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  Steven E. Alford is a professor of Humanities at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida


The links below connect to my reviews of these books. They have been variously published in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, The Houston Chronicle, Motorcycle Consumer News, Escape Magazine, etc. Please note that these reviews are property of the author, and any duplication or other use of them requires the author's permission.

Blake by Peter Ackroyd
The Life of Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd
The Bounty by Caroline Alexander
The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 by Martin Amis
Blessed is the Fruit by Robert Antoni
The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
Hand to Mouth by Paul Auster
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Timbuktu by Paul Auster
Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster
The Angel on the Roof : Stories of Russell Banks by Russell Banks
Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirstin Bakis
Super-Cannes by J. G. Ballard
Cross Channel: Stories by Julian Barnes
Love, etc. by Julian Barnes
Setting the Desert on Fire by James Barr
Silent Stars by Jeanine Basinger
The Cigar Companion by Anwer Bati
In the Night Season by Richard Bausch
King by John Berger
Riding With Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books by Ted Bishop
Ava’s Man by Rick Bragg
Fan-Tan by Marlon Brando and Donald Cammell
Fay by Larry Brown
Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley
John Henry Faulk by Michael Burton
Ghosts of Tsavo by Philip Caputo
The Half-Life of Happiness by John Casey
Friedrich Nietzsche by Curtis Cate
Cities of Words: Pedagogical Letters on a Register of the Moral Life by Stanley Cavell
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
The Far-Farers by Victoria Clark
The Scorpion’s Gate by Richard A. Clarke
The Devil Never Sleeps and Other Essays by Andrei Codrescu
Significant Others by Chadwick & Courtivron, eds.
Rising Sun by Michael Crichton

A Father's Story by Lionel Dahmer
Jean-Jacques Rousseau by Leo Damrosch
Omni's Best Volume One by Ellen Datlow, ed.
Don't Know Much About Geography by Kenneth Davis
Underworld by Don DeLillo

Falling Man by Don Delillo
Cabal by Michael Dibdin
Cosi Fan Tutti by Michael Dibdin
The Church of Dead Girls by Stephen Dobyns
Rory and Ida by Roddy Doyle
Monster by John Gregory Dunne
Wittgenstein’s Poker by David Edmonds and John Eidinow
Hollywood Animal by Joe Eszterhas
Engleby by Sebastian Faulks
Love in the Days of Rage by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Senseless by Stona Fitch
Casanova by Linda Flem
Why Not Me? by Al Franken
Sam Spiegel by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni
The Closing of the Western Mind by Charles Freeman
Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America by Robert I.     Friedman
Blood of Victory by Alan Furst
Red Gold by Alan Furst
Kingdom of Shadows by Alan Furst
Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst
The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst
Democracy and the News by Herbert Gans
Riding Man by Mark Gardiner
All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
Running Through the Tall Grass by Thomas Givon
Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa by Peter Godwin
Symphony by Charles Grant
The Road to Home by Vartan Gregorian
Critique of Criminal Reason by Michael Gregorio
Around the Bloc by Stephanie Griest
The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith
Isaac Bashevis Singer: A Life by Janet Hadda
Bats Out of Hell by Barry Hannah

Sin by Josephine Hart
Iguana Love by Vicki Hendricks
Odd Corners by William Hjorstberg


The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq
Dead Sleep by Greg Iles
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kraven Images by Alan Isler
A Very Long Engagement by Sébastien Japrisot
The Weather in Berlin by Ward Just
Warrior Politics  by Robert D. Kaplan
Travels With Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuscnski
Lines of Fate by Mark Kharitonov
Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King

Andy Warhol by Wayne Koestenbaum
The Sabbathday River by Jean Hanff Korelitz
In Search of Zarathustra by Paul Kriwaczek
Absolute Friends by John LeCarre
Single & Single by John LeCarre
The Constant Gardner by John Le Carré
The Mission Song by John Le Carre
The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt
Sail Away: Stories of Escaping to the Sea by Lena Lenček and Gideon     Bosker, eds.
As She Called Across the Table by Jonathan Lethem
The Handmaid of Desire by John L'Heureux
Full Court Press by Mike Lupica
A Grand Complication  by Allen Kurzweil
Cuba Libre by Elmore Leonard
Paradise News by David Lodge
Thinks . . . by David Lodge
The Barbarians are Coming by David Wong Louie
The Man Who Would be King by Ben Macintyre
The Ornament of the World by María Rosa Menocal
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
Bleeding London by Geoff Nicholson
Pomona Queen by Kem Nunn
No Heroes by Chris Offutt

No Mercy by Redmond O'Hanlon
White Savage: William Johnson and the Invention of America by Finlan     O'Toole
Infinite Desire: A Guide to Modern Guilt by Paul Oppenheimer
Biker by Bill Osgerby
The Life of Insects by Victor Pelevin
Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes by John Pierson
I Bought Andy Warhol by Richard Polsky
Motown: Money, Power, Sex & Music by Gerald Posner
The Little Book of Plagiarism by Richard Posner
By the Wayside by Jeff Putnam
Taking Lives by Michael Pye
Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
The Blue Suit by Richard Rayner
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
The Fire of His Genius: Robert Fulton by Kirkpatrick Sale
Why Do People Hate America? by Ziauddin Sardar & Merryl Wyn Davies
Forbidden Knowledge by Roger Shattuck
The Pleasure Police by David Shaw

The Life of Graham Greene, Volume III: 1955-1991 by Norman Sherry
Dogland by Will Shetterly
The Borderland by Edwin Shrake

Genuine Reality: A Life of William James by Linda Simon
Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning by David
     J. Skal and Elias Savada
Jerzy Kosinski by James Park Sloan
The Fly-Truffler by Gustaf Sobin
All About "All About Eve" by Sam Staggs
The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess     Playing Machine by Tom Standage
Bay of Souls by Robert Stone
Sir Vidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents by Paul Theroux
The Best American Travel Writing 2001 by Paul Theroux, ed.
Nichole Kidman by David Thompson
Light This Candle  by Neal Thompson
The Return of the Player by Michael Tolkin
The Colour by Rose Tremain
Heart of War by Lucian K. Truscott IV
The Call of the Mall by Paco Underhill
Life's Little Annoyances by Paco Urbina
Point to Point Navigation by Gore Vidal
One Giant Leap by Leon Wagener
Ray in Reverse by Daniel Wallace
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
Oblivion by David Foster Wallace
The Golden Girls of MGM by Jane Ellen Wayne
Hunk City by James Wilcox
Ahmed's Revenge by John Wiley

Million Dollar Mermaid by Esther Williams
The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad by     Fareed Zakaria