lisa ryers

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Do You Know Where Your Food Has Been?
By Lisa Ryers (May 09, 2006)
[b]The Omnivore’s Dilemma[/b] is one of those books that you thumb through at the bookstore hesitantly, wondering if once you start reading, you won’t be able to look at your food the same way again. This is a reasonable concern. Food is both nutrition and pleasure. After reading the book, you will be able to look at your food, but you will probably start asking it questions such as, “Have you been lying to me?” So this book might do the most damage to your sociological well being above all else. More »
Making the Siamese Twin Life Lush and Plush
By Lisa Ryers (Apr 12, 2006)
Six years ago the Polish brothers (Michael and Mark) brought us the film [b]Twin Falls Idaho[/b], the story of attractive Siamese twins, one dying, who hire a prostitute as a birthday present to themselves.(Or is it only for one of them? When she kisses one, is the other really asleep?) During the film, I wondered what the story might be like from a female POV. Would female Siamese twins hire a gigolo? I don't know whether novelist Lori Lansens has seen the film, but she certainly had the same thought. More »
The Tales Behind Who Lives Where and Why
By Lisa Ryers (Mar 23, 2006)
It takes a special kind of person to enable someone to feel comfortable enough to answer a question like: "How long have you had the top of an Algerian tent tied to a sprinkler pipe in the middle of your loft?" Toni Schlesinger is that person. Schlesinger, a [b]Village Voice[/b] columnist since 1997, has compiled an anthology of her best "Shelter" columns. More »
The Book of Human Folly
By Lisa Ryers (Feb 17, 2006)
In his twelfth novel, Paul Auster tackles familiar terrain both psychologically and topographically: the lonely man starting over in New York City. In this episode, our introvert is Nathan Glass, a man who must confront his alienation through a project, in this case, something he calls "The Book of Human Folly". In this opus, he plans to record the errors, or follies of his life. Time is nigh for Nathan, he has retired from his job as an insurance agent, he is divorced, his daughter still hates him for his adulterous indiscretions during his marriage to her mother and he h More »
Answering the Question of "What If?"
By Lisa Ryers (Jan 03, 2006)
If the aim of fiction is to start with the question of "what if" and run with it, this second installment of politically inspired fiction, [b]Stumbling and Raging[/b], certainly puts the phrase to task. The book is subdivided into five organizational principles: the politics of children, culture, desire, fear, and war. Under these umbrellas you will find questions such as [i]what if[/i] you were one of the grammar school students sitting in a Florida classroom on September 11th while President Bush read you the story "The Pet Goat"? More »
An Unparalleled Celebration of a Dying Breed: the Luxury Hotel
By Lisa Ryers (Dec 21, 2006)
In 1921 Leonard Shultze left the New York architectural firm of Warren and Wetmore, a firm for which he had been employed for twenty years, and teamed with S. Fullerton Weaver, a real estate developer and engineer, to create a new architectural firm. This new duo became one of the most successful partnerships in the post-war era because they had mastered the design of what was then the seventh largest industry in the country: the luxury hotel. More »
Behind the Scenes of One of America's Biggest Natural Disastersl
By Lisa Ryers (Nov 13, 2005)
The countdown begins. In about four months, the city will be awash in PR beckoning out-of-towners to come "celebrate" the centennial anniversary of the notorious 6.9 magnitude quake which killed a reported 63 people, injured thousands, and destroyed 490 city blocks. The question is, when a curious tourist shambles up to you, will you be ready to field the questions? Lucky for us, Simon Winchester's new book is a great read for geologist/non-geologist and Left or Right Coaster alike. The book is part armchair travel, part history primer, part geologic survey, and part polemic. More »
Taking over the World
By Lisa Ryers (Oct 11, 2005)
On November 13th, Robert Greenwald's film [i]The High Cost of Low Price[/i] will premiere in wide release on 3000 screens. This film about Wal-Mart's beleaguering effect on communities has been seducing people via the Internet to act as "field producers" and organize screenings and parties based on the film's intent. More »
A Challenging Mystery
By Lisa Ryers (Sep 14, 2005)
One has to admire Guillermo Martinez for publishing his book, [i]The Oxford Murders[/i], in a time when the public will no doubt make comparisons to other titles. In this tale, a young Argentinean mathematician earns a fellowship to Oxford. During his first weeks there, he meets a few luminaries in his field, makes out with his tennis partner, and unluckily happens upon the dead body of his landlady. I can see the dialogue between the book clerk who has to describe this book to prospective customers. More »
Developing Your Inner Wildman
By Lisa Ryers (Jul 19, 2005)
For librarians and bookstore staffers who have a hard time categorizing books, the Library of Congress provides help. Adrienne Brodeur's new novel, [i]Man Camp[/i], is filed thusly: number one: "Self-actualization (psychology)." The second is "Man-Woman relationships-fiction." The third is "New York-fiction." In this realm, she shares a place with other female novelists who, coincidentally or not, offer plugs for her book: "Sex and the City"'s Candace Bushnell and "chick lit" novelist Melissa Bank. More »
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