Page by Page: Book Reviews

Ship To It

Rose George drenches the reader in her ocean-wide chronicle of sea-faring commerce, past and present, but her book’s meandering passages warn you in advance to don a lifejacket.

Black Power Fantastic

Adilifu Nama’s book exploration of race among superheroes leaps over the comic history of how black characters entered the genre, but it can’t quite hold its own as a thorough study of the genre.

Beginner’s Pluck

Its professional definition of design may be outdated, but “GO: A Kidd’s Guide” succeeds in demonstrating a visual sensibility, while supplying basic vocabulary for novices.

St. Louis By Design

How Raymond Edward Maritz harkened back to English country houses and French chateaux to create an architectural style unique to St. Louis, and one that would spread across North America.

Master of the Pot

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan chart the wonderful, inventive life and career of George Ohr, the Mississippi man who made the world his pot.