For something more staid, FDR’S SHADOW: Louis Howe, the Force that Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by Julie M. Fenster is reviewed in the Boston Globe, and THE TWILIGHT YEARS: The Paradox of Britain Between the Wars by Richard Overy is reviewed in the New York Times.
The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement, by Miriam Pawel, and Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, by Linda Gordon make the San Francisco Chronicle's list of 100 best books for 2009.
SWEET THUNDER: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson by Wil Haygood is taken up in the New York Times. Also reviewed are two Beatles books: JOHN LENNON: The Life by Philip Norman and PAUL McCARTNEY: A Life by Peter Ames Carlin.
Finally, if you are in need of a "12-step program to eliminate destructive electronic habits," check out the Boston Globe review of THE TYRANNY OF E-MAIL: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox by John Freeman.