With its colorful cast of characters and backstage dramas, Game Change (Harper, $27.99) was making headlines even as it was fleshing out the stories of the 2008 presidential election. Written by John Heilemann, currently a national political correspondent for New York magazine, and Mark Halperin, editor-at-large for Time magazine, this chronicle of the Edwardses, the Clintons, Sarah Palin, John McCain, their advisors, supporters, and detractors, is a lively mix of politics and personalities, as well as a vivid picture of campaign strategy in action.

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ISBN: 9780061733642
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 26th, 2010

Jules Feiffer, the great and original cartoonist, playwright, and children’s-book writer has written an aw-shucks memoir with Backing Into Forward (Nan A. Talese, $30). I am only a few years younger than Mr. Feiffer and the times he writes about are my times. I found the memoir incredibly evocative, from the amazingly puritanical relationships between young men and women in the ’50s, to the emerging counter-culture of the ’60s. Of course, many of Jules Feiffer’s finest cartoons illustrate the memories. Feiffer invented his own comedic process, which evolved from his way of viewing the world and his sensitivity to his own neurosis. He turned his army years and the scary Joseph McCarthy period into satire. He apprenticed with Will Eisner. He came of age as the Village Voice was beginning and became intimately identified with the fledgling alternative paper. He worked on a number of projects with Mike Nichols, including the iconic movie Carnal Knowledge. He knew everybody working in comedy and comics. This is a happy memoir from a man who has accomplished what he wanted to do with his life and had great fun doing it.

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ISBN: 9780226240350
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 10th, 2012

I’m a new member of the Christopher Hitchens fan club, a club I joined because I love  his complicated but thoroughly enjoyable new memoir, Hitch 22 (Twelve, $26.99). A bon vivant whose polemics have often masked a deeply-felt and intensely thoughtful personal life, Hitchens is uncharacteristically reflective as he approaches 60. He was born into a family that functioned best in the company of guests or pets, and he was badly scarred by a mother who committed suicide.  But, not surprisingly, the most interesting sections of this memoir revolve around the life of the mind; here’s Hitchens as a passionate young socialist who gave up any idea or plan for a “radiant future” to become the enemy of “absolute certainty.” That’s his Hitch-22--the need “to combat the absolutists and the relativists at the same time: to maintain that there is no totalitarian solution while also insisting that, yes, we on our side have unalterable convictions.”

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ISBN: 9780446540346
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Published: Twelve - June 3rd, 2011

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