Lower Fairfield County's online book club

Health care systems in other countries

While the health care debate looms as a major issue when Washington gets back from vacation, we’re planning to read a journalist’s look at health care systems in other countries after we get back from vacation. Start reading T.R. Reid’s The Healing of America with us after Labor Day. [Read More]

Memories of the late Frank McCourt, seven months after our interview

When I interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt back on Jan. 20, in anticipation of his talk at Purchase (N.Y.) College the following week, he sounded positively vibrant. His incisive remarks on the American education system, memoir writing and the inauguration of President Barack Obama bespoke a man who was still very much passionate about […] [Read More]

Toobin, O.J. and the New Yorker

A few months ago I attended a talk by Tina Brown, part of a magazine journalism lecture series at Columbia University, where she mostly talked about her newest venture, The Daily Beast. Brown is most famous for her stints as editor at Vanity Fair and the New Yorker, where she helped launch the careers of […] [Read More]

Looking forward to ‘The Art of Making Money’

I listened to The Leonard Lopate Show in my car on the way to grab lunch when I heard him mention that his guest was Jason Kersten, the author of “The Art of Making Money.” At first I was confused. That was the title of a really fantastic Rolling Stone article in 2005 about an […] [Read More]

Before A-Rod, RM

In order to get started on our book club choice, Roberts’s A-Rod biography, I had to finish the mammoth 1,160-page book that I had started in April, “The Power Broker” by Robert Moses. The book had been sitting in an accusatory spot on my bookshelf since I bought in 2004. I was supposed to read […] [Read More]

When writers digress

Liz and Dave, I’ve read through the prologue and first three chapters of “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez,” and so far my initial response is the most important: I’m done reading prologues. I always find them frustrating. In this one, I feel as though Selena Roberts is trying too hard to place herself […] [Read More]
Categories: General, Journalism

Sports for a non-sports person

Elizabeth and Dave, thanks for reading the book with me! I’ll think we’re in for a really interesting discussion. To answer your question, Elizabeth, I’m going to ‘fess up and admit that I actually am not a big sports fan. And by that I mean, I usually hate sports. I haven’t played any team sports […] [Read More]
Categories: Journalism, Sports

Oh, Selena!

Thanks, Monica and Dave, for inviting me to join the fray and kick start the book blog. Since you took me up on my suggestion to start off with Selena Robert’s book on Alex Rodriguez, I’m preparing to shoulder the blame should it somehow fail to be blog-worthy material. My hope was that, at the […] [Read More]
Categories: Fame, Journalism, Sports