Page by Page: Book Reviews

Django Done Right

Despite moments of tone-deafness, the graphic novel treatment of Django animates the ethical puzzle of Tarantino’s film with static vigor, and color to spare.

Tales From TV Queendom

“Abnormally Normal” is the leading label of Melissa Joan Hart’s new autobiography, but it’s mostly normally abnormal in ways we’ve come to expect from Hollywood starlets.

Raised in Vigilance

Watch Everything explores the career and times of U.S. District Judge Charles A. Shaw as one of three brothers growing up in racially-charged St. Louis, when personal tenacity and collective caution where a way of life.

Taking Liberty

You may think you know the story behind Auguste Bartholdi’s creation of the Statue of Liberty, but you don’t know the whole story until you read Elizabeth Mitchell’s Liberty’s Torch.

Nazis in Therapy

Crimes against humanity get their own diagnosis in Jack El-Hai’s The Nazi and The Psychiatrist, a unique tour through both WWII and the history of mental health.

Rigor vs. Rigor Mortis

In The Smartest Kids In The World: And How They Got That Way, Amanda Ripley is that rare scribe deft enough to move from personal anecdote, to policy, case study, and back again.

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Its professional definition of design may be outdated, but “GO: A Kidd’s Guide” succeeds in demonstrating a visual sensibility, while supplying basic vocabulary for novices.