Dec 23, 2009 — Many of the picks from Fresh Air's book critic look back at tough times from earlier eras, or lives upended by disaster. The best books of the year include a work of nonfiction that reveals the hidden fantasy land of a founder of American industry, and a novel that doesn't apologize for the bad behavior of its characters. Plus, a bonus mystery pick.
Sep 22, 2009 — Literary critic Morris Dickstein's new book, Dancing in the Dark gives a bright (and thorough!) look at the Great Depression via the art that illuminated a dark era.
Sep 22, 2009 — Morris Dickstein's dazzling new cultural history of the Great Depression, called Dancing in the Dark, is one of those "everything but the kitchen sink" kind of books — that really works.