Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
American history is anything but a stodgy affair; it’s exciting,
tragic, suspenseful, and horrifying. Probably even more surprising is that it
can make you laugh—if you have the right teacher, that is. And Sarah Vowell,
author of the new LAFAYETTE IN THE SOMEWHAT UNITED STATES and former editor
of “This American Life,” is a great teacher. Her previous book, ASSASSINATION
VACATION, is the perfect example of how history, especially when it is not
about the victors, is fascinating, funny, and heartbreaking. READ