RaveThe Minneapolis Star Tribune\"...an uncompromising search for the truth and a stirring testament to the healing power of writing ... Ranger Games is a book that rewards a reader’s patience. The book isn’t straightforward reportage, but rather a chronicle of Ben Blum’s search for the truth behind his cousin’s baffling fall from grace. As such, the shifting chronology and contradictory stories about the robbery are sometimes hard to follow. As the book builds to its powerful conclusion, however, it becomes evident that this apparent confusion is a conscious strategy on the writer’s part, taking the reader along on the writer’s own obsessive hunt for the truth, which is buried in the multiple versions of the story concocted by the robbery’s participants, their families, the news media and the law. As such, Ranger Games is a rich and demanding exploration of the perils and rewards of truth seeking: It will repay successive readings with insight into the intricacies of the human psyche.\
Mary V. Dearborn
RaveThe Minneapolis Star TribuneOne of this biography's achievements is to deepen our understanding of Hemingway's fraught relationship with his mother ... Dearborn captures Hemingway in all of his extremes, the story of a hugely flawed and endlessly compelling human being producing enduring art.
Lesley M. M. Blume
RaveMinneapolis Star TribuneLesley M.M. Blume’s look at Ernest Hemingway’s rise to literary prominence...is an essential book, not because it covers Hemingway’s seminal years in Paris and the writing of his breakthrough novel, but because it is so very well done. Blume, a reporter and cultural historian, combines the best aspects of critic, biographer and storyteller in this book, which should be on every serious Hemingway fan’s bookshelf...It’s a complicated story, told masterfully.