"You've probably seen the movie. The book, as always, is better. Krakauer's account of the life and times of Christopher McCandless is a real page-tuner that raises as many new questions as it answers."
"Jim Harrison is my favorite writer, and in this collection of essays drawn from various sources he chronicles his life-long passion for all things food and wine. An adventure story of a different sort, true, but one to which any aficionado of fine cuisine had in interesting places can relate."
"Practically a tableside account of the 1972 Bobby Fischer-Boris Spassky world championship match in Iceland, and, through it, a brilliant way of exploring both the political and intellectual landscape of the Cold War and a way of shedding at least some light on Fischer's troubling neuroses."
"Fatsis, a sports writer by trade, turns his attention to my family's favorite game - Scrabble. And in so doing takes the reader on a journey through the halls where competitive Scrabble is played and into the quirky minds of some of America's most talented players. Fatsis himself becomes something of an expert along the way."
"Denby's book is more of an intellectual adventure -- returning to college to re-experience the great books curriculum at Columbia. As you would expect, he gets quite a bit more out of it the second time around."
"One of the best one-volume collections of short essays on the sporting life that you're likely to find. Essays on saltwater angling in Florida, motorcycles in California, and horses in Montana -- all written by one of the really great wordsmiths in American literature."