Monday May 10th, 2010

The Beat

A weekly roundup of noteworthy reviews from other sources.

aaronDwight Garner reviews the first “proper full-dress biography” of a baseball great: “[Aaron’s] is a great American life, and Howard Bryant’s Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron rises confidently to meet it.” . . . Adam Phillips, always worth reading, considers Gary Greenberg’s book about depression and the ways we address it. . . . Michael Dirda calls Miguel Syjuco’s debut novel, Ilustrado, set in Manila and New York, “wildly entertaining . . . absolutely assured in its tone, literary sophistication and satirical humor.” . . . Mark Lilla reads five new books and analyzes the Tea Party moment (“Anarchistic like the Sixties, selfish like the Eighties, contradicting neither, it is estranged, aimless, and as juvenile as our new century.”) . . . Film historian and critic David Thomson reviews a new book about the creation of DreamWorks. (“The problem is that the business has now become as boring as the pictures—and LaPorte is banging her head against this brutal fact.”) . . . The Economist recommends two new studies of E. M. Forster. . . . Andrew O’Hagan’s new novel, out in the U.S. later this year, is told from the perspective of Marilyn Monroe’s dog. John Banville calls the result “a subtle, funny and moving study of America on the eve of one of its periods of greatest crisis.”