Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Amy Berger's "The Alzheimer's Antidote," in general an eye-opening look at all the latest research regarding Alzheimer's and how it might actually be preventable, but saddled with a holier-than-thou attitude that becomes literally dangerous when it comes to this non-doctor's most controversial conclusions. Posted on by Jason Pettus
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Kevin Kelly's "The Inevitable," a pleasingly big-picture look at the twelve biggest forces in human nature currently influencing technology, from this revered cyberpunk pioneer and "Wired" magazine co-founder. Posted on by Jason Pettus
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Mark Kurlansky's "Havana: A Subtropical Delirium," not quite a travel book, history book or memoir but rather a combination of them all, and a light and engaging introduction to this Caribbean city. Posted on by Jason Pettus
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews W. Scott Poole's In the Mountains of Madness, not just a newly revealing biography of horror author HP Lovecraft but perhaps the first-ever scholarly look at the fan community that has built up around him in the decades since his death. Posted on by Jason Pettus
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Nicholas Carr's Utopia is Creepy, supposedly an essay collection about how the internet is ruining our ability to think deeply, but in reality a reprint of hundreds of tiny blog posts that are guilty of the very thing the author is complaining about. Posted on by Jason Pettus
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Bronwen Riley's The Edge of the Empire a short and engaging history book about what it must've been like for the average person to travel from Italy to Great Britain during the height of the Roman Empire. Posted on by Jason Pettus
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus looks back at Roz Chast's 1994 memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a funny yet painful look at the trials and tribulations of caring for the elderly at the end of their lives. Posted on by Jason Pettus
Happy New Year! CCLaP is excited to announce that, a year after not accepting any new books for review, we have officially opened up our submissions again; but that has come with several big new changes to our acceptance policy, outlined in detail here in this particular blog post. Please have a look if you're thinking of sending us a book for review.
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Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Thomas Frank's Listen, Liberal, a half-smart, half-eye-rolling rant by the former founder of "The Baffler" over all the ways the Democratic Party has lost touch with its former power base of rural blue-collar workers.
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