My review of George M. Taber’s To Cork or Not To Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottleran in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer. You can see my blog post about it, which was book 16 of 52, here. A sample from today’s review:

“[Taber] makes the problem with and the issues surrounding one little thing – how to close a bottle of wine – seem important by focusing on only that, instead of cluttering the narrative with how to make beautiful wines. That’s for another book – or another 100 books.”

See the full review here.

I’d also like to say congrats to Jennifer Berger, who reviewed Marie Phillips’ Gods Behaving Badly, for today’s Inquirer (it was book 19 of 52 on this blog). Berger is a high school student who worked in the book room for a school project. I met her on my latest trip to the Inquirer book room, and she came out to lunch with me and book review editor, Frank Wilson, who’s retiring.

She’s a nice young woman with a lot of talent. I spent most of today going through old school papers my mom brought down from her attic, and I didn’t write anything close to what Berger did while at good ol’ Haddonfield Memorial High School. That review is here. Congrats!

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.


  1. Frank Wilson on February 5, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    That’s really nice of you, Jen, to bring Jen’s review to people’s attention.

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