Reiss, Tom

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Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons

A breezy firsthand account sure to please casual Simpsons fans.

The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life

Well written, fascinating, and a gem for those who stick around for the entire work. Because of the popularity of The Black Count, this book will have no problem finding an audience. Consider pairing it with Naomi Duguid's Taste of Persia narrative cookbook or similar titles to give readers a real flavor to complement their literary travel.

Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World

For those interested in better understanding some of the developments that led to our contemporary notion of sleep, Reiss' effort offers a solid starting point. However, the topic is too ambitious and sprawling to be fully covered in this concise work.

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

While Reiss occasionally strays from the central narrative with an abundance of tangential detail regarding the French Revolution, this accessible read is recommended for fans of popular narrative nonfiction as well as for both casual and serious students of French history, and of the younger Dumas’s work.

Lost New York

A good choice for enthusiasts of northeastern or urban architecture and for fond collectors of public memories.

The Dolphin in the Mirror

Reiss is a leading dolphin expert and advocate for improved treatment of creatures she sees as among the smartest on the planet...

Every War Has Two Losers

Poet and antiwar activist William Stafford (1914–93), a registered conscientious objector during World War II, created a wide body of both prose and poetic work that focused on warfare's horrific toll...

The Intimacy of Death and Dying

Both of these books are excellent. The Intimacy of Death and Dying is probably better for those nearer the end of life's journey.

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