Ted Odenwald

Janesville: An American Story

Amy Goldstein. Janesville: An American Story. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017. As Reviewed by Ted Odenwald Janesville, Wisconsin, population 63,000 was the home of the oldest working GM plant. For eight and a half decades, the plant had operated “like a mythy wizard, order[ing] the city’s rhythms.” But two […]

Being Mortal

Atul Gawande. Being Mortal. New York: Thorndike Press, 2014. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald Dr. Gawande’s study is both a challenge to the medical profession and an alert to patients and their families. He states that advances in medications and technology have “…turned the process of aging and dying into […]

A Man Called Ove

Fredrick Backman. A Man Called Ove. Henning Koch (Trans.). New York: Large Print Press, 2014. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald To most observers, Ove, the protagonist in Fredrick Backman’s novel, was a sarcastic, bullying, loud-mouthed boor—the community curmudgeon. He was grumpy because “people never gave him reason to see it […]