... tip the hat to blogs. At least of couple of them do.
While I was on vacation I read Michael Allen's Grumpy Old Bookman and loved it - started it shortly after getting up and finished a couple of hours later, enjoying many a hearty laugh in between: British 'bookman' is one funny blogger.
Katie Haegele, meanwhile, was delighted with Far From the Madding Gerund, by the Language Log's Mark Liberman and Geoffrey K. Pullum: With wit, style, linguists compile words on words.
Marietta Dunn discovers a satisfying new crime partnership in Alicia Giménez-Bartlett's Dog Day: Partners' relationship spices up a mystery.
Karen Heller chats with Nora Ephron: Nora Ephron's body of work.
Sandy Bauers gets and earful about Charles Darwin: The intriguing Charles Darwin, the man behind the theory .
Last week, Carlin Romano heaped praise on Steven Conn's Metropolitan Philadelphia: Living With the Presence of the Past: Beyond a clunky title is a lively, endearing look at Philadelphia and also pondered Tom Schachtman's Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish: Amish gone wild? It's teens sowing oats to test their faith.
Martha Woodall doesn't think Kit Reed's The Baby Merchant quite comes off: A trafficker in babies, cold and aloof - as is this tale.
Tanya Barrientos was disappointed in Laura Esquivel's Malinche: Invented story of a real woman, Cortés' translator and mistress .
David Hiltbrand thought Michael J. Diamondstein's Cloaked in Doubt showed much promise: Did the mayor do it? Philly prosecutor hunts girlfriend's killer.
And Karen Heller found Kate Muir's Left Bank delectable: Fictionalizing a famous Parisian couple .