewing books. In February I reviewed Detroit City is the Place to Be, by Mark Binelli, for the Brooklyn Rail. You can read the quite positive review here:

In February I also reviewed The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis, this time for Truthdig. It’s another book with a Detroit connection, as Parks left Montgomery for Detroit soon after the end of the boycott. The opening paragraph of my veiw, along with a link to the entire piece, is below:

9780807050477-1ROSA PARKS: A LIFE (Truthdig, February 27, 2013)

In 1960, Jet magazine sent a correspondent to interview Rosa Parks. Five short years had passed since Parks had famously refused to move to the back of the bus, with her arrest triggering a series of events—the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the elevation of Martin Luther King Jr. to the national stage—that would radically reshape the 20th century. But when the Jet reporter caught up with Parks she was living in Detroit, described as a “tattered rag of her former self—penniless, debt-ridden, ailing with stomach ulcers and a throat tumor, compressed into two rooms with her husband and mother.”

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