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"Hungry man, reach for the book: It is a weapon."
Bertolt Brecht [1898-1956]                     



Someone once quipped that if you buy a book after having read a review written by a paid whore and end up disappointed, you should not be surprised: you got what you paid for. Books have become a commodity, much like a Diet Coke or a PDA. With ever-shorter shelf lives, books are ferociously marketed and reviewers are paid accordingly.

No worry, at Swans, reviewers are not financially compensated. They select books of their own choosing -- no assignment from the editor. Sometimes they pay for them; sometimes they receive a courtesy or preview copy; but they always write according to their own views and perspectives. From time to time we may add a book that has not been reviewed but that one of our regular contributors thinks is worth your time and money.

When you decide to buy one or more of these books, please do so from your local independent bookstore, not from the chains and megastores. You can't whine about Wal*Mart or Amazon, then turn around and shop with them! A link to Booksense is appended at the bottom of this page for your convenience.

Without further ado, welcome to Swans' Reading Room, where you'll find some of the books we have reviewed and recommend. For a list of all the reviews we have published as well as book excerpts, please visit our archives.



Non Fiction




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