Author Archives: Marian Kester Coombs

What Middle Class?

How bourgeois America is getting recast as a proletariat

Rockwell Kent’s Country

In the McCarthy era, painting and politics didn’t mix.

To Save JFK

Stephen King recreates an incredible world—1950s America.

Unraveling the Undead

Our obsession with zombies, from the Congo to Hollywood

American Folk Hero

Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World, John Szwed, Viking, 448 pages

The High Cost of Low Prices

The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World’s Most Powerful Company Really Works—and How It’s Transforming the American Economy, Charles Fishman, Penguin, 294 pages

All About Barbara

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, Barbara Ehrenreich, Metropolitan Books, 256 pages