No Greater Love, by John A. Siegfried and Kevin Ferris
The story of Philly’s only Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War
A new biography traces the family and neighborhood life and military service of West Oak Lane native Michael Crescenz, who saved many lives during his service in Vietnam at age 19. Andrea Smith reviews.
Reviews 3 minute read
Exploring the nature of Philly with Mike Weilbacher’s Wild Philly
Coyotes, falcons, and beavers—oh my!
Mike Weilbacher details the amazing nature in and around the city in Wild Philly. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer previews.
Previews 2 minute read
Fashion Brand Stories, by Joseph H. Hancock II
Great branding = quality + mythology
Drexel professor and fashion journal editor Joseph H. Hancock II’s Fashion Brand Stories was originally written for students of the industry, but with its third edition, the book proves of much wider interest. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
Straight Shooter: A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes, by Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith speaks
Longtime Philly sports columnist Stephen A. Smith went from The Inquirer to the airwaves of ESPN, and his new memoir details a fascinating life. Stephen Silver reviews.
Reforming Philadelphia, 1682-2022, by Richardson Dilworth
The three hundred years’ war
What makes city reform possible, and how did we achieve it in the past? A new book on the history of Philly’s political reforms explains, and argues, we’re on the cusp of another cycle of change. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
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Dancing with History: A Life for Peace and Justice, by George Lakey
The right side of history
Lifelong Philly-area activist George Lakey takes us from his working-class Pennsylvania childhood to his career as a leading practitioner, theoretician, and teacher of nonviolent social-change activism. David W. Webber reviews.
The Book of I.P., by Chris Courtney Martin
Poetry against the machine
In The Book of I.P., a poetry-and-essay chapbook collection, Philly native Chris Courtney Martin breaks from the strictures of Hollywood to craft a blazing manifesto of art on its own terms. Kiran Pandey reviews.
The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen, by Isaac Blum
An Orthodox teen in a wider world
Philly author Isaac Blum’s debut YA novel, The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen, follows an Orthodox Jewish teen in a new town for a fully up-to-the minute story of conviction and contradiction. Anndee Hochman reviews.
A Girlhood: Letter to My Transgender Daughter by Carolyn Hays
The ferocity and joy of parenting
A Girlhood: Letter to My Transgender Daughter, a tender, inquisitive, humble, and heartbreaking new book about raising a trans kid, gets it right—in memoir and in parenting. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Capturing the magic of the real world with Stephanie Feldman and Saturnalia
Casting spells with a witchy woman
Feldman's new speculative novel is a haunting, magical glimpse into the very near future. Michelle Nugent profiles.
Profiles 3 minute read